A PROVOCATIVE play is set to get the audience talking.

Knutsford actor Geoff Holman is directing rehearsals for The Shape of Things, a play involving four young men and women at university.

"It is funny, intriguing, sexy, provocative and at times, creepy," said Geoff, who has clocked up more than 30 television and film credits, including three stints on Coronation Street, as well as Clocking Off, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, The Bill, Peak Practice, A&E, The Falklands Play and Hollyoaks.

The drama centres on the relationships of four young people and how these change, taking a sardonic look at people's preoccupation with surface appearances.

The relationship between morality and art comes under scrutiny.

The play, written and set in America 20 years ago, has been moved to England under Geoff's direction, 'to create a stronger sense of immediacy'.

"It's been a joy working on this play with four very talented young actors," said Geoff, who played Martin Clunes' dad in the film A is for Acid.

"I hope the audience are, in turn, amused, puzzled, intrigued, concerned, appalled and provoked into thinking about some of the issues writer Neil la Bute raises in his extraordinary play.

"I think it will get you talking."

The play opens at the Altrincham Garrick studio theatre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 9 and runs until Sunday, November 14.

Geoff has acted and directed at the Garrick for many years.

He won the GMDF Best Actor award for Dysart in Equuus and a NODA award for Cardinal Wolsey in Wolf Hall.

He has directed countless productions including Anne of the Thousand Days, Amadeus, The Wilmslow Boy and many modern dramas and comedies.

Geoff has appeared in regional tours of Dealer's Choice, Prime Pinter, Kafka's Dick and Translations.

In the 1990s he took an MA in contemporary theatre practice and then a year's acting training for a post graduate diploma.

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This play contains very adult language and explicit sexual references.