THE FLUTTERING of the heart sends people dizzy with excitement and laughter in Keighley Playhouse’s latest production.

The excitement comes for the characters in the theatre group’s first play of the winter, Side Effects, and the laughter comes for the audience.

The Playhouse promises that temperatures will soar thanks to the writing of Eric Chapell, who created many-popular comedy players as well as hit TV sitcoms like Duty-Free

Side Effects concerns Frank Cook, who is taken ill with a mystery complaint, and consequently wallows in self-pity. He has been booked and into a private nursing home by his wife June for a week’s respite.

Whilst there, he encounters the Reverend Paul Latimer whose odd behaviour is beginning to alarm his wife, Sarah.

Frank, ever the cantankerous sceptic, is delighted by the vicar’s fall from grace, while June does her best to rein in his detective work.

As their respective wives question their husbands’ health, the vibrant and attractive Tracey arrives out of the blue searching for something dear to her. Namely, her late boyfriend’s heart. She is convinced that the vicar’s new heart belonged to her recently deceased lover.

Could it be that Paul has taken on his personality traits?

It would explain the swearing, the smoking, the drinking and the clandestine canoodling with Tracey in the rose garden. Then again, perhaps he’s just suffering from the side effects of his medication?

Side Efffects runs from January 27 to February 4 at the Playhouse in Devonshire Street. Performances begin at 7.30pm.

Call 07599 890769 to book tickets.

All pictures by BB Photoshop.