Auditions coming up!21/05/22
BENEFACTORS by Michael Frayn
Directed by Jane Barth
Reading: Tuesday 7 June; Auditions Thursday 9 June – both at 7.30 pm
Performance Dates: Saturday, 17, Monday 19 to Saturday 24 September in the Liz Stafford Auditorium
"In Benefactors, Frayn has caught the high hopes and the long hangover of that decade of protest and reform."
Michael Frayn is well known for the farce Noises Off. Benefactorsis not a farce but is full of Frayn's humour and humanity. It's about good intentions going awry, about relationships and architecture.
It's 1968. David, an ambitious architect, has just landed a huge project to design and rebuild an area of London being demolished under a "slum clearance" scheme. His supportive wife, Jane, has private doubts about it and David's ability to cope. Over the road live Colin and Sheila. Colin, public school educated, knows David from university. He's sceptical, not to say cynical. Sheila just wants to please everyone, especially Colin, but keeps failing.
This interesting, witty play uses an unusual structure. It starts in the "Now" which is about 1980; then the action goes back to 1968 and works forward to 1980. The Now is evoked throughout the play by the characters looking back over the intervening 12 years in the form of monologues. Confused? Don't worry, it will all be made perfectly clear by the clever structure of the set (designed by John McGinn) and the brilliant actors who we're confident will want to audition.
All welcome to the reading to find out more with no obligation.