Open auditions – A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

Open auditions – A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman

A very funny play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.  Auditions on Monday 3rd February 7.30 pm in the Harlequin Room,  and Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm  in the theatre studio/lounge.

Performance dates – 11th-16th May (includes a gala night).

A fading action hero and Hollywood Star, Jefferson Steel, finds himself in Stratford, not the birth place of the Bard of Avon, but Stratford, a sleepy village in Suffolk.  Expecting to act with such stars as Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, he finds himself instead, contractually obliged to act with a bunch of amateurs who are desperate to save their rustic theatre from developers.  Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurities get tested to the limit by these am-dram thespians and his acting world implodes.  He discovers a few home truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!        The Characters are:

Jefferson Steel – A middle aged American, arrogant, insecure, demanding and ultimately aware of his own absurdities.

Dorothy Nettle – A middle aged director of Stratford Players. Her sweet accommodating personality conceals an inner steel.

Jessica Steel – Jefferson’s teenaged daughter.  Neglected by her Father, she now wants him to pay for it.

Nigel Dewbury – A middle aged solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players.  He is pompous, self-regarding, fancying his romantic chances with Dorothy.

Mary Plunkett – A middle aged owner of the Village Rectory B & B.  Jolly, generous, adoring Jefferson Steel, but confused about which film roles he has starred in.

Denis Dobbins – A handyman and Village Mr. Fixit, slightly dull but star-struck on Jefferson.

Lauren Bell – a young middle aged marketing executive and a former physiotherapist, married to the Theatre’s sponsor.  Passionate about the arts, but she is treated as a bimbo by Jefferson.

Journalists – At least three of them, in Paparazzi style, who interrogate Jefferson at the airport.

If you wish to borrow a script before auditions or want further information, please contact the director, Sue Waller on 01604 740031  or email

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you become involved in a production in any capacity you will need to become a member of The Market Harborough Drama Society.