Big screen debut for writer's creation

?A movie shot in Shropshire about the adventures of a madcap detective is to get its world premiere in the county next month.

Big screen debut for writer's creation

?A movie shot in Shropshire about the adventures of a madcap detective is to get its world premiere in the county next month.

David Tristram, of Highley, near Bridgnorth, is bringing one of his plays about the surreal world of Inspector Drake to the big screen to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his theatre company.

The Theatre on the Steps in Bridgnorth is the venue for the premiere on February 11 at 7.30pm as well as two theatres in Australia and New Zealand.

The independent movie, which is a spoof, was filmed in the Black Country and a number of county locations, including the Bridgnorth area between about April and a month ago.

Mr Tristam, 53, who is putting the finishing touches to the film, first wrote about the adventures of Inspector Drake, which are set in 1937, for his theatre company, The Flying Ducks, in 1985. It is this play the script is based on.

He said they had had a budget of about £10,000 for the production.

He added: "I dread to think just how many obsessive, fevered hours I've spent editing, but now the premiere is just around the corner, so it's going to be fascinating to see what a live audience makes of it."

Tickets for February 11 have already sold out but there are still some left for Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. They cost £10 for Saturday and £6.50 for Sunday and are available from Bridgnorth Tourist Information Centre on (01746) 763257.

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