Mercury reporter’s play to go on stage

A PRIZE-winning comedy play by former Matlock Mercury and Ripley and Heanor News journalist Richard Woolley can be seen this weekend at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

Richard, who worked as a reporter and then sub-editor at the papers, lost his 18-month battle with leukaemia in October 2009, at the age of 26.

His play, Tabasco, was written when he was a teenager and won a contest at the theatre. It will be seen again on Saturday, March 19, as part of the Pomegranate’s New Playwright Festival, and will be shown to raise awareness and funds for the charities the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Also to be heard on Saturday is a stage reading of Richard’s comedy St Christopher while extracts from the journal he kept during his battle – Leukaemia: My Marathon For Love – will be read out.

Tickets to see Tabasco cost £10 and are available from the Pomegranate Theatre on 01246 345222. To order Leukaemia – My Marathon For Love, published by Authorhouse and also £10, with profits going to the two charities, email mike.woolley01@btopenworld.com.