Hotel La Resistance

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SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS brings you Hotel  la Resistance which is a farcical comedy that has been created and written by local resident James Dale-Grey.

It is late summer 1944 in the foothills of the Pyrenees in France and the hotel/bar is situated in a small market town 40km from the Spanish border and is a popular meeting place for the Germans and the French.

Jim is acting as both producer and director of the play which will be performed in a theatre/supper environment at the Bar/Restaurant Mont Martre which can be located on Mojacar Playa. Jim is nearly 82 and full of energy and enthusiasm. He retired to Mojacar with his wife Annabelle, now of 56 years standing almost 14 years ago. They were drawn here by an advertisement in a Sunday Supplement that they happened to be reading on a cold, wet British November day and have never looked back.

Jim comes from a family of drapers but decided that it was not for him and so branched out into printing, eventually owning his own company and employing more than 20 people. A self-made man, originally from Yorkshire, Jim encompasses everything that is the quintessential English man from a bygone era.

Jim’s interest in the theatre was ignited when his then 11 year old son came home to announce that he wanted to be an actor. Jim and Annabelle did all they could to support him and with obvious success as their son, now aged 52, is a Professor of Music and Drama and lives and works in Singapore. Annabelle also took part in many productions in the UK, even appearing with her own mother.

Sitting in the Mont Marte bar one evening chatting to French husband and wife team, Mehdi and Michele, who have run the restaurant for some three years, a germ of an idea was planted, suggested by the colourful characters that frequent the bar. Mehdi has a wonderful sense of humour and encouraged Jim in his endeavours. And so Jim set about writing his Hotel La Resistance play. It pays homage to the highly successful “Allo Allo” series at a time when the leading light Gordon Kaye recently passed away.

His aim is to spread happiness and laughter and if the rehearsals are anything to go by he is succeeding. He hopes that the audience will join in the fun. Any profit will be donated to PAWS-PATAS charity.

Ticket price will include food and refreshment and are available from PC Playa in Mojacar, Connextions in Turre and the Mont Marte Restaurant.

SHOW TIMES ARE: 7:30 on Thursday and Friday 30/31 March and Saturday, Sunday 1/2 April. For further information please contact: Chrissie Cremore chrissie.3@hotmail.co.uk

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