A DOUBLE bill of one act plays make up Newtown Amateur Dramatic Society’s second production of the season.

‘Lions of England’, a drama by David Weir, and ‘Bats’, a comedy by Phil Mansell, make up the show which opens at the town’s Powys Theatre on Monday with performances all week.

Shows are at 7.45pm every night through to Saturday, February 10.

‘Lions of England’ involves a televised heroism award ceremony for a man who rescued a teacher and her pupils from a burning school but all is not as it first appears.

The second play is ‘Bats’ in which a couple discover they have bats in their loft and call in an expert to help deal with them, with hilarious results.

Both plays are directed by the society’s chairman Gareth Woodhouse and the double bill allows the company to introduce more new faces, welcoming newcomers Jay Bassil, Jonathan Davies and Beverley Dunkley, as well as welcoming back Karen McMurdo.

Other cast members are David Morgan, Carmel Hill, Alex Oakey, Kristen Roach-Harris, and Tim Parkes.

Both casts have enjoyed rehearsals and it is planned to present the two plays at the Montgomeryshire Community Drama Association one act play festival at Berriew in April.

The season opened last November with ‘Night Was Our Friend’, a mystery drama by Michael Pertwee.

The company is due to return with another new production in early May while the new youth group are planning to stage ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

The society is always looking to welcome new members to help in all aspects of productions and in running the theatre in Canal Road.

They also welcome comments and suggestions for future productions.

There is also a Friends of Powys Theatre group which includes discounted tickets.

Tickets for the current show cost £8, or £7 concessions, available from the Oriel Davies Gallery or call 01686 623463.

Email the group on newtownamateurdramatics@gmail.com and follow via the website.