A NEW production of an acclaimed play is to be performed in Upton by a new production company.

The Village Theatre Company will perform Keith Waterhouse's Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at Upton Memorial Hall.

The play follows the late journalist and alcoholic Jeffrey Bernard, formerly of the Spectator, as he gets locked in his favourite pub in Soho.

Resigned to spending the rest of the night with just vodka and cigarettes for company, he tells a story of anecdotes and witty reminiscences.

The Village Theatre Company was established by Bob Clarke, a Kempsey-based actor who will also play Jeffrey Bernard. He will be supported by four other players taking on various roles.

Mr Clarke, who first went to drama college aged 52, decided to stage the play after performing excerpts from the play during his drama exams. It will be directed by Mr Clarke's drama college colleague Patrick Bentley.

The play starts at 7.45pm on Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24. Tickets are £6, available from Rose's Corner in Upton. Patrons are invited to bring their own drinks. For more information, call 01684 591565.