90th Year: Triple Bill

March 2018

2018 marks the 90th year of Boston Playgoers Society! And we are planning to celebrate in style, beginning with a special triple bill of short plays for our March production.

The three plays are:
Swan Song by Vanessa Brooks

Where the Mushrooms Grow by Kei Bailey, which has been written especially for Boston Playgoers 

and the full version of Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristam, with which we recently won Best Play and Best Supporting Actress at the Hunstanton One Act Play Festival.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 3 December 2-4pm at Blackfriars Theatre for Swan Song (directed by Lucy Taylor) and Where the Mushrooms Grow (directed by Kei Bailey). The performance dates are Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March 2018 inclusive. Please note that we are intending to take Where the Mushrooms Grow to the Hunstanton Play Festival in 2018, therefore those auditioning for that play will also need to be available in July 2018 to reprise their part.

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Swan Song

Donald, a sardonic and weary Chartered Surveyor, is retiring from the long-established, small town company he's devoted himself to for the last thirty-five years. Margaret is his hardworking, unmarried secretary who has devoted herself to Donald. On his last day, Donald has planned to spend the day doing what he wants to do. But Mimi, his bored, lonely wife has other ideas. Funny, witty and sad by turns this is an excellent choice for three mature actors. 

Characters
Margaret, hardworking, caring, Donald’s unmarried Secretary Age 50s – 60s

Donald, sardonic and weary Chartered Surveyor Age 50s – 60s

Mimi, Donald’s wife, a lonely lady of leisure drowning in luxury, boredom and alcohol Age 40s – 50s

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Where the Mushrooms Grow

Jeremy has lost his dog, a German Shepherd bitch called Brandy. It is the weekend and he is calling door to door in his local area in the hope of finding someone who has sighted the allusive canine. He decides to venture up the long, overgrown driveway of a property called Honeystone Nook, a pretty but rundown cottage on the edge of town. He is invited inside by a drab, awkward woman only to find he is soon a reluctant guest in the home of the eccentric Gribble family. 

Characters 
Estella 
Wistful, naïve and childish, the youngest daughter of Myrtle, Estella Gribble is a slight and bird-like spinster with unkempt hair and a rosy completion. She wears poorly hand-knitted cardigans and jumpers over long dresses and carpet slippers on her feet. She enjoys looking after her house plants and her best friend is a Philodendron called Katie who she is often heard having conversations with. She has spent six years searching for the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of a Flamenco Dancer on it and she refuses to start another until she has found the lost piece. 

Mother
Myrtle Gribble is a wild-eyed, disturbed woman with lank, greying hair and flushed face who wears a grubby night dress, dressing gown and Wellington boots. She is plump and needs the aid of a walking stick as she strains to stagger around on swollen joints. Although, her stature is strong and imposing, her mind is weak and deteriorating. For several years now, her verbal communication has been limited to vocabulary associated with meat products. Her world appears to revolve around food and she spends many hours in the garden or greenhouse waiting for her next meal. 

Jeremy 
Jeremy Blanchard is a quiet, unassuming man who works in insurance. He is slim, wears glasses and prefers to wear jeans and t-shirts when he’s not a work. Generally introverted, but in the right company he can also be talkative and jovial with a dry sense of humour. He owns a small semi-detached house in town with his wife of three years, Alison. He enjoys DIY and plays squash every Tuesday with his workmate, Tony. At the weekend, he normally goes shopping with his wife on Saturday morning and watches sport on the television in the afternoon. Every other Sunday he goes to his parents for lunch. 

Ernestine 
Ernestine Gribble is the oldest daughter of Myrtle. She has piercing eyes, thin lips and a suspicious nature. She is unmarried like her sister but, unlike Estella, is prim and precise in the way she dresses. Forthright and dominant, she runs the household efficiently and keeps control with a sharp tongue and an acidic manner. She finds Estella irritating and is exasperated by her mother but she loves them both above all else and will always remain loyal to them. She is an accomplished cook and works as a dispenser at the local hospital. 

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If you are unable to make the audition date, please let us know and we will arrange an alternative.