AN award-winning Kidderminster theatre company is set to stage their first production after a two-year hiatus.

Talking Props stage school will go ahead with their version of the much-loved musical Grease at the Stourport Civic from Wednesday, July 14 to Saturday, July 17.

This follows 18-months of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Performers at the theatre studio, which has previously staged sell-out productions of Les Miserables and hairspray will be returning to the stage after two-years.

Their Grease show will be staged under social distancing and Covid safety measures with a reduced seating capacity.

Principal of the studio, Michael Neri, said: “I’m so pleased we are finally able to get our students on stage, we have had to cancel four productions over the past 18 months due to constant changes from the government and in order to keep our students safe during the initial stages of the pandemic, we usually rehearse over the course of the academic year alongside our usual technical dance and acting classes.

"This production has been put together in the equivalent time of just 30 hours before dress rehearsal. This is exceptional work from our students to pick up in such a short space of time and still produce what I think will be a spectacular show .“

The show will feature Max Coleman as Danny along with a cast of well-established Talking Props students and some new faces to. This year will be the final show of graduates Grace Winterburn, Bronwyn Teasdale, and Rubi Bown, Ruby has been with the stage school since day one and will leave this year after seven years of productions and classes with the studio since it was first established back in 2014.

All three students will go on to train further in their crafts with Rubi Bown heading to Italia Conti in London to study musical theatre, Grace Winterburn will be attending the National film and television School and Bronwyn Teasdale will be spending a year with theatre company and training facilitator Peer productions.

Principal Michael Neri added: “We really have all pulled together to get the show on stage, it would’ve been far easier to postpone or stop the show altogether but it simply wasn’t possible to align everyone’s calendar and get the show that we wanted.

"So we are going for it and unfortunately will be lucky to break even on the coast this year due to the reduced seating.

"However our students have worked tirelessly and deserve the chance to get on stage and perform, we trained them very hard and the show is a combination of all their hard work and training that they encompass throughout the year “.

Saturday night of Grease has already sold out with Friday night having only a few seats remaining. Tickets are still available and can be booked via the studio website at