Chorley Youth Theatre plan fairytale performance

'The Light Burns Blue' is being staged by Chorley Youth Theatre, directed by Lucy Aspinall (pictured), telling the world-famous story of two young girls who claimed to photograph fairies in 1917
'The Light Burns Blue' is being staged by Chorley Youth Theatre, directed by Lucy Aspinall (pictured), telling the world-famous story of two young girls who claimed to photograph fairies in 1917

A true story of fairies at the bottom of the garden is the basis of the new play from Chorley Youth Theatre.

‘The Light Burns Blue’ is being staged for three performances in January, and tells the story of Elsie Wright, a 17-year-old girl living in Yorkshire during the First World War.

With her friend Frances Griffiths she claimed to have photographed fairies near their home.

The photographs became a worldwide sensation, with people keen to establish the truth of whether fairies are real or not.

A film was also made in 1997 called ‘Fairytale – A True Story’, and now, the tale will be performed live for audiences in Chorley.

Lucy Aspinall directs the play, devised to be performed by a large, mostly female, cast, and as such is ideal for Chorley Youth Theatre, which has 60 members.

The group meets every Saturday at Chorley Little Theatre, which is where the play will be performed on January 15 and 16.

They’re currently taking no new members after four sell-out shows in a row meant spaces filled fast.

The cast and crew are all aged between 11 and 19-years-old and their productions are for a similar age group, with the coming-of-age musical ‘Thirteen’ planned for July.

Tickets for the hsow are £6 for adults, and £4 for children, from Malcolm’s Musicland on 01257 264362 or via www.chorleytheatre.com.