A PLAY exploring parenting, disappointment and middle-age drinking is coming to Salisbury.

The new national tour of DRY, which was originally commissioned by the NHS, is supported by Turning Point, which delivers drug and alcohol recovery services around the UK for people who want to make positive change in their lives. It is being performed at The Foyer Room in St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street at 7pm tomorrow.

It is about the Wilson family, who might be middle class and middle aged - but there is nothing middling about their alcohol intake. Can they keep the ‘toxic’ out of ‘intoxicated’ and keep the family together, or is it a case of sorrows drowned?

Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, it will include a Q&A after each show with local guest professionals from Turning Point and other organisations to discuss the issues of the play, the impact of alcohol on communities as well as to let people know about services that can help.

Gaye said: “I wanted to develop something that showed in a very real way what many of us have seen or experienced ourselves. What can seem like a social norm can turn people against each other and change personalities.

“I’ve also introduced topical subjects into the play, such as Brexit, which people use as an excuse that ‘drives them to drink’.”

Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive at Turning Point, added: “Every person has the possibility of change and at Turning Point we are inspired by that possibility. We can and do help people on their journeys to recovery. Turning Point supports DRY because it brings an awareness about the harm that alcohol addiction can do to individuals and society.”

To book tickets go to humanstorytheatre.com/shows