When it comes to life on the stage, actor turned lecturer, Tom Guest, is definitely a triple threat.

After years of performing and teaching future stars of stage and screen, he has added scriptwriting to his list of talents.

Now students at Stockton Riverside College are about to bring his latest and first published play to audiences at The Fire Station at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

As course leader for higher education performing arts at the college, Tom said: “It was the students’ choice to perform my play. It felt pretty good that they wanted to do that.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Stockton Riverside College's course leader for higher education performing arts, Tom Guest, with the Foundation Degree in Acting and Musical Theatre students who will be performing his play, an adaptation of The Twa Sisters

No stranger to writing scripts, Tom who is also co-productions director for The Sedgefield Players, regularly pens some of the theatre company’s pantos and short productions. He originally wrote The Twa Sisters, his new play, a dark comedy based on the Northumbrian folktale and song, for the group’s drama festival.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Foundation Degree in Acting and Musical Theatre students rehearsing for their performance of The Twa Sisters

But he felt inspired to pitch it to publisher and rights agency, Lazy Bee Scripts, who have chosen to publish his work. Now other theatre companies can pay to licence the production.

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A show of two halves, the students’ production of The Twa Sisters at Middlesbrough Town Hall will also include a vocal concert, Louder than Words, featuring songs from the musicals.

Performances take place at The Fire Station, Middlesbrough Town Hall, on Tuesday and and Wednesday, January 30 and 31 January at 7pm, with a matinee performance on Wednesday at 2pm. With a PG rating of 13 years plus, entry to the pay-as-you-feel event is at the door.