Audition date to be arranged following the reading
Production date: March 2018
The setting of this play is a schoolroom near Manchester where an evening class of budding comics congregate for a final briefing from their tutor before facing a London agent.
This play is a surgical incision into the ‘art’ of comedy, I have wanted to produce this masterpiece for decades. And decades and the art of comedy in the UK has changed dramatically over those years but comedy’s essence remains fundamentally the same. This play shows us all how comedy is shaped through cruelty, pain and suffering.
I cannot express how excited I am to direct this play. And the reading will give me a good idea who is as excited about play as myself. The cast and a few points are as follows :-
Friday 23 June 2017 at 7:30pm, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
THE BALLAD OF LADY BESSY
Written and Directed by David Fletcher
This is a short play so, on 23 June, there will be a reading of the whole play at 7:30pm followed by auditions. All are welcome to attend the reading, even if not auditioning.
Rehearsals will begin in early October.
Plays in the Loft Studio in the week beginning 13 November 2017.
This play is a very different perspective on some of the characters of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the 2013 BBC drama The White Queen. The central character Bessy is Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and the wife of Henry VII. History sees her as a dynastic pawn who accepted her role with meekness, but there is one source that paints a very different picture – The Ballad of Lady Bessy. In this ballad, Bessy is an intelligent, resourceful and ambitious young woman who plays a significant role in Henry Tudor’s seizure of the crown. The play reflects on the role of women in the turbulent world of usurpation, Princes in the Tower, and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty, and the effect that such events have on their personal relationships.
The play spans 12 years so there is flexibility on the ages.
King Edward IV: a charismatic and powerful king, but suffering from the illness that will kill him. 40s.
Elizabeth Woodville, his Queen: An ambitious and dynamic woman who struggles to accept the loss of power following her husband’s death. 40s/50s.
Elizabeth of York (Bessy), their daughter: Fearless, resourceful and spectacularly intelligent. 17-30.
King Henry VII: Intelligent and impressive, but in a quieter way than Edward IV. 20s/30s
Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII: Cold, but commanding and determined. 40s/50s.
Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury: Gracious and wise, but out of his depth in this volatile political world. 60+
Please contact David Fletcher on 07974 108883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a script or further details.
Friday 23 June 2017 at 8:30pm, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa
by Moira Buffini
Directed by Gus MacDonald
Rehearsals will start early January 2018.
Plays 21 February to 03 March 2018
Please note there will be Reading for this production on Friday 26th May, 7:30pm
Handbagged is the West End comedy by the British playwright Moira Buffini. A playful examination of the relationship between Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher, it is a widely acclaimed fresh, exciting and intelligent piece of theatre which moves from comedy slapstick to moments of almost unbearable pathos. There are six characters all of whom interact with the audience.
Q: Older Queen Elizabeth
T: Older Thatcher
Actor 1: Various parts, including Neil Kinnock and Nancy Reagan
Actor 2: Various parts, including Denis Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Peter Carrington, 6th Baron Carrington
Liz: Younger Queen Elizabeth
Mags: Younger Thatcher
The two elder statespersons are ladies in their 60s. The two younger statespersons are, ideally, in their 40s.
Actor 1, male, twenties/early thirties and Actor 2, male, in his 50s.
Please contact Gus MacDonald on 07885546442 for further details.