CHESTER Theatre Club is delighted that internationally renowned playwright Tim Firth has agreed to become its president.

The author of Neville’s Island, Safari Party and scriptwriter of the film and play, Calendar Girls, wants to support live theatre.

Tim, who lives in Alvanley, said: “I'm very happy to promote theatre in the North of England, especially in my birth city of Chester where amateur companies such as Chester Little Theatre are currently keeping theatre alive.”

Chester Theatre Club is situated in Gloucester Street, Newtown and presents six full-length plays each year.

Chairman Jane Barth said: “We are delighted to have Tim as our president. He is a marvellous role model for any theatre to have, with a huge background in live theatre, television and film. It’s great to have a local hero at our head - he will be a great stimulus to us all.

“Tim has a warm and friendly personality and wears his famous status with modesty. As well as being an exceptional writer, he’s a very amusing speaker who uses informality and wry humour to talk about his career.

“At a question and answer session, he entertained our members with stories about his early experiences as a Cheshire schoolboy, then as a young undergraduate and his first attempts at writing for the stage. He spoke spontaneously and had us enthralled. We are grateful to have him as president.”

She said Tim was supporting the club’s activities despite being ‘very busy’.

The current production is A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen which can be seen until Saturday May 15. See for more details.