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By Democrat reporter

The curtain will go up at the Denny Civic Theatre on Wednesday evening when the Dumbarton People’s Theatre’s latest play goes public.

Following the sell-out success of their Christmas pantomime, Dumbarton People’s Theatre (DPT) will begin their run of “Lovers: Winners and Losers”, by Irish playwright Brian Friel, pictured above, on February 27.  With opening night fast approaching, DPT members have moved rehearsals into the Denny Civic Theatre.

The play, which is set in Ireland in the 1960s, explores the lives of two pairs of lovers and invites the audience to contrast them in separate scenes based on two very different stories.

In the first scene, theatre goers will meet two young lovers – Joe and Mag – played by Robbie Hail and Eve Gallagher.

In scene two, the play looks in on a Catholic household and the love life of the Losers – Hanna played by Susan Anderson and Andy by Chris Campbell.

Janette Barnes from DPT said: “Lovers has moments of humour with a good story and varied and interesting characters.

“It is a fascinating and thought-provoking work as one would expect from the pen of Brian Friel – three of whose plays have been performed in past seasons by DPT.”

The play’s experienced cast were selected following a big turnout for auditions and the actors have been busy polishing their performance in rehearsals ever since.

The director is Patricia Connelly with Debbie Chalmers stage managing and Wendy Cairns responsible for set design.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from McDermid’s Keystore, at the Box Office or by e-mailing dumbartonpeoplestheatre@outlook.com.

Following this week’s run, there will be little down time for DPT with members moving back into their rehearsal studio in Glasgow Road on March 5 to audition ‘Ladies in Lavender’.

This is the stage version of the famous Maggie Smith and Judy Dench hit set in Cornwall in the 1930s.

The Lavender play will be presented in the Denny Civic Theatre from March 1 to 4

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