THREE Wombwell theatre lovers have decided to take centre stage by launching their own theatre group.

Jake Doughty and Oliver Porter, both 18, and 17-year-old Albi Douglas-Waller created Barking Mad Productions earlier this month and hope to have their first play scripted by next spring.

Oliver said: “We set up the group because we’re all theatre lovers and we wanted to make something that was our own.

“We started it with the help of our parents and we’ve all been friends since high school, taking part in every production with each other in that time.

“At the minute we’re looking at writing our own play and hopefully, coronavirus dependent, we’ll be able to perform it by spring next year.”

The title of the new production – The Butler Did It – was coined due to the group’s growing love for detective shows.

“We’ve always had a fascination with cliche TV detective shows so we decided to put our own spin on it with comedy satire,” Oliver added.

“Everyone has their own ambitions about what we want to do but we’re hoping that we can make Barking Mad hugely successful.”

For more information on the group, visit their social media pages.