‘THE CEREMONY’ – a play by Catherine Tyldesley

04 Dec 2020
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All Star cast assembled for World Premiere of Catherine Tyldesley work in progress play ‘THE CEREMONY’

Canal Street. Manchester.

Donna Dium, Life Coach and Self-taught Shamaness, together with her long suffering assistant Ada, prepares to welcome you to a very special occasion – The Ceremony.

Following a string of appearances on daytime chat shows and armed with fifty quid’s worth of Ayahuasca from Bury Market, the scene is set for Donna to make her first ever attempt to contact the spirit world.. What could possibly go wrong?

The evening soon derails into chaos, tears and laughter, as her oblivious guests purge themselves of their hidden ghosts.

Not only her foray as a playwright, Coronation Street and Scarborough star, Catherine Tyldesley will also lead the all-star cast made up of British TV Veteran Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Brookside, Coronation Street), Paula Lane (Coronation Street), Samantha Giles (Emmerdale, Where The Heart Is), Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Emmerdale, Eastenders) and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, West End leading lady, Jodie Prenger.

Filmed on an empty stage at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, The Ceremony is produced in association with and is being broadcast online for 10 performances only, starting Sunday 13th December. Tickets to watch the production online can be purchased from

All proceeds from this production will be donated to Acting for Others, Theatre Artists Fund & Leeds Grand Theatres.  Acting for Others and Theatre Artists Fund have been relentlessly supporting the UK’s Arts Industry during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  During 2020, like so many others, Leeds Heritage Theatres has been forced to temporarily closed their doors this year having entertained the masses for 400 years.

Catherine Tyldesley says : “I’m super excited about my first play going into production! I wrote Them Ceremony’ during lockdown. I’ve managed to assemble my dream cast along with one of my all-time favourite directors, the brilliant Lee Salisbury.” 

…“Writing has always been close to my heart and to finally see my words brought to life by such incredible talent, is nothing short of a dream come true.”

…“I’m hopeful people will love the play as much as we do and I’m thrilled we can raise money for the arts at the same time.”