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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.