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Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company bring us a warm, witty and heartfelt look at a family falling apart – and pulling together – when life doesn’t turn out quite the way they hoped.

The Herd by Rory Kinnear is set around events at Andy Griffith’s twenty-first birthday. His mother Carol is making the final arrangements for his party. Just the immediate family, until two unexpected – and not necessarily welcome – extra guests turn up.

Carol’s careful planning is turned upside down as secrets are revealed and old resentments surface. The domestic pot is about to boil over.

Director Hilary Spiers explained that she’d been captivated by The Herd the minute she saw it six years ago.

“I’m a great admirer of Rory Kinnear as an actor so I was eager to see what themes he would pursue as a playwright.

“As soon as the action started, I was drawn into the complexities of the family dynamics, the frequent use of humour to defuse conflict and the tenderness at the heart of the story.

“Unfortunately, I had to wait for years until the amateur rights were released!”

See The Herd this week at Stamford Arts Centre from Tuesday March 5 to Saturday March 9

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) from the box office on 01780 763203 or visit

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