Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?

That’s the question posed in a new work by local playwright Cliff Gillies.

Cliff, an award winning actor and writer, is perhaps best known as the writer (and Dame) for The Atkinson’s All Souls pantomime. However, his new play couldn’t be more different from Aladdin, which finished its run at The Atkinson this week.

“First Sight” which is being performed the week after Valentine’s Day, follows Michael his big day as he prepares in the church’s anteroom. Michael receives a package containing love letters spanning the last twenty years and what unfolds will restore your faith in life, in hope and in love.

Chloe Hughes (who plays Helen) explains ” First Sight is a funny, poignant, emotional and life affirming play about love and life. It has moments that will make you laugh out loud but also has an deeply emotional element as we follow the love story through the years. It’s a play that will restore your faith in true love.”

Although the show is being performed by the award winning Too Friendly Theatre Company the production itself is being hosted by Ormskirk Theatre Company at their new venue, Upmarket Theatre.

Mark Haygarth, who also stars in the show, explains “The Upmarket Theatre is Ormskirk’s newest venue, built above the Market Cross in Church Street. It’s a fantastic small scale theatre and we’re excited to be one of the first few companies performing there”.

But that’s not all!

Not only do you get to see one play… you get to see two – The incredible “No Coward Soul”, written and performed by Emily Parr, is also being performed on the same nights.

Two plays for the price of one.

The plays run from February 20th to 22nd.
Tickets are available online at , by calling 07757 416560 or in person at The Market Cross Bar.
Spaces are limited so we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.


Too Friendly Theatre Company are proud to present their next show.


Written by Reed Martin and Adam Tichenor

26th – 28th September 2019
The Civic, Ormskirk.

Tickets  will go on sale on 1st July priced at £10.

You can order tickets here.

There is an early booking discount if you book before the end of July. Stay tuned for details.

Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn’t look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare from Stratford. We are totally not completely making this up.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is the literary holy grail: an actual manuscript in Shakespeare’s own hand showing all his most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s one hundred hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, Too Friendly Theatre Company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a brief and palatable ninety minutes and perform the world premiere of this lost masterpiece.

You haven’t seen the Complete Works until you’ve seen William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!

Playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional fortieth, filled with witty wordplay and vaudevillian variety.

“If you like Shakespeare you’ll like the show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love it!”

“Something wickedly funny this way comes!”

“A breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp!”

“An absolute resolute hoot of a bawdy comedy of errors!”

“Gloriously funny! Don’t miss it!”

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This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited