Autumn Production 2023

Keeping Our End Up

By Mark Carey

Directed by Trisha Donson

Tuesday 24th October - Saturday 28th October

Bar opens upstairs at 6.45pm Hall opens at 7.00pm


Book Tickets - Tickets will be available from Freds book shop and online in October


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Keeping Our End Up, The Kelsick Centre, Ambleside


LIKE all great sporting stories Keeping Our End Up, a new play by Mark Carey, features a crew fighting against the odds but hungry for victory.

Forget boxers born on the wrong side of the tracks, basketball, baseball, football heroes with impossible dreams, high morals and rippling muscles – featured here onstage are the five motley members of the Longfield Bishop ladies bowls club.

It is funny from the off – the clever script is chockfull of gags, and the direction from Trisha Donson will be spot on as she allows the character-driven drama to play out with no gimmicks just some fine acting from the strong cast.

The set is the claustrophobic confines of the tumbling down clubhouse – it has a leaky roof and looks knackered.

A metaphor? Absolutely.

The ladies team is flailing at the bottom of the league and facing demotion… to stay up they must win their last match of the season against their arch rivals, and who are the best team in the league.

The trouble is the ladies are also doing battle in ‘the game of life’ as they take arms against a sea of troubles: unhappy marriages, aging, bereavement, solitude…