Good Looking Boy Wynds up at Melrose

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WRITER Michael Wicherek is hoping actor Lloyd Thomas gets over his footballing blues before appearing at the Wynd Theatre in Time for the Good Looking Boy next month.

The urban ghost story stops off in Melrose on July 28 and 29 before a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival.

And the play’s sole performer should have cheered up by the time he visits the Borders, according to Michael.

He said: “Lloyd is a mad Birmingham City fan and he is still in mourning that manager Alex McLeish has left.

“But I am sure he will have recovered by the time he performs at the Wynd.

“Lloyd is a lovely lad. He is 26 years old and has a great future in front of him.”

And it is not just Michael who rates Lloyd, who will host a discussion with the audience after his Wynd performances.

As well as working with Box Clever Theatre, founded by Michael in 1995, Lloyd has completed a five-month contract with BBC Radio Drama where he was awarded the Norman Beaton Fellowship and featured in the corporation’s Asian Network radio soap, Silver Street.

Time for the Good Looking Boy has also been well received and will make its first appearance in Edinburgh at the Pleasance in August.

It has toured across the UK and picked up a Writers’ Guild Award nomination last year.

Michael added: “It is set in the early hours of a Sunday morning outside the house of an 18-year-old boy who lives with his mum.

“It has all the features of a ghost story such as suspense, but is also quite moving.

“It is only 65 minutes and appeals to people from ages 14 to 80. Within that time, the audience gets to know the boy and his life.”

Michael studied in London and Bristol before setting up Box Clever in London.

But the artistic director has ties to the Borders through his sister Catharine who moved to the region 10 years ago with her husband and is an active member of Gala Operatic Society.

Their mother and father followed soon after, retiring to Melrose.

“I am guaranteed four ticket sales at least!” joked Michael.

He added: “The Pleasance is a similar space to the Wynd which is one of the reasons we choose it. It is a cracking show.”

Future productions by the theatre group include a Romeo and Juliet adaptation aimed at encouraging young people into Shakespeare.

Jo Clough, of the Wynd, said: “We have a very exciting drama programme coming up, beginning with Time for the Good Looking Boy in July as the first step in what we hope will become a regular pre-Fringe offering.

“We then have a new Firebrand production in September, a Rowan Tree play and an adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe by Northern Theatre Company, both in October.

“November will see The Rocking Horse Winner, based on the DH Lawrence short story, brought to us by North Country Theatre.”

Time for the Good Looking Boy begins at 7.30pm on July 28 and 29, with tickets priced at £11.50, £9 for under 18s. Ten admissions can be bought for the price of nine. Tickets from www.redshedtickets.com or phone 08432 898 555.