Alban Arena reopens with RARE St Swithuns

A SCHOOL for unruly young ladies takes over the stage of the newly spick and span Alban Arena following its two-week summer shutdown.

RARE Productions is putting on The Latter Daze of St Swithuns at the Arena this Saturday with performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

RARE is the largest amateur production company in the UK, producing around 30 shows per year and featuring young people aged between eight and 21.

It is the company’s first appearance at the Arena and is a workshop production where rehearsals are concentrated into only five days before the performances themselves.

St Swithuns is a school for unruly pupils – and any similarity with another well-known establishment is entirely deliberate – whose students get involved with a trio of incompetent bank robbers who have stashed the proceeds on the premises.

There are lots of twists and turns before right triumphs over wrong and everything works out.

Written by RARE’s directors Andy Burton and Dave Marriott, the show includes such sixties favourites as Johnny B. Goode, Great Balls of Fire, Be My Baby and At the Hop.

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