Hollywood actress drama DIVA builds on sell-out success

DIVA, presented at Hasland Playhouse on June 23 and at Bakewell's Medway Centre on July 14.
DIVA, presented at Hasland Playhouse on June 23 and at Bakewell's Medway Centre on July 14.

A play about a Hollywood film star will be performed in north Derbyshire after sell-out audiences elsewhere in the county.

DIVA, by Belper playwright George Gunby. is heading for Hasland Playhouse on June 23,

Directed by Fliss Goldsmith, DiVA tells the story of Virginia Wilson, an English actress who became a huge film and television star in Hollywood. After losing her fortune Virginia has to return to England to work. She arrives at the Timothy Dalton Theatre in Derby and from then on things donit go as

planned.

“We have a great cast,” said Fliss Goldsmith. “They first performed DiVA last year to sell out audiences in Belper and Wirksworth. They’ve come back to

DiVA this year and taken it to higher levels. It’s funny, it’s sad and, at times shocking. Audiences have loved DiVA.”

Kay Facer Swann, a professional actress for over twenty five years, plays Virginia Wilson. Sali Gresham, a professional theatre practitioner for more than 25 years, and Mik Horvath, one of Derbyshire’s most talented actors, complete the trio who are on stage for almost all of the play.

Kay said: “When George sent me the script I read a page and a half before I rang him and said I want to do this. It’s a dream of a part for any actress,”

DiVA will be staged at the Playhouse, Storforth Lane, Hasland, on June 23 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 from belperartsfestival.org and from the Playhouse on performance night.

DiVA will also be staged at the Medway Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire on July 14.

For full details contact George Gunby via email: nonnel@sky.com or call 07847 478251.