Sep 172018
 

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS

by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
directed by Tom Richards
Auditions 19, 20, 25 & 26 September
7:30pm at the theatre, 6 Surf Road Cronulla

SYNOPSIS

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford — only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village.

And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself — along with his inner Lear!

CHARACTERS

  • JEFFERSON STEELE – A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity.

  • 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.

  • JESSICA STEELE – Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.

  • NIGEL DEWBURY – Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy.

  • MARY PLUNKETT – Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan — although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her.

  • 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.

  • LAUREN BELL – Thirty-something marketing executive former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be, she’s treated as a bimbo because of her looks.

Season 15 February – 23 March 2019
Full details at https://www.artstheatrecronulla.com.au/auditions