We are delighted to announce our comedy production for 15-18th May 2019:
Directed by Felicity Peries
The script is bursting with humour and offers some strong character parts.
SUMMARY: Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. But instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are in fact a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
OPEN TO ALL Casting Read Through:
3-5pm on Sunday 16th December 2018
at Failand Village Hall.
Jefferson Steel – a fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity.
Dorothy Nettle – director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel.
Jessica Steel – Jefferson’s teenage daughter who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.
Nigel Dewbury – solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy.
Mary Plunkett – owner of The Rectory Bed and Breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steel fan – although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films – and how keen he is on her.
Dennis Dobbins – handyman and village Mr Fixit. Avuncular though slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one.
Lauren Bell – thirty-something marketing executive former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be, she’s treated as a bimbo because of her looks.
Journalists/actors – 4 required. These characters will be onstage the majority of the show and will need to sing.