Award-winning actors 'wed' in triple ceremony at Stourbridge church

Stourbridge News: Left to right - David Atkins, Teresa Byrne, Alan Cresswell, Ben Rees, Sarah Field, James Emptage, Frances Muller, Judy Alcock. Buy photo: 211229M Buy this photo Left to right - David Atkins, Teresa Byrne, Alan Cresswell, Ben Rees, Sarah Field, James Emptage, Frances Muller, Judy Alcock. Buy photo: 211229M

A STOURBRIDGE church saw not one but three couples ‘tie the knot’ in the same day when Side by Side theatre group stopped off to film a triple wedding scene.

St Johns Church was loaned to the award-winning group of actors with learning disabilities while they filmed a scene which will feature in their forthcoming production of Dream On - based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Side By Side director Susan Wallin said the group had been rehearsing for months to perfect the scene, which was filmed by group member Amanda Hill for use at the start of the show due to run at Stourbridge Town Hall from June 20 to 22.

She added that at least two of the couples wished the wedding had been for real - saying: “We often have romances in our group.”

Dream On, which won the renowned group a place in the quarter finals of the All England Theatre Festival earlier this year, was performed as part of Royal Shakespeare Company’s prestigious Open Stages project celebrating the work of the Bard and amateur theatre groups.

And following its outing in Stourbridge it will run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Tickets for Dream On at Stourbridge Town Hall can be booked at The Well Coffee Shop in Stourbridge High Street or on 01384 441552.

To find out more about the group visit website www.sidebysidetheatrecompanystourbridge.co.uk

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