Theatre to hear Rebecca’s story

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THE sister of a BBC producer who was murdered in Somalia is bringing a one-woman show, which recounts her experiences since that day, to Bury St Edmunds.

Kate Peyton, from Beyton, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu in February 2005.

Drawing on her own experiences, sister Rebecca has worked with writer Martin Bartelt to develop a moving personal account of life after Kate’s death.

Following a hit Edinburgh run, Rebecca now returns to Suffolk to Bury’s Theatre Royal on April 30.

Rebecca said: “I grew up going to the Theatre Royal with Mum, whose passion for theatre is infectious.

“I remember performing on the stage as a child and hoping I might one day come back as a ‘proper’ actor. It’s taken me a while, but to be coming back with my own, co-written, one-woman show is way beyond what I dreamt of.

“I hope it’s one of many visits to what is, for actors, one of the most magical theatres in the UK.”

The show, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, is a vivid and open account of life with and without her sister.

The show tells a story of politics, journalists and death.

But Rebecca says the show has enough humour and lightness to offset the gloom.

Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister started life in 2008 when Rebecca recorded eight-and-a-half hours of material with Martin.

The previous four years of of her life after Kate’s death were spent fighting for the truth about her murder to come out, after inquests were repeatedly delayed and cancelled for evidence to come to light.

Rebecca’s fluctuating emotions during that time are borne out in the performance, with an erratic, non-linear style to the show.

The play will be followed by a talk with Rebecca’s friend, comedian Chris Addison – of The Thick Of It – with the audience having the opportunity to ask questions about her creation of the play.

The show will be at the Theatre Royal on April 30 from 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £8.50 to £21 are available at www.theatreroyal.org or on 01284 769505.