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Thursday, September 27, 2012
TWO years ago Tobias Nicholls chased his dream after being made redundant - to write, produce and star in his own play.
That dream has taken him from Brentwood to Bridlington and back - and this weekend his tour returns to the Angles Theatre in Wisbech.
Tobias, 32, worked at the Princess Theatre in his home town of Hunstanton, but was made redundant when the lease for the theatre’s management was handed from West Norfolk Council to C and R Cinemas.
So his drama group, Purple Dreams Productions, which he formed in 1999, went professional earlier this year with a three-part series titled The Empty Stage Tour.
The first show in the tour, titled Silent Echo, came to the Angles in February. Tonight part three, Shadows in the Snow, opens for a two-night run.
Tobias said: “I love acting.
“From the producing point of view there is that adrenaline rush. If you want the audience to laugh, if they laugh, you have succeeded.
“On the drama side of things, you sometimes don’t get an instant reaction, but then the audience might gasp if there is something shocking.”
Shadows in the Snow follows the story of Saskia who, after shutting herself off from the world for the past year, decides that she has to get her life back on track.
As Christmas approaches she is determined not to spend it alone. She decides to contact three people who she once classed as her closest friends to spend it with her.
The letters she writes bring her much more than she bargained for - and a long forgotten face turning up at her door brings her whole life into focus and forces her to confront both her past choices and her future decisions.
The play is described as a powerful and thought-provoking drama. Some aspects of it are not suitable for under-14s.
• Shadows in the Snow is at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech, tonight and tomorrow. Shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 each with a group booking (10 or more people) £8 per person.
To purchase tickets, contact the Angles box office on 01945 474447.