THE Red Cliffs Players Association will tomorrow perform Terry Pratchet’s Guards! Guards! at Cardross Hall, its first production since the COVID hit.

The play, which is a comedy set in a fantastical world filled with dragons, wizards and magic, was originally going to be performed in August last year, but was postponed until this week.

While the Association had to again postpone this week’s premiere, originally set for tonight, due to the recent lockdown, president Suzanne Pendock and the rest of the 17 cast members have stayed enthusiastic for the whole stretch.

“A huge amount of work has gone into this from everyone involved,” Suzanne said.

“We’ve been rehearsing almost three times a week in person and over ‘Zoom’ since April last year, and we’ve also had to organise costumes, props and sound, but we’ve been saying throughout the period that we will definitely be going ahead because it’s a great show.
“Despite the five-day snap lockdown, everyone remained really positive knowing that we we’re absolutely going to go on and perform!”

While Suzanne admits the continual lockdowns over the last year have been a huge challenge to the production, the organisation and preparedness of everyone at Red Cliffs Players ensured it was not as bad as it could have been.

“While it has been disappointing to have had to keep moving things around when COVID hit we were nonetheless happy with how things were progressing,” she said.

“We work together on everything and are a big family here, and that helps through the challenges. It’s a lovely feeling.
“People will love the production, it’s a lot of fun with and array of different characters and it will appeal to audiences of all ages.”

Guards! Guards! will be performed four more times after the premiere tomorrow night, with dates set for February 21, 25, 26 and 27 and the message is don’t miss it!

Tickets can be bought at trybooking.com/BKJJS or from Green Goddess Flowers and COVID-safe measures such as a check-in system, a temperature check and limited audience numbers will be in place.