Shepley Spitfires play, 24,25,26th May; 7pm


Our friend Gill Buttery is involved in the production and performance of a new play, The Shepley Spitfires, about a local family during the second world war.

The play is to be performed at “Affinity” on Arundel Gate (next to T.J. Hughes). Performances are on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May with a 7.00 p.m. start (Bar opens at 6.30 p.m.)

Jeanne Shepley, in 1939 was a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and was quite possibly a secret agent. She was an avid traveller and letter writer and some of her letters are heard in the play. Rex and Douglas, Jeanne’s brothers, were both young and brave pilots, involved in air battles in 1940. Their involvement is told in this heart-warming story of the Shepley family.
Suffering various bereavements, rather than sinking into the depths of misery, Mother, Father and Daughter-in-law, set about locally and regionally, raising £5,700 (well over £300,000 today) and in only 15 weeks! This was enough to buy a new Spitfire. They were honoured by the King and Queen and Lord Beaverbrook for their achievements.

The writer, Kay Massey, no stranger to local theatregoers, collaborated with Dick Shepley to research information about the Shepley family from 1939 to the onset of the Sheffield Blitz.
Gill Buttery (Lullah), Kate Spivey (Bidy) Belinda Wilkinson (Jeanne), Trevor Parsons (Jack). It seems appropriate that Andrew Renwick and Tim Shepley, descendants of the Shepley family can be heard in this performance.

For further information on the play, please ‘phone Kay Massey on: 0114 2551367 or email on Tickets £6 and £5 concessions. To book phone “Affinity” on 0114 2724822 or on the door after 12 noon.