Farnworth little theatre 2016/17 season



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FARNWORTH LITTLE THEATRE 2016/17 SEASON

Performance

10-17th September 2016

Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

Reading

Sunday 3rd April 2016, 2.30pm

Director

Frances Clemmitt

Auditions

Thursday 7th and Thursday 14th April 2016, 7.30pm

Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest: three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples' bedrooms during one endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction, beds, tempers, and domestic order are ruffled, leading all the players to a hilariously touching epiphany.

Characters







Ernest

60’s-A birdlike, bumbling man, husband of Delia, father of Trevor.

Delia

60’s-Well preserved and talkative. Wife of Ernest, mother of Trevor.

Trevor

Mid/late 20s-30’s- A self-obsessed, not too intelligent man who drives other men crazy but who women can find charming and funny. Husband to Susannah, son of Ernest and Delia, ex-boyfriend of Jan.

Susannah

20's-30's-Trevor's self-obsessed wife. She is slightly unbalanced and volatile.

Jan

20's-30's -Wife to Nick, ex-girlfriend of Trevor. Is happy with Nick, as theirs is a marriage of equal minds, but holds a lingering fascination with Trevor.

Nick

20's-30's - Jan's husband who spends the play complaining, as he in bed with an injured back.

Kate

20's -30's- Malcolm's wife and hostess of the housewarming party taking place. A kind soul that offers Trevor a place to stay even when he ruins the party with an epic fight he has with Susannah.

Malcolm

20's -30's -Kate's husband. Upset with Trevor for ruining his housewarming party, vents his frustrations by spending the night putting together furniture.




Performance

12th-19th November 2016

Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie

Reading

Sunday 17th April 2016, 2.30pm

Director

Andrew Close

Auditions

Thursday 21st and Thursday 28th April 2016, 7.30pm

Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry's first marriage! Clarissa's fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction...

Characters

8 men, ages 20-70:2 women, ages 20-60 :1 young girl aged 15

Pippa

Teens-Pippa is a young girl, playing age approx 15 (casting will be older)

Mildred Peake

A widowed middle aged character, the gardener/caretaker

Clarissa Hailsham-Brown

Charmingly free-spirited lady of the house married to her older, more proper and staid husband, Henry

Henry Hailsham-Brown

Proper, staid "dull as dishwater" older husband

Sir Rowland Delahaye

50's- charming and distinguished

Hugo Birch

Irascible type in his 60's

Jeremy Warrender

Elegant young man who's always flirting with Clarissa

Oliver Costello

The disturbed mystery man who brings trouble to the quiet household

Elgin

Very English butler. (could be played by a woman, in the style of Mrs Danvers)

Inspector Lord

Detective from the local police

Constable Jones

Inspector's trusty, investigative companion




Performance

21st -28th January 2017

The Turn of the Screw by Ken Whitmore

Reading

Sunday 5th June 2016, 2.30pm

Director

Natalie Crompton

Auditions

Thursday 9th and Thursday 16th June 2016, 7.30pm

A Victorian psychological and supernatural thriller set in a country house. Based on a novella by Henry James it is the story of Miss Grey, a young governess who is employed by the charming Mr Crimond to act as governess to his neice and nephew, Miles and Flora.

It is clear from the outset that there is a sinister presence in the house which threatens the children – or do they encourage it? The housekeeper Mrs Grose is certainly frightened about something.



The scandal of the previous governess Miss Jessel and her lover, the valet Peter Quint, ended in their deaths but did they ever really leave the house? A battle ensues between Miss Grey and these malevolent spirits for nothing less than the children themselves.

Characters

Miss Grey

Playing age 20-25- The eyes through which the audience enter the world of Miles and Flora. Innocent and somewhat naïve but has to learn and grow quickly.

Mrs Grose

Playing age 50-70-Housekeeper, warm, kindly woman. Brave enough to stay at the house to try and protect the children.

Mr Crimond

Playing age 30 -45- An attractive, urbane man about town, the Uncle of the children and the employer of Miss Grey and Mrs Grose.

The Ghosts

Intriguing parts for any actor – Major roles in the play but no dialogue – rather like the woman in The Woman in Black

Quint

Playing age 30 -50- The embodiment of evil, Quint was the valet of Mr Crimond and died in a questionable accident some months before the start of the play..

Jessel

Playing age 25-40- Miss Grey’s predecessor who fell for the twisted charms of Quint and then committed suicide.

Flora

Playing age 8- more playful character than her brother she is full of energy and charm. She sings several times but needs to sound ‘untrained’.

Miles

Playing age 10- Large role for an experienced young actor. Miles is a character who must show vulnerability but also the manipulative and darker side left by his relationship with Jessel and Quint.




Performance

18-25th March 2017

Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan

Reading

Saturday 21st May 2016, 2.30pm

Director

Michael Haworth

Auditions

Thursday 26th May and Thursday 2nd June 2016, 7.30pm

Separate Tables is regarded by many as Rattigan’s finest play. It is 2 one-act plays in one as the first Act has a completely separate plot to the second Act, though there are several characters appearing in both. It was first performed in 1954 and the instructions state that it is played “in the present”.

