A Bunch of Amateurs

Written by Ian Hislop
and Nick Newman

Directed by Joe Butcher

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Performances are 3 - 11 July 2020
Auditions are 30 April 2020
Box Office opens on 22nd June

Performances start at 7:45pm, go to the Visiting Us page for more information.

A bunch of Amateurs is a love letter to amateur dramatics, written by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop.

The story of the play follows former Hollywood action hero, Jefferson Steele, arriving in England to boost his stalling career by playing King Lear at Stratford. Unfortunately for him his hapless agent has made a massive faux pas and this is not the Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the Bard, but a small Suffolk village. And instead of appearing with ‘Branagh’ and ‘Dench’ and the RSC, as expected, the rest of the cast are an amateur drama group called Stratford Players!

Jefferson’s ego, vanity and insecurity are tested fully by the enthusiastic amateur thesps, who can’t believe their luck, or lack of it. As the worlds of glamorous Hollywood and sleepy Suffolk intertwine Jefferson’s career implodes, and he discovers some real truths about himself, and, ultimately, his inner Lear!

To Be Cast

Jefferson Steel
Dorothy Nettle
Jessica Steel
Nigel Dewbury
Mary Plunkett
Denis Dobbins
Lauren Bell

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A Bunch of Amateurs

Written by Ian Hislop
and Nick Newman
Directed by Joe Butcher
3 - 11 July 2020

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