We’ll be having having a read-through of our February Salisbury Studio play The Real Inspector Hound on Tuesday 23rd October at 8.00 pm with auditions on Thursday 25th October at 7.30 pm (or by arrangement). Show nights are Feb 4th, 5th, 6th (Mon/Tues/Wed). Rehearsals for this play will start in early December with a break for Christmas and on Sundays, rehearsals will start at 7.30pm.
Lisa Miller, director, says: “The Real Inspector Houndby Tom Stoppard is a little gem of a play. Running at about 1 hr 20 mins it is both a parody of the classic English country house ‘whodunnit’ and a reflection on the nature of existence and reality. It is a play within a play – the audience are watching an untitled work with two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot. The play opens in a period drawing room and there is a body on the floor. The characters enter and the parody commences. It is in the second half of Stoppard’s play that things get really interesting: one of the critics steps onto the stage and becomes part of the action, closely followed by the second who quickly finds himself accused of the plot-line murder. How does it end? Well, you’ll have to come to the reading and find out!”
For further information please contact Lisa on email@example.com Meanwhile, to whet your appetites, the main characters are as follows:
Moon(male, indeterminate age) Moon is an aspiring and ambitious theatre critic who would love to achieve fame for his craft. He would particularly like to be better than Higgs (another more illustrious critic) of whom he is painfully jealous. This part is quite sizeable and is full of sharp, quick witted dialogue.
Birdboot (Male, middle aged) Married to the homely but good natured Myrtle. Birdboot is a bit of a philanderer who likes to help aspiring young actresses up the career ladder (ahem) Another sizeable part.
Magnus Muldoon (Male, middle aged +) Spends most of his time in a wheel chair playing cards and making inappropriate propositions to Cynthia his ‘niece in law’. Goes off occasionally to oil his gun.
Lady Cynthia Muldoon(Female 30-50) very glamorous lady of the house with whom Birdboot becomes instantly infatuated. Plays tennis in evening wear and heels.
Felicity(female 20’s-30’s) Younger friend of Cynthia’s. Spends the entire play in vintage tennis wear. Has been dating Simon who is actually in love with Cynthia.
Simon (Male 30’s +) The ‘romantic lead’ who has been seeing both Cynthia and Felicity . Passions are roused when they both discover how they are duped!
Mrs Drudge, the cleaning lady (Female 40’s +) excellent comic role, Mrs D is a pivotal character to the plot as she sees and hears everything. Great role for someone who can do the voice and the faces ..
Corpse: I will need a willing volunteer to lie on the stage for the entire length of the play (most of it under the chaise longue) No lines…
Inspector Hound(Male 40’s +) Rocks up half way through in swamp boots, shouting through a megaphone and looking for an escaped madman. An interesting take on the classic detective.