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MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 

John Worthing is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.

Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the non existent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamoured of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.

With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts. It is discovered that Miss Prism is the absent-minded nurse who twenty years ago misplaced the baby of Lady Bracknell’s brother in Victoria Station. Thus John, whose name is indeed Ernest, is Algernon’s elder brother, and the play ends with the two couples in a joyous embrace.

Characters:

 

John Worthing J.P.30

Algernon Moncrieff 25

Rev. Canon Chasuble D.D.45/55

Merriman (Butler)+/- Middle Age

Lane (Moncrieff’s Manservant) +/- Middle Age

Lady Bracknell 50 ?

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax 23

Cecily Cardew 18/22

Miss Prism 45/55

 

WOMAN IN MIND 

The comic poet of middle class life, always so very funny, goes deeper and darker in this triumphant play about a housewife named Susan who is married to a boring cleric named George. After getting knocked out by stepping on the tooth end of a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her oppressive and boring everyday life is replaced by a fantasy in which she is an ideal wife and mother with an ideal family. While her real family treats her with condescension and apathy, her fantasy family dresses in lovely white, always drinks champagne, lives in a stately home and tells her that she is wonderful. Eventually, the fantasy family becomes nightmarish and Susan begins to realize that she is going mad.

Characters

Susan 40 +

Bill 35 +

Andy 35 +

Tony 30

Lucy 20 +

Gerald 45 +

Muriel 50

Rick 22

 

THE SNOW QUEEN 

Adapted from the famous original story by Hans Christian Andersen, this is the story of Gerda, a little girl who searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda’s innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. They help her to the royal court, and on to Lapland, where good conquers evil and the children are reunited. The original story was the inspiration for the Disney movie “Frozen”

Characters

Old Troll 40-80

Gerda 18/22

Kai 16/18

Snow Queen 20+

Enchantress 20+

Wild CrowAny age

Tame CrowAny age

Soldier 118+

Soldier 218+

Sergeant 40+

Prince                                                                                      18+

Princess                                                                                   18+

Robber 1 Any age

Robber 2    “

Robber 3    “

Robber Girl18+

Old Hag Any age

Lapp Woman }Doubling/young actors

Fun Woman Any age

Trolls Any age

Ladies in Waiting Any age

Reindeer  Any age

 

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES

Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter is having a dry run and his confidence is shaken. He does have some consolation in his on off relationship with Steffy a movie make up woman. He is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. With Steffy, his sometime paramour at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right.

Characters:

Libby 17+

Steffy 40

Herb 45/50

 

BRIEF ENCOUNTER 

David Lean’s iconic 1945 movie, Brief Encounter, was written by Noel Coward and was based on one of his one-act plays, Still Life, written a decade earlier.  Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet, fall passionately in love but are doomed never to find fulfilment. Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre Company, has adapted this timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with nine Coward songs.

Characters:

Laura Jesson30/40

Alec Harvey30/40 – singer

Fred Jesson (also usher, Albert Godley + Stephen Lynn)                                      30/40

Beryl Waters (also usher waitress, Hermione + Dolly)                                      25   – singer

Myrtle Bagot (also usher, Margaret + Mary)                                      40   – singer/dancer

Stanley (also usher, Johnnie)                 25/30 – singer

Plus ensemble players

 

THE LADYKILLERS 

Based on the classic Ealing black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Characters

Constable MacDonald35

Mrs Louisa Wilberforce70 +

Professor Morris60

Major Courtney50/60

Harry Robinson25/30

One Round50

Louis Harvey40 +

Mrs Jane Tromleyton70 +

Plus friends of Mrs. Wilberforce (non speaking)

 

STUDIO PRODUCTIONS 

 

DUET FOR ONE 

Based on the life of Jacqueline Du Pre this moving play won the London Theatre Critics Award for best play of 1980. An eminent violinist is struck down by multiple sclerosis which necessitates her retirement from the stage and also threatens her marriage l. The play is structured as a series of interviews between the violinist and her psychiatrist, Dr. Feldman in which she tries to cope with her illness and its effect on her life.

Characters

Stephanie Abrahams42

Dr Alfred Feldman60

 

WAITING FOR GODOT 

Two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travellers arrive, one man on the end of the other’s rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece.

Characters

EstragonAny age

VladimirAny age

Lucky20 +

Pozzo40 +

A boy16 +

 

 

 

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