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the Lady in the VanTuesday 14th - Saturday 18th March 2017 by Alan Bennett and Directed by Kerry King
Alan Bennett draws from his memoirs to offer a dramatized account of the genteel vagrant, Miss Shepard, who parked her van in his driveway for fifteen years. Maggie Smith starred in London's West End.
9 males and 5 Female
RehearsalsReheasals at the theatre between 7.30 and 10pm
The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the worldTuesday 13th - Saturday 17th June 2017
by Peter Quilter and Directed by John Roberts
Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world in 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics - instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.
Auditions and Read ThroughA read through of this play will take place at the theatre on Monday March 20th 2017 at 7.30 pm, please come along if you are interested in a part.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday 22nd the same week, place and time.
RehearsalsNB: Please make sure you are able to attend all rehearsals between the 29th May and the 12th June 2017 before auditioning for a part.
CastFlorence Foster Jenkins – Playing Age – 55 to 75
She is a singer - a bad singer - one of the worst ever (but she just doesn't realise).
St Clair – Playing Age – 55 to 75
Florence’s actor boyfriend - a larger than life character seemingly devoted to Florence who protects her from the outside world, very English, much the failed Shakespearian actor - a lover of life, food and wine (and probably other women!) – another great character to play.
Cosme McMoon – Playing age 30 to 45
Florence’s pianist – Very arch, knowing and amusing – lots of witty lines and a very important character in the play – it would be great if you can play the piano but this is not essential and acting ability trumps piano playing – a good range of horrified expressions will be an asset!
Dorothy – Playing age – 55 to 75
Florence’s friend and intimate – yet another very amusing eccentric character with plenty to do and lots of comic lines and scenarios – needs to be good at handling stuffed dogs!
Maria – Playing age – 30 to 50
Florence and St. Clair’s Mexican cook/housemaid – usually loud and cross! - this role is entirely in Spanish - a part to make your own – no end to the potential laughs that will accompany your every appearance on stage!
Mrs. Verrinder – Playing age – 40 to 60
Florence’s nemesis – someone who tells Florence what a terrible singer she is to her face – a cameo role but very important to the action of the play – lots of vigour and expression needed!
May 2016 - A Different Way to Die / Tagged (details updated soon)
Apr 2016 - Accolade (details updated soon)
Dec 2015 - The Christmas Fairy Tale
Oct 2013 - The Final Act (murder mystery)
Jul 2010 - A Blow to the Head (murder mystery)
Jul 08 - Death by Radio (murder mystery)
2006 - 1979Full details of these past performances can be viewed here.
Awards and NominationsWe were delighted to receive two very prestigious awards from the North Essex Theatre Guild at their 2015 awards evening in September.
The Doris Griffith Memorial Cup for Best Production, ‘RolePlay’, was collected by the director, Val Taylor and the Best Actress in a drama, award went to Alison Baker for her wonderful portrayal of Julie-Ann in that same production.
Previous AwardsThe Manifest Theatre has been nominated and collected several awards during the history of the group. See the full list here -->
Although an amateur group we pride ourselves on our professional approach and are dedicated to achieving high standards in all our productions.
Our enthusiastic and talented cast and crew have won many awards over the years; most recently the Noda Award for Technical Achievement for the set from the production of Dead Guilty, Glyn Hill’s first full Manifest production. Well done to all those involved.
We aim for three productions a year - usually a Comedy, a Straight Play and a Musical (although this can vary). We use different Directors/Producers for each production as well as a Stage Manager and a hard-working team of Lighting, Sound, Make-up and Wardrobe technicians.