The Players are back to present their summer rendition of three short, yet very different plays next week.

The Salcombe Players have prepared a confection of light-hearted entertainment with three contrasting short plays, which they’ve titled Three Plays and an Interval.

Two of the plays are from Duets by Peter Quilter, a quartet of romantic comedies which are a tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart. In the first play, Blind Date, characters Jonathan and Wendy, are on a first date yet are unconvinced as the date goes on. Bride to Be sees Angela, a bride with severe last-minute jitters, being persuaded by her brother Toby amid a barrage of bad omens.

After the interval, the Players will set the scene of a local village hall where the dress rehearsal for a very British costume show is in progress. Dress Rehearsal by Alec Baron is a ‘rib-tickling’ insight into the challenges a local drama group can face.

In the play, Mrs Grandway, the director is trying to pull the show together despite seemingly insurmountable problems with lighting, costumes, props, the script, and just about everything else.

With the author of the play watching, the whole cast is panicking, however the show must go on.

Three Plays and an Interval promises “a programme of light-hearted, heart-warming entertainment”, and will run on Monday, August 13 and 14 at the Cliff House, Salcombe, starting at 7.30 each night.

Tickets are £8 for adults, and £4 for under 16s, and are available at the Salcombe Information Centre. There will be a licensed bar available both nights, as well.

Salcombe Players secretary, Christine Bonner, is also sending out a reminder for the Christmas Variety Show.

“Don’t forget to also look out for A Night with the Stars on December 13-15 this year. All proceeds as usual go to the Salcombe Swimming Pool Association charity which runs the outdoor Salcombe pool in which local children learn to swim and the delights of which can be enjoyed by all from May to September.

“This year, due to the success of their production, Cinderella, the Players were delighted to donate £2,500. If you are six or over and would like to join us either on the stage or behind the scenes, please contact me at [email protected] or on 01548 843243.

“We can promise you a lot of fun.”