A PLAY that was saved in just 24-hours has now been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Dancing in the Wings, written by Mold woman Philippa Davies, was set to launch in Chester this weekend, after premiering at Theatr Clwyd last month.

The play is based on the writer's own journey through the loss of her baby daughter, Sam, who was born sleeping in January 2012.

Amidst the coronavirus concerns and theatres across the UK closing, the play is one of many that has been cancelled.

Philippa said: “It has been amazing, beyond what I expected in so many ways. Because it’s such a difficult area, I didn’t know what the response would be but in particular on social media, the response has been amazing.

“From personal support to sponsors who have helped in different ways, it’s all been amazing. I’ve had so many requests to take the play further across the UK.”

At one point, it looked likely the play would not go ahead in Chester on March 20 due to low ticket sales, but in just 24-hours people rallied together to ensure the play was saved and could still go ahead.

However, as coronavirus continues to rapidly spread, the play was forced to cancel.

Philippa added: “This production has been great. At one point we didn’t think it was going ahead because sales were so low but overnight people rallied together and the response from the public and different organisations has been fantastic.

“I can’t thank the press enough because getting it out there is raising awareness in itself.”

Philippa's main aim with the play is to highlight and raise awareness, understanding and support for the thousands of people who have to face the difficulties of infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth.

She told the Leader that it was disappointing to hear it had been cancelled but aims to continue raising awareness.

She said: “I know myself how scary it is but the whole point is to get people to talk about it. I really didn’t expect the response from people.”