All the action takes place in the lounge and dining-room of the Hotel Beauregarde in Bournemouth, though it could easily be in any one of the English South coastal resorts.

The first play, sub-titled ‘The Table by the Window’, focuses on the troubled relationship between a disgraced Labour politician and his ex-wife. The second play, entitled ‘Table Number Seven’, is set about 18 months later and deals with the touching relationship between a repressed spinster and a kindly, but bogus, late middle-aged man posing as a upper-class retired army officer.

In both plays there are 2 minor characters of Mabel and Doreen, the 2 maids/waitresses, one old and one much younger, who appear In both plays and have the odd lines. There is a possibility to combine the 2 roles.



Characters

John Malcolm

40-ish - Pugnacious radical ex-Labour politician, with a chip on his shoulder and a bit of a drink problem.

Anne Shankland

Mid 30’s/40ish – Glamorous, ex-wife of Malcolm, a model reaching the end of her career.

Miss Cooper

Mid/late 30-ish – Hotel Manager, whose calm and efficient exterior reveals little of her feelings, but currently in a relationship with Malcolm, whom she loves. She is “the glue” that binds the 2 plays together.

Mrs Railton Bell

60ish – Domineering, snobbish, censorious, self-appointed spokesperson for all the residents of the hotel.

Lady Mathieson

60ish – Impoverished but cultured widow of a Civil Servant; the timid and slightly dithery acolyte of Mrs R-B.

Miss Meacham

60ish – Eccentric –who spends most of her time studying racing form and communing with the spirits of the dead.

Jean Tanner

20’s – Unconventional and ruthless but, by second play, is married with a baby, and her ideas change from anti-establishment to baby-talk!

Charles Stratton

20’s – Medical student; boyfriend of Jean, married to her by 2nd play and, becoming worn-down by fatherhood.

Mr Fowler

60-70’s – Mild-mannered retired teacher from a public school; lives in a state of permanent anticipation of visits from former pupils who never turn up.

Major Pollock

50’s/60’s – In appearance and manner, a far too accurate representation of a public school-educated, retired army Major. He has struck up an unlikely friendship with Sybil R-B.

Sybil Railton-Bell

Late 20’s/early-mid 30’s – mousy down-trodden daughter of Mrs R-B; neurotic and painfully shy, who is fond of the Major despite his misdemeanours.




Performance

20-27th May 2017

Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde

Reading

26th June 2016, 2.30pm (provisional date*)

Director- to be confirmed

Auditions

Thursday 30th June and Thursday 7th July 2016, 7.30pm (provisional dates*)

Lady Windermere’s Fan was Oscar Wilde’s first produced play, and it was an instant success on the London stage. Chronicling a series of misunderstandings and deceptions in the high society world of Victorian London, critics and audiences alike were charmed by Wilde’s trademark wit and intelligence.

Lady Windermere considers leaving her husband of two years when she believes he’s been unfaithful with a woman—who turns out to be her own mother. Remarkably, it will be the mother who sets her straight without ever revealing her identity.



In his letters, Wilde claimed that he did not want the play to be viewed as “a mere question of pantomime and clowning”; he was interested in the piece as a psychological study. Although the play has been deemed outdated by recent critics, Lady Windermere’s Fan continues to entertain audiences all over the world.

Characters

Lord Windermere

Major character. Society sees him as the perfect man and great husband. Centre of the conflict because of the rumours being spread around; he is sleeping with Mrs. Erlynne!

Lady Windermere

Wife of Lord Windermere and the mother of his child. The play takes place during her 21st birthday party.

Lord Darlington

Charming bachelor in society. Good friends with Lord and Lady Windermere. Has feelings for Lady Windermere.

Lord Augustus Lorton

Sweet older man, in love with Mrs. Erlynne. Allows her to tell him what to do and he doesn't mind it, just wants to have a woman by his side and spend the rest of his life with someone.

Mr. Dumby

Minor character. He is the typical high society, English man.

Mr. Cecil Graham

Supporting character-very eccentric, funny and witty. Unlike the other high society men.

Mr. Hopper Parker

High society, Australian businessman, considered an outsider in London society. In love with Lady Agatha.

Duchess of Berwick

Considered a noble woman by high society. Talkative person, highly interested in scandal and drama.

Lady Agatha Carlisle

Duchess of Berwick's daughter- during the play only utters two words "Yes Mamma". In love with Mr. Hopper.

Lady Plymdale

Typical high society, London woman. Thinks highly of herself and behaves in an acceptable manner.

Lady Stutfield

Minor character who says a few lines. Typical representation of a high society woman.

Lady Jedburgh

Minor, high society character says a few witty lines. In the background of party scenes talking non-stop.

Mrs. Cowper-Cowper

Minor character, flutters around during the play. Does what she needs to do to stay a part of high society.

Mrs. Erlynne Rosalie

In 40’s-Left her husband years ago, and known as a loose woman. Judged as ‘the woman who sleeps with married men’. Starts out as a conniving, but then towards the end redeems herself.


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