A KIDDERMINSTER theatre company is preparing to stage their new comedy production ‘See How They Run.’  

The Nonentities will be welcoming theatre fans to The Rose for their latest show next week.

The play is set in the far-off days of a permanently sunny afternoon during World War II in the sleepy village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, where the vicar, Lionel Toop, lives with his ex-actress wife Penelope.

Who should turn up out of the blue while Lionel is away deputising for the pianist in a local concert? Only Lance Corporal Clive Winton, a previous acting chum of Penelope’s, and all begins to fall apart when the local busy body catches them reliving an old play they toured and thinks Pen is having an affair.

Penelope persuades Clive to sneak off for a night to the local amateur dramatics, which means abandoning his uniform and dressing up as a vicar.

“I don’t like it,” he says, “I’ve played in too many plays where characters have done this sort of thing, and something’s always gone wrong.”

Add an escaped German P.O.W. (also disguised as a vicar), a bottle of cooking sherry, a cheeky cockney maid, a confused locum come to take the Sunday service, an army sergeant, and the Bishop of Lax.  

The comedy is running from Monday, February 21 to Saturday, February 26.