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A Bunch of Amateurs!?

Well, technically yes, but our new performance, set to be performed October 17th to 22nd is called "A Bunch of Amateurs".

Its the Royal Manor Theatres first full play for almost 3 years, and its great to be back treading the proverbial boards.

The play itself is written by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop (from Have I got news for you). Its a wonderfully funny love letter to their AmDram roots.

The play centers around a mix up by a hard on their luck, Hollywood star who mistakenly books themselves to perform King Lear, by William Shakespeare, in Stratford. But its not Stratford upon Avon, its a small village in Suffolk.

Here is the synopsis

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

Its great to be back on stage again in Portland, we have so much energy to shove out into the audience, built up after 3 years of Covid and lockdowns.

Hope to see you there, and stay tuned for more blog posts and behind the scenes tid bits!



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