Festive fun with new dark comedy

A festive-themed comedy full of twists and turns is on its way to two Lancashire venues.

“He Wore A Red Hat” from renowned theatre company New Perspectives will travel to St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Hoghton on Wednesday 9 December at 7pm, followed by Fleetwood Library on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm. 

The show is a festive “noir comedy”, full of twists, turns and sleuthful surprises that is suitable for everyone from 12 to 112!

The village has formed a group of amateur detectives to help solve local crimes. But when part-time unpublished poet Joshua Rogan’s applications are repeatedly turned down, he decides to take sleuthing into his own hands.

Believing he’s one step ahead, he begins to piece together what he thinks are a series of related crimes, enlisting an intern as his put upon side-kick. But just when he thinks he’s onto something, a series of parcels arrive and he’s in for a big surprise…

Join Joshua for a spot of sleuthing as he attempts to restore faith in the festive season…and maybe share a few poems…and possibly fall in love!

New Perspectives Artistic Director Jack McNamara, who wrote and directed the play, took inspiration for the story from a news article reporting that volunteers on horseback were to help police tackle rural crime by patrolling the countryside in Northamptonshire.

Taking this germ as an idea he swapped horseback for cycling to create the bike riding poet- cum-detective for his central character. McNamara said:

“The article fired my imagination as I began to conjure up what kind of ill-equipped person might end up policing rural communities? As a result I conceived a character called Josh Rogan who was both a hopeful poet and a detective, but rather useless at both!”

The show forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of rural touring, taking professional arts events to isolated rural communities.

Speaking ahead of the performances, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:

“This is one of the final shows of our autumn season and it’s a fantastically funny and festive way to welcome the holiday period. New Perspectives are a company with a lot of pedigree so this will undoubtedly be a fantastic night out for all involved!”

Tickets for the Hoghton performance can be booked by calling either 07900 695782 or 01254 852522 and to book tickets for Fleetwood call 0300 1236703 or email fleetwood.library@lancashire.gov.uk.

For more information about the show or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.