Performers take Berwick ‘hostage’

The crew at Peninsula Players are back at it again, this time offering an Irish comedy-drama at the Berwick Royal Oak.

Written by Brendan Behan, The Hostage follows a British soldier taken captive by the IRA and held hostage in a Dublin boarding house.

“It’s a raucous, rollicking good time,” said Glen Brown, Peninsula Players spokesperson and one of the show’s 14 cast members. “It’s not a quiet play.”

The Hostage is the second play the community theatre group has staged in the 130-seat theatre, open to the public.

Last winter, the venue inside the retirement residence successfully hosted The Wind in the Willows. The Hostage, which contains some coarse language, runs May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee May 15. Shows are also slated for May 6 and 7 at the Centre in Brentwood Bay and May 20-22 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

Tickets are $15 and available through, at Dig This in Broadmead Village or at Berwick (4680 Elk Lake Dr.) an hour before show time.