We are pleased to announce that our June production will be "Silver Lining" by Sandi Toksvig, Directed by Judi Campion
Production dates 12-15 June 2024
A readthrogh of the play will take place on Thursday 14 March, with auditions on 19 and 21 March
Venue: Carpenders Park Community Hall, Station Approach, Carpenders Park, WD19 5EF, Time: 7.30 p.m. fpr 7.45 p.m.
Silver Lining – synopsis and character information
Silver Lining is a hilarious comedy written by Sandi Toksvig. It tells the tale of a group of extraordinary yet forgotten women, who come together one treacherous night to recreate the old fil The Great Escape but in OAP style. There has been a massive storm and in the upper day room at Silver Retirement Home, five elderly women are trading their back stories. The storm has caused immense flooding, and the water is rising such that they now need to be rescued, but no-one comes. Therefore, in order to survive they must do what they have done for their whole lives - do it themselves!
Maureen – 60-70 one of the youngest yet the frailest. She carries a torch around as she is afraid of the dark and wears old fashioned headphones to listen to music. A bit scatty and unpredictable. She’s northern so an accent.
Gloria – age 60-80 still fit but wears and emergency button around her neck. A former pub landlady. She has a rough London accent. She’s quite trendy, with light up trainers and uses her mobile phone often. She is direct, to the point, often to the point of being unkind. She has a great-nephew called Nathan.
May – late 70’s in a wheelchair she has diabetes. Sharp mind and does not suffer fools gladly. She is always in M&S trousers and a jumper, wearing her glasses on her head. She was once quite high up in the BBC and speaks with a rather RP voice, quite posh although does swear.
June – early 70’s May’s younger sister. Quite cheery and optimistic but a little prim & proper. She is a very good swimmer and quite religious. She has a daughter called Alyson. She undresses on stage briefly.
St Michael (as in Marks & Spencer) – in a wheelchair should be the oldest or at least look it. Wearing a dressing gown and slippers, a vacant look. She has little dialogue.
Hope – ideally British Caribbean or Asian, early 20’s. wearing ripped jeans a hoodie, on her phone a lot. This character may have to be adapted. Swears.
Jed – youngish but could be older. Swears. Smaller part 6 pages.
I laugh every time I read it, it’s very funny and there are opportunities for some excellent characterisations. We will have to be flexible on ages etc, and I am hoping that folk not cast, will be prepared to help with other roles within the production. Helen will be my Producer, Mark SM and Michael has offered to be prompt. I will be looking for a Props person(s) and help with the minimal set, along side lighting and sound of course. I’m hoping costumes can be sourced by the cast members. Judi
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