15 July at 10:00 for 10:30 am
Directed by Vicky
dates: 4 - 9 February 2019
This hilarious play( with a
darker side) is Michael Palin's only stage play first appearing
in the West End in 1994.
Cast (ages as a guideline only):
Stephen Feeble - retired
, around 60....................... CAST
Virginia - his long suffering
wife, .a bit younger
Diana - their daughter,
Alan - Diana's husband, a specialist in bulk cargo
handling techniques. mid thirties
Charlotte - their daughter,
Pippa - their dog.
Duff Gardner - neighbour,
Bridget Gardner - his wife,
Hugh Bedales - a society
chiropodist., 60ish ( smooth!)
Mrs Finlay - a Marxist
cleaning lady, .any reasonable age.
God - (off).
For further infromation, please
contact the director, Vicky Whitehill (email@example.com).
15 July at 10:00 for 10:30 am
King Charles III
Directed by John
political drama -with a light touch and approachable style.
Written by Mike Bartlett and first performed in London in
2014. Since then it has toured and also been produced for
Charles has at last become King on his mother's death and
immediately an issue has arisen in which he expresses his
strongly held beliefs on press freedom and regulation so
creating a political and constitutional crisis. This is
the background to a searching inquiry of the role of monarchy
in 21st century Society and an examination of the ambitions
and consciences of those most involved -the senior royals.
It is teasingly funny though not satirical, thought provoking
and challenging but not dismissive. It has been critically
acclaimed whilst stirring up - perhaps inevitably - some
It's written in blank verse which in performance gives echoes
of a Shakespearian form and tone but-crucially -a freshness
and easy accessibility for an audience. It is a pleasure
to listen to it as the actors, certainly in the two performances
I have seen, are at ease with its style.
There are 24 characters in all and so casting will be interesting
at the very least- but with so many opportunities. We will
double and treble and so everyone should have a good chunk
to cope with and we expect to finish up with a cast of 15
or 16. . Five characters are instantly and closely familiar-
Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry; to cast them
we don't need lookalikes but do need to catch a resonance,
maybe in appearance , or in voice, or demeanour to convince.
As to the others, there is a really interesting range and
mixture, politicians though none is recognisable, civil
service types, clerics, Harry's girlfriend and quirky pals,
press. Crowd scenes will all be played by the cast. Altogether
this is a play to stretch skills and imagination but above
all I think it will be fun to work on together.
Because of the size of the cast the first audition/reading
at the Talisman theatre is 15th July: 10am for coffee with
a start at 10.30 It goes on in April 2019. I should be able
make a script available but on the strict basis of its being
returned by the time of the reading.
John Scampion, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)