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!