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Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on A Green Park Bench

August 22nd-24th 2019

The Forum Studio Theatre


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Synopsis:

Set in park benches in two locations, one being New York, the play tells the story of Anna, Eva, Rose, Gladys and La La. These ladies had only two things in common when they met a few months previously: a park bench and a life well-lived. They are wonderful characters on the cusp of eighty going on eighteen with fine, funny,  sometimes,  painful memories each one unknowingly preparing for the day they leave the bench, perhaps for the last time.  They discover that maybe the grim reaper is not so grim after all!  Full of keen observations of a long life, wisdom and witticisms, they tell, or may it not quite tell, their stories”

 

Production Team:
Directed by Christine Dukes

Auditions:
Auditions take palce at the Forum Studio Theatre. 7pm on 22nd May. Audition ages for the 5 women are 50-70. In the first half, they will be obviously older women who in the second half are transformed through make-up in the interval to the best versions of themselves:- LA LA, from the Bronx, semi-famous cabaret singer many years ago. She sings the only song in the show. Not necessarily a wonderful singing voice but she must think she has! ROSIE, spinster of Irish descent, lived a ‘secret life’ in Brooklyn. EVA, high society New Yorker, who is a wealthy widow with no children. GLADYS, separated from her husband after many years when he went into a rest home. Mother and Grandmother. ANNA, New York Italian, whose husband and 4 children are dead, leaving her alone with her shopping trolley. Other parts: SHIRLEY, playing age 30-40, only in second half but vital to one of the ladies’ stories. THE MAN - Young, good looking, aged 20- 30, vital to another of the ladies and is only in at the end of Act 1 although will be an observer in Act 2. Only in Act 2 are:- TUFFY - playing age 35-50, vital to another of the ladies. MARVIN - playing age 35-50, vital to another of the ladies. NUNCIO - playing age 35-50; vital to another of the ladies. RICHARD - playing age 35-50, vital to another of the ladies. Audition pieces for the five ladies is the whole of Act 1 - will be workshopping on the first half of the auditions with these. The men and Shirley will be The whole of Act 2 script - will be workshopping this in second half of auditions. Be prepared for long audition process on the day. Directed by Chris Dukes, Director of Girls Night Out, Brassed Off, Misery, Stags and Hens, and Shirley Valentine for Tip Top, rehearsals will begin in May to allow for some disruption in the summer as the show goes on in August . All interested parties can get the appropriate acts from Leighton Williams by email: l.williams@itlearn.net

Times & Tickets:
Evenings at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets from £7

Booking:
Tel 01244 341296

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