BARNSLEY’S oldest performing arts company didn’t have far to look when faced with the need for children’s book illustrations for its forthcoming production.

Improbable Fiction - the 69th play penned by Alan Ayckbourn - is reknown as being as challenging to stage as it is funny with changes in sound, lighting and costumes required to bring a range of characters to life.

Former chairman, Phil Johnson, determined the task of creating ‘Doblin the Goblin’ was ideal for his retired former head occupational therapist, Trish Johnson, and went to buy the materials.

Trish’s artwork was unveiled and described as ‘fabulous’ by Helen Watson - the director of the Ayckbourn comedy.

Helen said: “The production requires Doblin to come to life together with other characters dreamed up by members of a writer group.

“We’re very grateful for Trish, for setting the scene in such a talented way.”

The staging of Improbable Fiction marks the 50th anniversary of the reformation of Trinity Players in April 1973 after 40 years as Farrer Street Players.

“It boasts an amazingly clever script but it’s also a very challenging play to stage, for crew as well as cast,” Helen added.

The play opens a four-night run at Trinity Hall, Crookes Street, on Wednesday, April 19.

Tickets can be obtained by calling 07510 967772.