|Touch and Go|
|by Derek Benfield (of “Hetty Wainthrop” fame)||24th Sept – 1st Oct 2016|
|by Bill Macilwraith||19th – 26th November 2016|
|by Harold Brighouse||11th – 18th March 2017|
|Lost in Yonkers|
|by Neil Simon||13th – 20th May 2017|
There will be a ‘launch’ of the season at a “Wine and Nibbles Night” on Wednesday April 6th 2016 in the theatre at 8pm.
Scripts will be available to look at and PS&CC and Directors will be there to answer any questions. Should you wish to take any scripts away, there will be a refundable charge of £10 payable on the night by cash or cheque.
The auditions, which will be director led, will be held at 8pm on the following dates:
Touch and Go and The Anniversary
Hobson’s Choice and Lost in Yonkers
Tuesday 12th April
Friday 15th April
Below is a breakdown of the plays and characters:
TOUCH AND GO BY DEREK BENFIELD
When Brian takes up jogging, his wife Hilary is not surprised. She has often told him he should exercise more after all the business lunches he consumes. But when Brian is ostensibly running around the park, he is in fact spending a couple of hours with his girlfriend Wendy, in his good friend George’s flat. The arrangement works well for some time, for while Brian is visiting Wendy, helpful George knows there is no danger of his own dalliance being discovered. The object of his affection is Brian’s wife, Hilary! It is all plain sailing until George’s wife returns too soon from a business trip to America and puts the cat among the pigeons.
The play takes place in two flats: one belonging to George and Jessica, the other to Brian and Hilary. The stage is in two halves – George and Jessica’s flat being modern, while Brian and Hilary’s is tasteful Victorian. Present day – Spring time.
THE ANNIVERSARY BY BILL MACILWRAITH
Since Dad thankfully died, Mum has carried on his builders’ business and the profits have increased two hundred and fifty per cent. As Tom, her youngest son says; “We must be the only builders putting up condemned property.” Mum keeps a tight hold on all her three sons, binding them to her with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses.
But as the family is unwillingly brought together to celebrate Mum’s wedding anniversary (regardless of deceased Dad), revolt is in the air. One son gathers the courage to tell Mum he is taking his wife and family to Canada; Tom breaks the news of his impending marriage. Mum fights back with every weapon in her formidable armoury, but her long ascendancy is broken at last.
Tom and Shirley
Terry and Karen
Written in 1968 and set in the living room of Mrs Taggart’s house.
HOBSON’S CHOICE BY HAROLD BRIGHOUSE
This comedy is based around the battle of wills between a hard-headed cobbler called Hobson and his daughter Maggie. Maggie defies Hobson by marrying his most talented worker -the timid and downtrodden Will. She helps Will to develop his potential and together they turn the tables on Hobson.
The play is set in Salford in about 1880.
- Hobson’s Shop
- Will Mossop’s Shop
- Living Room of Hobson’s Shop.
LOST IN YONKERS BY NEIL SIMON
Yonkers 1942. Bella is 35 years old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er- do- well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small- time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
neat sweet & pretty Grandma Kurnitz
mid to late 30s (another of Grandma Kurnitz’ children)
Set in the apartment just above “Kurnitz’ Kandy Store”. New York 1942.