A DRAMA group is preparing for its latest production after two years off stage.

Witham Dramatic Club is getting ready to raise the curtain again with The Late Henry Moss – an “enthralling play” written by one of America’s most respected playwrights, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard.

The play swings between moments of comic interaction, high tension and simmering violence as brothers Earl and Ray return to their home town in New Mexico upon the mysterious death of estranged father Henry.

Over a bottle of bourbon and a box of old photographs, they try to reconcile their very different childhood memories.

Earl’s version of Henry’s death doesn’t add up, so Ray decides to find the truth.

As Ray plays detective, the story of Henry’s last days is uncovered and family tensions are blown apart as Ray discovers more than he bargained for.

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The society is excited to get back on stage after such a long time.

Spokesman Nigel Northfield said: “I suppose we feel much the same as any other group that has had shows cancelled or postponed over the last two years.

“There was a lot of frustration and it’s easy to get out of the habit of rehearsing every week, but now we’re back into a routine it feels great to be so close to actually getting back on stage.

“I know a number of groups have folded in the last two years as they’ve lost members and not been able to recruit new ones, and that’s not just theatre groups, so I suppose we are lucky that we’re still here.”

The Late Henry Moss is at Witham Public Hall from March 24-26.

Tickets are £12.50 (£10.50 for senior citizens and children under 16 on Thursday only) at withampublichall.co.uk.

They can also be bought in person from Witham Town Hall or by calling 0345 017 8717.