By Ronald Harwood
Sunday 13th January 7pm @ Main Theatre Foyer
Thursday 17th January 7:30pm @ Rehearsal Studio
Performance Dates: Monday 13th – Saturday 18th May 2019
This is described as ‘a wickedly funny and deeply moving story of friendship and loyalty’. The characters are as follows:
Sir is the lead actor and manager of a regional touring theatre company who has spent his life performing Shakespeare. One fateful night in a small regional theatre during World War II as the troupe prepares for his 227th performance of King Lear, Sir is taken ill. As bombs fall and sirens wail Sir cannot remember his lines or even the play they are about to perform. His manic struggle to get ready for the stage gives him cause to reflect as he seeks to reconcile his relationships with those closest to him before the final curtain falls.
Norman is Sir’s dresser, protector and confidant. A former play-as-cast actor, he was plucked from the wings by Sir, and has since spent his career solely in his service. He exults in his status as the man closest to Sir, which strains his relationship with the others in the company. When Sir is taken ill, it is Norman who steps into the breach to lead the company, and strives to get him on stage. He has given his life to Sir, a debt that can possibly never be repaid.
Her Ladyship is Sir’s partner and a fellow member of the troupe, playing Cordelia in their production of King Lear. When Sir is taken ill, Her Ladyship’s appeals for him to retire causing a fissure between them that exposes years of regret, resentment and hurt that have been glossed over.
Madge is the Stage Manager for the company. Her cold, business-like demeanour belies a longstanding, unrequited love and devotion to Sir. More alike than they probably understand, Madge and Norman find themselves at odds, both suffering the truth of their feelings for Sir in silence.
Irene is an ambitious young actress in the company with a burning passion for the stage. Her determination to become the leading lady, and her infatuation with Sir, threatens to undermine Norman’s efforts to keep the company in order. He tries to hide Sir’s growing reciprocation of her attentions from Her Ladyship and Madge.
Geoffrey Thornton is an older actor within the troupe who’s called upon to stand in as the part of the Fool, keen to use the opportunity to impress Sir. He is in many ways Sir without the title – also a stand in for those who make acting their life’s work, but never reach the heights of fame or notoriety.
If you would like to see a script, please contact the Artistic Director Stuart Lawson on email@example.com.
Dracula the Bloody Truth
By Amanda Whittington
Directed by Karen Shayler and Stuart Lawson
Thursday 28th February 7:30pm @ Main Theatre Foyer
Sunday 3rd March 7pm @ Main Theatre Foyer
Monday 9th September – Saturday 14th September 2019
Travelling across Europe, from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the charming seaside town of Whitby, Professor Van Helsing and his three amateur actors stage a life-changing, theatrical production of Dracula - hoping to establish, once and for all, the bloody truth.
Performed by four actors playing forty characters, Dracula: The Bloody Truth is a mixture of The Play That Goes Wrong, Noises Off and Monty Python.
‘By far, the best new comedy I’ve seen this year’ - Broadway World
We are looking for 4 versatile male actors to take on the challenge of this fast paced, mad cap production. Rehearsals will be 3 nights a week starting in late July.
If you are interested in seeing a script and auditioning please contact Stuart.Lawson@priorytheatre.co.uk