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Premiere of Modern Day Farce Penned by Actor & ICU Nurse

Ryan Starling, whose family live in North Walsham, will premiere his comedy ‘The Morning After (The Night Before)’ play at Sheringham Little Theatre in August.

The 29-year-old is a regular performer at the venue, starting in its youth group and more recently taking roles, ranging from a ‘nerd’ to a granddad, in the theatres summer drama season.

He has been combining his love of acting with training and working as a nurse, and after qualifying has been doing 12-hour intensive care unit shifts at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

And after gruelling work sessions, lockdown gave him the time to fulfil the dream of writing a play of his own, in which he will take the lead role.

“I have been in a lot of farces, which are mainly set in a certain era when things were not quite politically correct, so I had the idea to write one from the modern day a few years ago while on tour,” explained Ryan.

He plays Gary who wants to get engaged to girlfriend Megan, and seeks to win over his future, but hostile, mother-in-law. However his best-laid plans turn to disaster when his best friend Temmy gets involved.

“Gary is an unfortunate and is trying not to be a party animal, but ends up having the biggest night of his life – with a pole dancer and police involved. There will be all the traditional elements of a farce such as door slamming and mistaken identity, but more relevant to current times.

“Farce’s appeal is broad – with a mix of visual and verbal comedy – and it is hard to write, to blend heightened reality without it becoming nonsense and keeping something back so the audience doesn’t guess what is going to happen,” he added.

The six-strong cast also features Little Theatre favourites Loraine Metcalfe as her mother and Ollie Westlake as Temmy.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Our audiences love a good farce, but there are not many modern day ones about. Having one written by one of our favourite actors is a real delight and will give us a boost in our summer season during a difficult year for the theatre. We cannot wait to see how Gary’s night turns out.”

The show runs from 18th-21st August at 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on August 19th and 20th. Tickets £16 / £8 students. For more information or to book visit


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