‘DUCKS’ – a new production from The User Friendly Theatre Company

23 April 2018 | Pamela Linden


‘DUCKS’ – A musical play by Clare Graydon-James inspired by the WW1 poetry of F.W. Harvey

THE Memorial Room, St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NA.

4th-8th August, daily at 2.30pm
Tickets £7: concessions £5: family tickets £20.
available on the door or from the Fringe box office, tel. 0131 226 0000

Old secrets and new challenges confront Joy and her elderly mother. Can FW. Harvey’s evocative war poetry help and reconcile the two ladies? To find out, don’t miss Anne Graydon in this theatrical gem by Clare Graydon-James.

Two multi-talented sisters, who have carved out successful performing careers at opposite ends of the country, formed this innovative and inclusive company in 2011. Since then, it has staged acclaimed productions for audiences of all ages. Anne Graydon studied drama and music at Sunderland University, The London College of Music, and at Newcastle College where she was “Top Student”. Since then, she has proved her versatility by performing regularly in Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, contemporary drama, pantomime, musical theatre, improvised role play, film, Theatre In Education and story telling. She is currently appearing as Agnes de Percy at Alnwick Castle. Nicknamed the “User Friendly Soprano”, Clare Graydon-James is an award winning classical and cabaret singer, actress, musician, songwriter and playwright; whose numerous broadcasts have included an ITV documentary on her life and career, which featured her work as the first blind singer to be engaged by The Royal Opera House’s outreach department, and a live performance on “Test Match Special”, of one of Clare’s own cabaret songs. “Ducks” was written to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and, after its premiere in Harvey’s native Gloucestershire, members of the F.W. Harvey society described the show as: “poignantly presented”, “rare entertainment” and “amazing!”.

For more information: tel. 01322 274791 or visit clare-graydon-james.co.uk