Triple bill for tension and titters as Henlow theatre team take to the stage

Silent Night is one of three short plays being presented by HATS at Henlow Theatre, May 2016

Silent Night is one of three short plays being presented by HATS at Henlow Theatre, May 2016 - Credit: Archant

The HATS team are gearing up for their spring production at Henlow Theatre – and promising not one play, but three, to anyone who books a ticket for the show which starts a short run next Thursday.

There are three one-act plays on the bill which the company promise will provide a great mix of comedy and drama, with the emphasis on keeping you laughing.

First up is Driving Mr Diddy by Mary Brannon, billed as a hilarious comedy with some fantastic characterisation.

Linda Winfield, Geoff Fagg and Lee Masters are centre stage for the curtain-raiser before the focus shifts to Silent Night by Colin and Mary Crowther.

This drama is based on a true story in which an ordinary family take cover from a wartime air raid in their garden shelter.

Then there’s a direct hit, and in the aftermath of the bomb there’s little they can do but wait to meet their maker.

As they sit in their cramped, corrugated shelter, old tensions and new revelations are examined in the dim light of a storm lantern. As dawn rises, we find out their final fate.

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The play – directed by Chris Proctor – stars Sue Kennedy and Keith Lander as the long-suffering parents, and Carly Fielding and Shayn Dickens as their irrepressible offspring.

Produced by Jamie Ward, Silent Night will have you on the edge of your seats or alternatively falling off them as the mood changes from high drama to pure comedy, pathos to slapstick.

The triple bill is completed by The Chip Van Plays Dixie by Robert Iles, a poignant comedy set on a bench where two strangers meet.

Letchworth’s Settlement Players are contributing this part of the bill, a story about a man and a woman who both have reasons for feeling life hasn’t got much to offer them – but who discover that they have plenty in common.

There are performaces being held next Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, with doors opening a 7pm and the curtain going up at the Hitchin Road venue at 7.30pm.

Tickets are only £8 with concessions on offer at £6.

To book yours call 01462 700785 or 07876 353677, or go online at