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PRESS RELEASE: Ruscombe Amateur Theatre Society (RATSociety)

Monday, 3 February 2014


What happens if community drama has a professional influence? Gloucestershire’s newest Theatre Society is encouraging us to find out.

Local actress Susan Lynch – who has appeared in films alongside the likes of Ewan McGreggor, Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett – is directing Ruscombe Amateur Theatre Society (RATSociety) in their first production.

The production – Crimes of the Heart – features six people from the Stroud area whom are putting their talents to the test. Those taking part have little or no dramatic experience but with the help of Susan are unleashing their hidden flair.

RATSociety has chosen Whiteway Colony Hall as the venue for three performances of the American play Crimes Of The Heart – a hilarious and heartbreaking story of three dysfunctional sisters in 1970s Mississippi – written by Beth Henley.

Susan says: “We are an independent thinking company and this is a very individual play. So with the extraordinary history of Whiteway and its history of independent thinkers we are right at home. No other venue in Gloucestershire could capture the Deep South as much as the Colony Hall.

“It’s the perfect venue and we feel so honoured to do our first ever show here. We hope everyone will come and support a really talented group of local people, who surprisingly have never acted before. Like me, I think you will be very proud of them.”

RATSociety is also thrilled to announce Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as their Patron. Samantha is best known for her roles in Minority Report, In America and Sweet and Lowdown, the latter two of which she was nominated for an Oscar.

Crimes of the Heart performed by the Ruscombe Amateur Theatre Society (RATSociety) and directed by Susan Lynch will be shown on the evenings of Friday, 28th March 2014, and Saturday 29th March 2014 as well as a matinee performance on 29th March 2014.

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased online by visiting



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