A compilation of seven playlets by the award-winning playwright Jane Fookes will be performed at the Maltings Arts Theatre.

Tales from the Wrecker’s Yard, presented by DeeBee Productions, will run from Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27.

In the tales Gemma finds herself in a terrible state but can’t remember what she did last night. Did she crash her car? What lies behind the feistiness of the woman who stands proud as a car mechanic in a man’s world? And why is Jennifer leaving her car in the middle of a snowstorm? Where is she going?

Each play tells the unique story of each individual, linked by that most common and ubiquitous icon of our modern lives – the motor car.

As each character grapples with the circumstances they find themselves in, their once pristine and polished cars have come to the end of the road, subject to the wrecker’s smash and grab and with this common theme as the backdrop, the stories unfold, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always moving. But are they simply reminiscences or is there a more ghostly, supernatural, aspect to the tales?

Director David Berryman said “Tales from the Wrecker’s Yard is a compilation of seven short plays which superficially have a common theme of events associated with cars. However, there is far more to it than that.

“Each of the stories reveals events and happenings which all of us could encounter in some way in our lives.

“In the best tradition of story-telling, each of the plays reveals the whole picture gradually, often keeping the audience guessing until the very end and the unexpected twist, which can shock, make us laugh or move us to tears.”

The Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3HL, Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27, 8pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Details: 0333 666 3366