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The ‘Lark in the Park’ returns

The cast of the play at 'Lark in the Park' 2015.
The cast of the play at 'Lark in the Park' 2015. / R. Armstrong
  • Locals are invited to take a picnic, refreshments, blankets - and their dancing shoes - for an evening of entertainment in aid of the Age Charity España charity

The International Theatre Studio will hold their annual outdoor charity event, ‘Lark in the Park’, in the Parque Leonera, Benahavís on Sunday 4 June to raise money for Age Concern España. Locals are invited to take a picnic, refreshments, blankets - and their dancing shoes - for an evening of entertainment in aid of the charity which, run by volunteers, aims to give older people the opportunity to remain independent for as long as possible.

‘Lark in the Park’ will begin at 6.30pm with a one-act play performed by the local amateur dramatic group. The interval will be time to enjoy a picnic in the gardens of the park before a second half of live music from Stella, Sam Oliver and Karen Danzig gives the audience the chance to dance.

ITS will bring David Tristram’s “Last Tango in Little Grimley” to Benahavís in a directorial debut by Martin Curd, who first got involved with the theatre group two years ago.

It is a fast-paced comedy about a fictional amateur dramatic group struggling to stay afloat until the under-pressure director comes up with an audacious plan.

Martin, 49, admits that directing for the first time is a challenge. “Having overall control of the play is a bit nerve-wracking, especially since most of the actors I am working with have far more experience than I have,” he said.

He feels “honoured” to take on the challenge, though, and is looking forward to “hearing the audience laugh at the ridiculous scenarios and the comic lines delivered with great timing by the cast”.

Admission to the event is by donation for Age Concern España with a suggested minimum donation of 13€ per person.

Tickets are available online (www.internationaltheatrestudio.org), from the following outlets: Time in Spain in Estepona Port, Viva in San Pedro or Cath’s Cards in Benavista, or on the door.