First play proves a hit with audiences


Staff reporter (Chester First)

AN actor and director from Chester can add playwright to his achievements after his debut play was staged.

Mark Newman, a former deputy front of house manager at the Chester Gateway Theatre, wrote Useless Beauty in 2013 and saw it performed in front of an audience for the first time at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester.

It enjoyed a successful three night run.

Speaking about the feedback he and the cast had received about the play, Mr Newman – who works as campus services manager at Glyndwr University, Wrexham – said: “It was very daunting at first to hear the lines I had written being spoken by the cast and as a writer you will always wonder whether lines you think may be funny actually are.

“It’s not until you hear an audience laughing at them that you know you’ve got it right.

The cast and crew did a wonderful job in bringing all the elements of the play together and I am very pleased that, given it was a completely new and unknown piece, my first stab at writing a full length play has been so well received.”

The delighted cast of Richard Steventon, Marian Newman, Dhugal Fulton and Fiona Wheatcroft had previously performed with Mr Newman in other shows for Tip Top Productions at The Forum Studio Theatre and for Chester Theatre Club. They were thrilled the play was well supported by the theatregoing public.

Following Useless Beauty, Tip Tip Productions is staging the musical Avenue Q from March 6 to 15.

This will be followed by The God of Carnage from March 19 to 22.

For full details of all upcoming shows and for online booking go to or call the box office on 01244 341296.

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