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Digging Deep

Digging Deep

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A hard-hitting drama, staged by performers from around the region, kickstarts Preston’s new Arts Café venue Korova this Friday and Saturday.

Blackburn actor and writer Gemma Flannery worked with director Charlie Mortimer, from Chorley, and actors Laura Hills-Leigh, from Leyland, and Amy Dee, from Warrington, ato create Digging Deep, a play about what we sometimes do to uncover secrets, suspicions and fears.

Inspired by true stories, it shows the difficult, often turbulent relationship between sisters who are both keeping secrets from each other.

Gemma Flannery has worked closely with the police and vulnerable groups and this play, which premiered in November, is written to show the effect of psychological and physical abuse.

Digging Deep runs at Korova, 15-16 St Wilfrid Street, off Fishergate. Tickets are £5 or £4. Box office: www.wegottickets.com/theatrebynumbers

Glyndebourne comes to Lancaster this summer – beamed live to The Dukes cinema screen.

Six world class operas from the festival begin next Thursday with Ariadne Auf Naxos, a new collaboration between composer Richard Strauss and writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, shown live.

The second, on June 20, is a recorded screening of Verdi’s Falstaff, a revival of a staging first seen at Glyndebourne in 2009. On July 11, a recorded showing of Le Nozze Di Figaro sees rising British soprano Sally Matthews make her Glyndebourne debut.

Then there are live screenings of Hippolyte Et Aricie on July 25, Don Pasquale on August 6 and, to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, Billy Budd on August 22. Box Office: 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org