28th September 2017

A Bunch of Amateurs- February 2018


Poole and Parkstone Players are thrilled to have secured the rights for ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, the hilarious adaptation of the 2008 film of the same name and are casting soon!

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 it is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. 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!

There will be a read through on Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm at Poole Day Centre

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 1st November 7.00 pm at the same venue.

Please email membership@pandp.org.uk for more information.


Jefferson Steel– a fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure,
brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own

Dorothy Nettle– director of the Stratford Players and the moving
force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating
manner conceals her inner steel.

Jessica Steel– Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by
her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.

Nigel Dewbury– solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players.
Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the
show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic
chances with Dorothy.

Mary Plunkett– owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly,
generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steel fan – although
somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how
keen he is on her.

Denis Dobbins– handyman and village Mr Fixit. Avuncular though
slightly dull, Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up
his entourage of one.

Lauren Bell– thirty-something marketing executive former
physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and
smarter than her husband allows her to be, she’s treated as a bimbo
because of her looks.

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