Rehearsals are well underway for Thames Music and Drama’s Ties that Bind production, written and directed by Thames local Hilary Rodley.  

Hilary has been involved in Thames MAD for several years, appearing on stage in various musicals and dramatic productions from Around the World in Eighty Days to Legacy.

Hilary’s first play, the comedy Number Five Birdwell Road, was produced last year and enjoyed a sell-out season.  This new play is a somewhat darker look at life and takes place inside the closed doors of two families who are long-time neighbours. Patricia (played by Sheryll Baynes) has remained inside for the last sixteen years, and as the play twists and turns, the audience will discover more about the secrets that have been kept and the shocking events that may have caused her to lock herself away.  

Rest assured, you’re in for a treat with the cast. These faces will be familiar to regular Thames Music and Drama audiences. They bring a wealth of experience to their roles, from Carol, Patricia’s still-at-home 40-something daughter (Stephanie Rowe), to Lauren (Jesse Seymour), the aspiring tik-tok sensation next door. Ewan Grant-Mackie, Sam Horne, Justine Baverstock, Sam Rogers, Maxwell Rodley and Babs Floan fill the remaining roles.

Certainly not for the faint-hearted, this is a play which might well keep you guessing right until the end.  

Ties that Bind is on stage at the Tararu Arts Centre from 19-27 July.

Tickets are available here

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