ONE ACT PLAY SEASON
Four hilarious comedies!
Eltham Little Theatre
Performance dates: 27 April – 14 May
When: Sunday 4 March and Monday 5 March 2018
Where: Rehearsal Room and Foyer, Eltham Performing Arts Centre,1603 Main Road, Research
Each play has been allocated a specific time.
Roses are Red, My Love by Pat Woods
Directed by Brooke Cowley
Sunday 4 March at 7pm
Monday 5 March at 7pm
Enquiries: Brooke at email@example.com
Two lovely grandmotherly ladies who wouldn’t hurt a fly confess to doing considerably more than that!
A funny, unexpected play that follows two women who are *frenemies* as they spend their old age in a little village.
Characters – 2F
Susan Westfield – F, 50-70
Lovely chatty elderly woman who loves gardening.
Olga Bell – F, 60-80
Slightly more astute elderly woman with a sharper tongue and an ever greater love of gardening
The fourth wall is frequently broken in this play so the actresses need to be comfortable talking directly to the audience. They are immediately recognisable ‘types’ who turn out to be quite decidedly unlike your usual grandmother.
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Red Hot in Amsterdam by Patricia Robinson
Directed by Samuel Bliss
Running from Amsterdam police, diamond thieves Frank and Mickey find an open window, clamber inside, and discover they are in a brothel! They hide the diamonds and escape, planning to return later. Two working girls, Corrine and Kora, find the diamonds and move them to a vase, but their boss, Madame Celestine, finds them in turn and vows to keep them. Mistaken identity and chaos ensues!
Characters – 3F / 3 M
Corrine – F, 25-35
Slight French accent – A bickering sex-worker in Amsterdam’s red light district
Kora – F, 25-35
Slight Dutch/European accent – A bickering sex-worker in Amsterdam’s red light district
Frank – M, 25-45
A rough around the edges British burglar
(Must be comfortable in “Erotic Female” drag style costume for part of the play).
Mickey – M, 25-45
Confident, more experience but equally clueless British burglar
Chief of Police – M, 45-55
Slight European accent – The troubled and at times clueless Chief of Amsterdam police
Madame Celestine – F, 45-55
Slight European accent – The owner of the brothel, still in mourning from the death of her husband
Age ranges provided are a guideline and there may be exceptions, particularly Corrine, Kora, Frank and Mickey could be older or younger without harming the integrity of the plot.
The part of Man (thief) at the play’s ending may be played by a male cast member following a costume change.
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Home is the Hunted by R. F. Delderfield
Directed by Sean McKenna
Oscar has just been sentenced to a long stretch in prison – again! After leaving the court he escapes home to hide. His women welcome him with open arms and enter wholeheartedly into making various impractical and hilarious plans to conceal him. A slapstick cockney comedy romp!
Characters – 4F, 2M
Maimie Sopworth – F 20s – Oscar’s daughter.
Ada Sopworth – F 40s – Oscar’s wife.
Cora Saferelli – F 40s – Oscar’s sister.
Emma Sopworth – F 50+ – Oscar’s Mother
Oscar Sopworth – M 40s
Detective Sergeant Wilton – M 40+
All characters (except Detective Sergeant Wilson) have cockney accents.
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A Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Hodson
Directed by Lisa McNiven
The Reverend Goode has trouble on his hands. The annual church fete is approaching and there are rumblings within the church community that something needs to be done to ‘jazz it up a bit’. A very funny look at how St Swithen’s is forced to move with the times. Will the fete make money this year? And at what cost?
Characters – 5M / 5F
Marjorie Goode – F, 50s
Vicar’s Wife. Bright and cheery, not overbearing.
Rev Ian Goode – M, 50s
Old fashioned and stayed Vicar.
Sally – F, late teens-20s
Their Daughter. Free spirit, bubbly, optimistic.
Mathew – M, 20’s
Sally’s Boyfriend. Laid Back.
Mavis Taggert – F, 50-70
Older lady, “doer”, Reliable, doesn’t like change.
Norman Whittle – M, 40-60
Verger. Dotes on Vicar, “Yes” man.
Lorainne Carstairs – F, 50-60
Mousey in appearance but not timid, fastidious.
David Carstairs – M, 50-60
Treasurer. Very conservative. No sense of humour.
Simon Thornton – M, 20-30s
Barbara Naylor – F, 20-30s
Church Warden. Solid, fit, masculine in appearance
All characters to have English Accents. Type as determined by character interpretation.