Lancashire TV actress stars in new play touring county

TV actress Josie Cerise from Eccleston, Chorley, will star in a new 1960s drama, ‘Lightning under their Skirts’  which tours St Anne’s Library, The Barlow in Edgworth and Calder Vale Village Hall from May 11-13.

Cerise is known for her work on children’s television in “Grandpa in my Pocket” on CBeebies and her role as Mini Ha Ha in the BAFTA-nominated “Ha Ha Hairies”. She also played Gollum in The Dukes Theatre’s recent production of The Hobbit.

‘Lightning under their Skirts’, which has been written by former Cheshire Poet Laureate, Joy Winkler, is a beautiful and funny play about growing up and moving on, and is a real celebration of all things 60s.

The story is about two siblings who want to escape their humdrum mother-dominated lives in an end terrace rife with secrets and lies. It is about growing up and moving on. More though, it is about that most delicious of feelings, how we break free and start living a new life.

The latter is true of Sandy as she breaks free into the 1960s, whereas her brother Gary becomes trapped by events into a life he doesn’t want.

The show will tour with Spot On Lancashire, which brings professional theatre, dance, music and family shows to rural venues across the county.

Speaking ahead of the shows, Winkler who lives in Macclesfield but whose father was from Wigan, said:

“I got the idea for the new show from old photos and family memories of Saturday night dances in 1960s Barnsley where I grew up. It’s set in 1961, Gary wants to borrow a few bob off his sister Sandy to go dancing – and that’s where the trouble starts!

“Expect singing, flirting, fighting, making up, typing on old typewriters, best friends, the stealing of lipsticks, jealousy, fear, and lies – family tensions as real now as then.”


Harvey Robinson will play Gary after rave reviews as Mr. Wolf in ‘Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’ at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre with Action Transport Theatre.

Full of secrets and poetry, ‘Lightning under their Skirts’ includes ‘A taste of the Sixties’ – imagine Babycham and get ready for plenty of fun from the decade!

Winkler, who also stars in the play, was working as a writer with women prisoners in HMP Styal, south Manchester, when she was appointed the first woman Cheshire Poet Laureate in 2005.

This is her fourth play with award-winning director Kevin Dyer, who has directed theatre companies across the UK for 20 years. He has a special interest in working with poets.

‘Lightning under their Skirts’ is a Storm in the North production in association with Action Transport Theatre. Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets for the shows can be booked directly from the venues. For the St. Anne’s performance, drop into the library or email stannes.library@lancashire.gov.uk to book. For The Barlow in Edgworth, call either 01204 852216 or 01204 852848 and for the Calder Vale show, call either 01995 602615 or 01995 606278.

For more information on the shows and ticket details, or to see the full Spot On spring season programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Sue Robinson by emailing hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk or calling 01254 660 360.