A Bunch of Amateurs

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Directed by Derek Holland

11th to 13th April in the village Hall at 7:30pm

Help night and auditions - Thursday 24th January at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Institute

Auditions - Monday 28th January at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Institute

Derek writes about the play and characters:- “This hilarious play written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman concerns a small amateur dramatic society who are about to lose their barn/theatre because the council have stopped their grant. They are The Stratford Players and need to raise £50k.

They decide to get in touch with Hollywood Producers and finally manage to get the services of a fading Hollywood actor – Jefferson Steele – to come to Stratford to play King Lear. He obviously thinks he is coming to the RSC at Stratford –upon-Avon, which will rejuvenate his career, but he is actually coming to Stratford St. John in Suffolk! – to be cast with amateurs for little or no money and the fun begins. I saw this play in Hastings and wept with laughter - come to the help night and I will tell you all about it”.

Jefferson Steele –A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity. Playing Age – 50/70.

Nigel Dewsbury –Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show and could play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy. Playing Age:– 35-65+.

Denis Dobbins – Handyman and village “Mr Fixit”. Avuncular though slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his entourage of one. Playing age – any age over about 35

Jessica Steele –Jefferson’s daughter who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it. Playing age – 19- 45

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. Playing age 40-70+

Mary Plunket –Owner of The Rectory B&B. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan, although somewhat confused about which roles had played in his films and how keen he is on her. A “jolly hockey sticks“ type. Playing Age - 45-60

Lauren Bell –Marketing executive, former physiotherapist and sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be. She is treated as a bimbo because of her looks. Playing age – 30/40


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