The intense emotions of Rattigan’s tale of social mores and a faled marriage were perfectly counterpointed by the rather lighter tale of council cuts and a couple of cleaners, Whichever you enjoyed most we hope you felt the show was worth waiting form after the cancellation of the original dates in October 2018
The NODA review pointed out the sensitivity and skill of Emma Gosling’s direction of the poignant story of The Browning Verision, as well as Philip Robinson’s effortless genius and Hazelle Woodhurst’s sneeringly cruel but desperate portrayal of his unfulfilled snobbish wife. Top credit as well to Simon Perkins as the lover who finds his disgust at himself is eclipsed by what he finds he really thinks of his co-adulterer. All the supporting cast including CDS newcomers Logan Brewer, Josh Hands and Heather Gosling along side old-hand Laurence Leng.
Following such a famous play and such intense passions was always a hard task. (Rattigan’s original companion piece Harlequinade is far rarely performed than The Browning Version.)
Dirty Business then was set out as a total contrast, author Derek Webb. has a good number of plays to his name, but would probably not expect to be linked with Rattigan. Dirty Business was then cheekily cheery contrast standing on its own terms.
Primarily a double act with little time off stage its protagonist cleaners played by Caroline Morley and Lorraine Jordan are determined to protect their interests (specifically their jobs). Unlike the Browning Version they are willing to consider exposing Paul Ruse’s council manager’s dirty laundry as part of taking a stand against the cuts.
Lesley Jenks’s direction brought a sense of modern realism in a relaxed working environment after the stuffy suits of the 1950s, with the set transformed into an office with three very accomplished performances. The surprise twist at the end concluded what Dee called a hugely enjoyable evening.
As well as Henfield's need for a new Brian, Ditching need a couple of men as well ...
Ditchling PlayersAre presenting How the Other Half Loves’ by Alan Ayckbourn in May and are still looking for two men to fill the last two roles:
Bob Phillips – disappointed in his marriage to Teresa and home life – looking for something better. Is always in conflict with his wife and ignores anything to do with their child. Employed by Frank Foster and having an affair with Frank’s wife (Age 30 to 50).
William Featherstone – Works for Frank Foster to whom he is rather ingratiating. Dominating and controlling towards his wife, Mary. Bit of a “nerd” for which he overcompensates at times. (Age 30 to 50).
Rehearsals are Tuesdays & Thursdays at Ditchling Village Hall and the production dates are 15th to 18th May.
URGENT RE-CASTING CALL FOR ‘FULL CIRCLE‘ with Henfield Theatre Company
Due to serious family illness one of our cast members has had to drop out, leaving an urgent need for someone to take on the following character role in their March play, Full Circle .
A black comedy about a family in the immediate build up to a
wedding and a few days after. In the tense atmosphere of preparing for the
wedding of the century (in Mum Linda’s eyes) various family skeletons come
tumbling out of long, firmly locked, closets and natural disaster threatens the
big day’s content. Brian, the long suffering husband/father of the bride has to
take control and pick up the many pieces.
The Character portrait is:-
Brian (45-55): a very
likeable, funny individual, who doesn’t take life too seriously although he is
quite capable of
given the right reason. He loves his wife and child and is sometimes a little
over protective. He is a ‘live and
live’ kind of person. He is very intelligent but allows his wife to make all
the major decisions in the house and
rarely puts his foot down. He has a very special relationship with his mother
(Dee). He sometimes gets
with Wills from next door, but it is a comical, not derisory, relationship.
Rehearsals have just started on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with Sundays nearer the production dates of 14/15/16 March.
Director Malcolm Harrington
would like to hear from anyone who feels that they, or someone they know, would
like to take on this challenging but rewarding role.
Please contact him on 07788713864 or email [email protected] ASAP to get more information and a script, and arrange a brief meeting /audition.
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