Dewsbury Arts Group set to perform a play by author Adrian Mole

Dewsbury Arts Group in rehearsal for their latest production, Bazaar and Rummage

The band will perform “Bazaar & Rummage,” written by British novelist Sue Townsend, who is best known as the author of the Adrian Mole book series.

The play features Gwenda, an ex-agoraphobe, who leads a self-help group of three people who have been unable to leave their homes for various reasons.

She forces them to help out at a local bazaar, enlisting the support of Fliss, a trainee social worker.

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While sorting through the digs, their individual fears erupt, but calm is restored by the ever sensitive Fliss.

When it’s revealed that Gwenda may have ulterior motives for helping the three agoraphobes and the reasons why they are severely agoraphobic, you can’t help but feel sorry for them.

When they leave the room, it is obvious that their agoraphobia is not cured, but they have made the effort.

Director Maria Bailey said: ‘The play is relevant today in light of the pandemic where many have been asked to stay home because they are vulnerable or many have felt vulnerable and scared but missed this social interaction.

“Furthermore, the impact of the pandemic on mental health has never been more evident.

“Ultimately, the play is uplifting because, despite everything, there is hope.”

Audience members are advised that “Bazaar and Rummage” contains sexual references and foul language.

It will open on Saturday March 5, then run from March 7-12 at the David and Judith Wood Theater at Artspace, Lower Peel Street, near Bradford Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2ED. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Tickets cost £12 and can be booked online at or by phone on 0333 6663366.

Lola R. McClure