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HP Production Launch – ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’

15 January @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

This is your opportunity to become involved with the Highbury Players forthcoming production of …

A Bunch of Amateurs
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Directed by Laura McLaurie

To be performed from Tuesday 23 April to Saturday 4 May 2024 at 7:30pm.

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!

Interested in taking part? Either onstage or off? Then come along to meet the director at the Production Launch on Monday 15 January 2024 at 7:30pm in the theatre’s Upper Foyer. There’ll be a read through of the play, after which you can decide if you’d like to get involved.

If you are interested in taking part in this production but unable to make the Production Launch, or have any questions, please get in touch using comms@highburytheatre.co.uk, where your message will be forwarded to the director.

For people interested in acting, the Auditions will be on Monday 22 January 2024 at 7:30pm also in the theatre’s Upper Foyer.

The Characters

Lauren Bell – The local sponsor’s wife and wannabe actress.

Dorothy Nettles – The director, desperately trying to save their theatre.

Mary Plunkett – B&B landlady with a girlish crush on Jefferson.

Jessica Steele – Jefferson’s despairing daughter.

Nigel Dewbury – The local solicitor and a keen amateur actor, with an eye on the role of King Lear. A ‘luvvie’.

Dennis Dobbins – A rather dim handyman.

Jefferson Steele – An arrogant and pretentious Hollywood has-been.

Please note:

  • You will be invited to become a member of the Highbury Players if you wish to be involved in this production.
  • This amateur production by the Highbury Players is by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
  • Highbury Theatre Centre is run entirely by volunteers, and thus all roles in this production are unpaid.

Highbury Players

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Highbury Theatre Centre

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