Auditions - Sunday December 5 7.45pm and December 6 7.45pm All at the Chesil Theatre
Production Dates Saturday April 2 - Saturday April 9 Matinee Sunday April 3 2.30pm
A bitter, sweet comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, If I Were You, will be performed at the Chesil Theatre, Winchester, next April. After 30 years Jill and Mal Rodale’s marriage is not in good shape. Their daughter, Chrissie married to Dean, Mal’s colleague at the furniture store, has recently had a baby, making them grandparents. Their sensitive and creative teenage son is at odds with his father. They need to talk but no-one appears to listen or take any advice.
After something wholly mystifying happens one night, Ayckbourn explores what would happen if Jill and Mal could see what life is like from the other’s point of view.
There are five characters to be cast. The Reading will be held on Friday December 3 followed by Auditions on Sunday December 5 and Monday December 6 all at 7.45pm at the Chesil.
Auditions are open and new members are always welcome.
Director Marina Humphrey said: “This play presents an original and exciting challenge especially the for two actors playing Mal and Jill - leading to many funny, often awkward and revealing scenarios!
There are five characters: As always, all ages are approximate.
Mal Rodale, Late 40s, early 50s. A Furniture showroom manager, he is worried about the possibility of losing his job. He’s on edge, dishonest and can be belligerent.
Jill Rodale, Late 40s, early 50s. An unhappy and unfulfilled housewife. She’s intelligent but bored by her daily drudge. She’s loyal and supportive of her family.
Sam Rodale, 15-17. A college student who loves drama but is bullied by his father who doesn’t approve of his son’s artistic sensibilities. A typical teenager.
Dean Snaith, Late 20s, early 30s. Works with Mal in the showroom. He looks up to Mal and keeps Mal’s secret. He has dated views of marriage.
Chrissie Snaith (nee Rodale), early/mid 20s. Married to Dean with a young baby. Supportive of her mother’s home situation. Mal adores her. She too has a secret.