Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981

Future Productions
    White Lies      Talking Heads       Bleak House      Present Laughter

About the play .....

Once a week, Claire and Simon look forward to their friend Roger visiting them for supper. While this helps them escape from their lonely marriage for a few hours, Roger is turning out to be not quite the kind of person they'd imagined.

Cast

Clare                      Helen Holgate
Simon                    Scott Brindle


Director                Sean Baker
Sound Design      Liam Baker
Performance .....

Date to be announced


A CHIP IN THE SUGAR

Middle-aged Graham Whittaker, a repressed homosexual with a history of mental health issues, finds life becoming complicated as his mother or "Mam", Vera Whittaker, with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame named Frank Turnbull. Graham becomes increasingly disturbed when Frank, whose outspoken and right-wing opinions conflict with Graham's muddled liberalism, becomes an ever-increasing influence on Vera, taking her to a "common" café at which Graham notices a chip in the sugar bowl.

A LADY OF LETTERS

Irene Ruddock is a single, middle-aged woman living near Bradford and is not afraid to speak, or rather write, her mind. She frequently writes to her MP, the police, the chemist – everyone she can, to remedy the social ills she sees around her. Irene becomes suspicious of a neighbouring couple whom she suspects of neglecting their child, and tries to raise these suspicions to her doctor, who instead offers her a prescription (presumably some kind of anti-depressant or anti-psychotic medication) to help her forget her worries. Irene is eventually questioned by police after having written many abusive letters to the family,
Audition information

Temporary Artwork

Bleak House is the story of the Jarndyce family, who wait in vain to inherit money from a disputed fortune in the settlement of the extremely long-running lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.

Ada Clare and Richard Carstone are caught up in the case which could eventually make them incredibly rich, if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. They go to live at Bleak House which is owned by the generous John Jarndyce, who is given custody, by the court, of Ada and Richard. Jarndyce is also the guardian of Esther Summerson, who also lives at Bleak House.

The many sub-plots feature numerous other characters all of whose lives are tied in, in some way or other to the outcome of the case. Characters like, Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret; a secret which the merciless lawyer, Tulkinghorn tries desperately to uncover. Into the mix are thrown Guppy, a lovelorn solicitor’s clerk, ,Smallweed, a grasping moneylender, Hortense a conniving servant,  Krook  a rag and bottle dealer, the Snagsbys, a law stationer and his nagging wife, Jo, a consumptive crossing sweeper, and Bucket, a police detective,.

The story blends together a number of different genres: detective fiction, romance, melodrama and satire and illustrates what Dickens considered to be the one great principle of the English law ... to make business for itself.

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Present Laughter was written by Noël Coward in 1939.The plot depicts a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor and matinee idol, Garry Essendine, who sits the centre of his own universe contemplating his impending mid-life crisis; he’s recently turned forty.

Suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs, his line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose!

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