An aspiring young actor from Liverpool will take centre stage when a new play by a Chester-based actor and playwright is premiered at Chester Little Theatre.
The play The Prescribed Distance,a one-act play by Mark Newman, is being staged in The Salisbury Studio at Chester Little Theatre from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th April at 7.30pm and features 14 year old Brian Comer in the pivotal role of Patrick. Set against the background of “The Troubles” in 1970s Belfast, the play centres on the meeting up in the present day of two ex-army pals, Joe (played by Richard Steventon) and Bernie (Ray Bengree) and the introduction of Bernie’s new lady-friend, Maggie (Marian Newman). As the story unfolds and painful, long buried memories bubble to the surface, it’s clear that the three have more in common than they at first realise, but what is their connection with young Patrick?
Making his debut with Chester Little Theatre as Patrick, Brian, 14, trains at Performers Theatre School and Van Netten Performing Arts in Liverpool. His first major role was as Chip in BOST’s production of Beauty and the Beastat the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Since then he has gone on to perform in Bill Kenwright’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatand Evitain both the Liverpool Empire Theatre and St Helens Theatre Royal. Brian performed as Head Lost Boy in UK Productions pantomime Peter Panat the New Brighton Floral Pavilion and recently was cast as John Darling in the LHK Production of the same panto at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool. In November 2017, Brian played his favourite role of The Artful Dodger in BOST’s production of Oliver!at the Liverpool Royal Court theatre and also sang as part of choir supporting pop group “Collabro” when their tour came to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. His biggest role to date was playing Bruce Bogtrotter in the West End production of Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
The play is the second to be penned by Chester-based actor Mark Newman whose previous play Useless Beautyhas been staged at both The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester and at Chester Little Theatre to critical acclaim. Mark, Operations Manager at The University of Chester, said “I am really delighted that Chester Little Theatre have chosen to stage The Prescribed Distance, as with any new play, working with the cast in developing the characters and bringing them to life on stage for the first time has been a fascinating experience. Speaking about casting Brian as Patrick, Mark said “Brian is a joy to work with. The play addresses some serious issues and deals with one of the darkest times in modern British history and Brian has totally taken this on board. His performance as Patrick will undoubtedly break a few hearts.”
Tickets are £7 and £6 concessions and can be booked on this website from the Home Page. Alternatively, telephone TicketSource on 0333 666 3366. Booking charges apply. Tickets may be available on the door. Seats in the Salisbury Studio are unnumbered.