new-season-2016

Touch and Go
by Derek Benfield (of “Hetty Wainthrop” fame) 24th Sept – 1st Oct 2016
The Anniversary
by Bill Macilwraith 19th – 26th November 2016
Hobson’s Choice
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.

 

CHARACTERS

Wendy

Brian

Hilary

George

Jessica

20s

40s

40s

40s

40s

 

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.

 

CHARACTERS

Tom and Shirley

Terry and Karen

Henry

Mum

20s

30s

35

60s

 

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.

 

CHARACTERS

Hobson

Maggie

Willie

Alice

Albert

Vicky

Fred

Mrs Hepworth

Timothy

Jim

Ada

Dr McFarlane

60s

30s

30s

late teens/20s

23

20s

20s

60s

50s

50s

20s

any age

 

The play is set in Salford in about 1880.

Three sets:

  1. Hobson’s Shop
  2. Will  Mossop’s Shop
  3. 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.

 

CHARACTERS

Jay

Arty

Eddie

Bella

Louie

neat sweet & pretty Grandma Kurnitz

Aunt Gert

16

13 1/2

41

mid 30s

36

70s

mid to late 30s (another of Grandma Kurnitz’ children)

Set in the apartment just above “Kurnitz’ Kandy Store”.  New York 1942.