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engaging and challenging local drama

Going Green

by David Tristram

(A tragi-comedy)

 

The people had lost faith in the political establishment. Expenses scandals, cash for questions, fat-cat bankers, austerity, riots – the whole country was crying out for a new direction, a fresh start.

 

Step forward John Brown, future leader of the Green Party. A man with vision, A man with charisma. But, a man with a problem!

 

Forced by a mystery illness to quit his beloved politics, John decides to give one last, blistering farewell, speech at the annual conference. The party-faithful rise as one to greet their hero. The press cameras crackle and flash. And John stands to deliver his final stark message to the waiting world. ‘’Go green….or die.’’

 

Little could he know how profound those words would be!!!

Audition notice!

 

The auditions for Going Green will take place on Thursday 6th February at 8pm in Forest Row Village Hall.

 

Rehearsals will start from 10th February and will be every Monday and Thursday until the performance.

 

Cast:

 

Sir Clive – could be male or female. Head of the British Secret Service. Sophisticated, with a commanding presence.

 

Madeleine - ‘A medical professional’ Intelligent, charismatic, engaging, passionate.

 

John - A politician. Similar age and characteristics to Madeleine.

 

Brian - Chairman of the party. A bluff, no-nonsense ‘old school’ politician.

 

Laura - John’s girlfriend. Attractive physical, but shallow and self-centred.

 

Christine - Brian’s wife. Good-natured and likeable, but not overly bright.

 

The play is set in May in the late 80’s, in a smart area outside London, at the home of Charles and Vivien Brookes. He is a very senior civil servant, and she is reputed to be of substantial means. The occasion is their twentieth wedding anniversary to which eight guests have been invited, but when the first couple arrive there is no sign of their hostess and catering staff, and the host is in no fit state to entertain anybody.. As the play develops great efforts are made to cover up, for various reasons, the probable truth, and whispers and insinuations imply unsavoury rumours about the hosts and some of the guests.

 

The police eventually arrive to investigate a fairly routine matter involving one of the guests and the host, but an indiscretion by another guest leads to an unbelievably staged explanation, and a twist at the end leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

 

The play is written with Neil Simon's wonderful flair; it has great pace, and superb one-liners.