A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

04/01/19A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

We are still looking for one more actress to take the role of Jessica Steel in this great comedy.  See details below and on Latest News

A Bunch of Amateurs 

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Rehearsals begin on SUNDAY 20thJanuary until THURSDAY 7thMarch 2019

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings plus either Sunday morning or afternoon

The play will run from Saturday 9thMarch – Saturday 16thMarch

THE CHARACTER WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS JESSICA STEEL:    Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.  Jess is intelligent and ‘canny’ being fully aware of her father’s frailties.  She is a bit of an expert on King Lear and a great help to Dorothy


The Barn Theatre has had its council funding withdrawn and has to raise £50,000 to save the place.  Dorothy, the Stratford Players power-house, is determined to keep the Barn open.  In order to help with the fund-raising, they decide they need a ‘real’ star. 

Jefferson Steel is an aging Hollywood action-hero who believes he is coming to the UK to play King Lear at Stratford (upon Avon) however….  Once Jefferson arrives at Stratford St John (Suffolk) he realises his agents mistake – or is it.   

In the midst of all this Jefferson’s teenage daughter arrives to seek revenge on her arms-length father.

The play progresses as a gently comedy of realisation; with Jefferson assuming his Hollywood style demands being naturally delivered finally turning out to be well nice; with Nigel reluctantly accepting he’s not the leading light he thinks he is; Mary having her heart broken; Denis thoroughly enjoying being the action star’s mate; with Lauren coming into her own.  And Dorothy getting a sold-out production of King Lear plus an offer she’d never had thought of.

The plot is a bit obvious right from the start.  However. its amusing, well written, and has many amateur theatre situations that we and our audiences will recognise.


Director: Margaret Bennett; mb.bennett006@gmail.com