2017-18 Season at Chester Little Theatre
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne. Director Alison Knott
Sat 16, Mon 18 – Sat 23 September
Reading: Tuesday 13 June 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 15 June 7.30 pm
First produced in 1956 at the Royal Court Theatre. Famous for spawning the “angry young man”, this powerful drama is a break from comfortable drawing room plays, presenting realism and marital controversy between an intelligent, educated but disaffected young man from a working class background and his long-suffering middle-class wife.
The Things Good Men Do by Dan Muirden. Director John Turner
Sat 11, Mon 13 – Sat 18 November
Reading: Tuesday 27 June 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 29 June 7.30 pm
“There are three types of girlfriend. Those you tell your parents about, those you tell your friends about and those you tell no one about”. Reformed womaniser Nick is approaching thirty and has fallen head over heels in love with the girl he wants to marry and have kids with. But then a dark little fling he’d rather forget comes back to threaten everything. (Contains sexual content and strong language.)
Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn. Director Jane Barth
13, 15 – 20 January 2018
Reading: Tuesday 3 October 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 5 October 7.30 pm
One of Ayckbourn’s most eccentric plays. Arnold regularly hosts the meetings of a group of hopeful writers of various genres. It’s just before Christmas and a cold night threatening snow, so the turn-out is not very good, but the six who arrive share their work, which is greeted with various levels of enthusiasm. The evening comes to an end and Arnold, like a good host, says good night and starts to clear the coffee cups when, suddenly, he is in darkness. When the lights come on again, he is being threatened by a woman with a knife …
Moonshine by Jim Nolan. Director Ed Green
Sat 10, Mon 12-Sat 17 March 2018
Reading: Tuesday 21 November 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 23 November 7.30 pm
A comedy drama. Easter 1991. Ballintra, a seaside village in southern Ireland. The Protestant church is closing down, and the incompetent local undertaker is determined to stage a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Around these facts, Nolan builds a moving and memorable play in which members of a motley cast search for their private resurrections.
Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis. Director Margaret Bennett
Sat 5, Mon 7 – Sat 12 May 2018
Reading: Tuesday 30 January 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 1 February 7.30 pm
A dramatic comedy. 1669 is a bawdy and troublesome time. The king is back on the throne and theatres have recently reopened after seventeen yeas of Puritan suppression. There is a surge of dramatic writing and for the first time, women are allowed on stage. This joyous play brings historical characters to life, including a young and brash Nell Gwyn. The women embrace their new-found freedom but it comes at a price. By turns, raucously funny and deeply poignant.
The Vortex by Noel Coward. Director K. C. Finn
Sat 30 June, Mon 2 – Sat 7 July
Reading: Tuesday 27 March 8.00 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 29 March 7.30 pm
In The Vortex, Coward explores the darker side of the Cocktail Party set. This early play by a playwright usually known for lighter, frothier drama, uncovers drug abuse, blackmail and shattered relationships. A young composer, Nicky, proposes to his girlfriend, Bunty. But Nicky seems confused about his own sexuality and resentful and unhappy about his mother, who is having affairs with younger men.