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Paranoid Dramatics in driving seat for sci-fi Alien horror show
3:30pm Friday 8th February 2013 in News
A CLASSIC sci-fi horror is set to come gruesomely to life today – thanks to the efforts of a team of bus drivers.
After more than six months of hard graft, a stage version of 1979 movie Alien, which starred Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, will be performed by theatre group Paranoid Dramatics.
Many of the group’s members, including four of the seven actors in the show, are employees of the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company, and a fifth only recently left her job as a driver.
Director David Mitchell, an allocation supervisor with the bus company, said the group formed in June 2011 after driver Neil Mitchener came up with the idea to put on a pantomime.
“He seconded the rest of us in to play different parts, and that’s how it all started,” Mr Mitchell said.
“It was such good fun that we decided to carry on and form a group.”
The team picked an adaptation of Alien as their next show, and cast member Lydia Hayward’s son Luke penned the script. Each member of the group put in £100 of their own money to cover costs, but the production has doubled its budget since then.
The show will raise money for the Allendale Centre in Wimborne and the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group.
Performances will take place tonight and tomorrow, and February 15 and 16 at the Allendale Centre at 7.30pm. Call 01202 887247 for details.