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Next Audition Date – Tuesday 17th January 2017 – 7.45pm
These will be open to members and non-members. There is a cast of 13 of all ages and large and small parts so something for everyone, please come along and have a go.

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett 

To be performed 27th – 29th April 2017 at The Pavilion directed by Cherry Bush assisted by Julie Hook.

Synopsis:The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennet’s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild, a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

Characters
Miss Shepherd about 65
Alan Bennett – author’s public persona
Alan Bennett 2 – His inner persona
Mam. Alan Bennett’s mother
Rufus, Alan Bennett’s neighbour
Pauline, Rufus’s wife
Social Worker, female
Underwood. a dilapidated figure
Mam’s Doctor
Leo Fairchild, Miss Shepherd’s brother
Lout
Ambulance Driver
Miss Shepherd’s Doctor
Interviewer
Priest
Council Workmen, undertakers etc

The action takes play in Alan Bennet’s house and garden and the street outside 1974-1989

Past performances


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