A Cumbrian theatre pair has a show that is set to hit the stage, and tour across other venues.

Theatre company, The Moonlighters Collective, is bringing their original show 'Dear Beryl' to the Portland Works Makerspace, Sheffield (with live streaming options) after a two-week Research and Development period at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

The Arts Council funded showing, which explores technology and social media, is directed by Anna Ryder, from the Live Theatre Newcastle, Royal Shakespeare Company, and produced by Hannah Roze-Lewis and Amy Allenby who run the company together.

Hannah, from Cockermouth, wrote the play, and then developed it with Amy, from Greysouthen.

They plan to tour the show across northern venues in future, and are particularly keen to engage young theatre makers and secondary school students in Cumbria. 'Dear Beryl' is a two-woman dark dystopian comedy, which began life at Theatre by the Lake's scratch night in 2020, prior to lockdown.

Over lockdown, a work-in-progress extract was performed at Command Fringe Festival, with social distancing measures, receiving a 4-star review from North West End.

Hannah said: “After a year of working remotely, we’re delighted to be back in a room physically working on the show.”

“We’re grateful to the team at Theatre by the Lake for creating such a safe space.”

Tickets for the Sheffield showing, on the 15th-17th July can be purchased via the Portland Works Makerspace at https://www.onlyluckydogs.co.uk/portland-works.