AN amateur actor is set to make his debut on stage next week.

Wayne Lythgoe, from Leigh, will be playing the role of The Reverend Arthur Humphrey in St Joseph's Players' classic wartime farcical comedy See How They Run.

The play will run at St Joseph's Hall on Chapel Street in Leigh from Tuesday to Saturday, April 13 with the curtain being raised at 7.30pm each night.

Wayne, 34, said: “I was a little nervous at the first rehearsal of See How They Run, but everyone was so friendly and supportive that I was immediately put at ease.

“It’s a brilliant hobby and a great way of meeting new friends. I’m so glad I got involved.”

See How They Run is set in 1943 in a vicarage neighbouring a prisoner of war internment camp.

Philip King's comedy features all elements of a classic British farce including quickfire quips, stinging slapstick, mistaken identity and doors opening and closing at precisely the wrong moment.

The play is directed by Donna Wood.

After the fun he has had working in rehearsal, Wayne is urging more people to join the theatre group.

St Joseph’s Players, one the country’s oldest amateur dramatic societies, is on the lookout for anyone aiming to tread the boards.

The society is also keen on finding anyone to lend a hand in the sound and lighting department, help out in wardrobe, or join the stage crew building spectacular sets.

No experience is necessary and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

Tickets for See How They Run are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for those aged 16 and under.

Refreshments are also available.

They can be bought from Spectrum Blinds on Chapel Street or on the door.

They can also be booked online by clicking here.

If you are interested in joining the group email