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Dorchester Drama Spring Production 2013 Auditions

The Dorchester Drama Committee are pleased to announce that the Spring 2013 production will be “A Fly in the Ointment” a farce by Derek Benfield. It will be directed by David Higham who is an experienced director, new to the group, with David Reeve as production manager.

“A Fly in the Ointment” is a typical British farce with 6 characters. Why should Ron Corley MP, minister for the Environment be searching the seaside bungalow of his ex mistress Donna? Why does his virtuous wife, Louise, turn up at the same place on the same day? What was a romantic doctor with a bunch of flowers doing in Sussex when his practice is in London? Add to these world-shattering questions the presence of a frustrated policewomen and a devious pizza delivery boy and you have the makings of a riotous farce in true Feydeau tradition!!

There are 6 parts, three male aging from 20 to 50s and three females (30s to 40s) though David is relatively flexible about this so don’t let that put you off! ALL ARE WELCOME

There will be a play read on Wednesday 5th December and the auditions will take place on Wednesday 19th December, both at Sunninghill theatre 7:30pm. This is an open auditions and we are very keen to see lots of people there. As well as the six actors David will be looking to pull together a team to cover backstage, lighting, front stage and the running of the bar!! If anyone has any queries then just send me an email.

Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday 9th January at Sunninghill theatre with the production taking place on Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April 2013.
For those who recognise the playwright’s name but just can’t picture him, Benfield was a famous British Actor and playwright who’s roles included the second actor to play Patricia Routledge’s character’s husband in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates . Arguably Benfield’s best known character portrayal was as transport company foreman Bill Riley in the UK television series The Brothers as well as Walter Greenhalgh from Coronation Street and Albert the Clerk from Rumpole of the Bailey.