Tickets now available for Ladies Day 10-12th March 2022

Online tickets are now available for our next show, Ladies Day. Tickets will be available from David’s Music in Letchworth.

Ladies’ Day by Amanda Whittington.
First performed in 2005.
Whittington has also written Be My BabySatin n’ Steel, Bollywood Jane and The Tobacco Girls.
 
Play description:
Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot – and it happens to be the year it has relocated to York!
Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds they could hit the jackpot – and more besides…
 
This is an amusing story of four friends who bunk off work in a fish factory to go to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot for a bit of fun – but also find themselves going on personal journeys of self-discovery. Friendships are strengthened. Fears are faced. It is funny but also very moving.
 
This play is set in Hull in 2005.

Present laughter tickets now available.

Tickets may be purchased on line or at Davids Music in Letchworth.

Covid measures, in addition to reducing seat capacity, the following are in place.

1. Hand sanitiser available at entrances to buildings and rooms and washrooms. Guests encouraged to use the sanitiser frequently.
2. Ventilation- doors and windows to remain open to facilitate airflow.
3. One way system in place and guests encouraged to take seats promptly.
5. We encourage the use of face coverings while within the building and to consume drinks while seated when masks may be removed.
6. Control of numbers within each space to prevent overcrowding at bar area, entrance and exit.
7. Guests are reminded not to attend if they feel unwell or are displaying any symptoms of Covid.

Cast for Present Laughter

November Production.  Casting has been completed and rehearsals have started for our November production of Noel Coward’s light comedy Present Laughter.

Cast for Present Laughter

  • Daphne Stillington – Jessica Landy
  • Miss Erikson – Charlotte McDermott
  • Fred – Lewis Muir
  • Monica Reed – Rebecca Aloneftis
  • Garry Essendine –  Joe Hogan
  • Liz Essendine  – Sarah Rice
  • Roland Maule – Finn Riches
  • Henry Lyppiatt – James Barnard
  • Morris Dixon – Hamish Robb
  • Joanna Lyppiatt  – Diane Morrad
  • Lady Saltburn – Christine Low

The story depicts a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid life crisis (he has recently turned forty). 

Audition Notice

AUDITION NOTICE
Present Laughter by Noel Coward
Playing Dates 11-13 November 2021
Audition date: Sun 5th Sep at 7pm in the Hall at the Settlement.
Rehearsals will be Mon, Wed, and some Sun Later in the rehearsal schedule.
Production days: 11-13 Nov 2021

This Noel Coward play depicts a few days, in the early 1940’s, in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis (he has recently turned forty). The character is a caricature of the author’s real-life persona.
Characters
Most of the characters are roughly mid 20s to mid 40s, However, we will be flexible with age and other attributes. I include some descriptions from the script for a bit of context.

  • Daphne Stillington – A pretty young women from a party.
  • Miss Erikson – Cigarette smoking Swedish yoga loving Housekeeper. A smaller part with opportunity for a big exaggerated character.
  • Fred –Valet, smaller part, young man about town, again opportunity for a big comedic character.
  • Monica Reed – Secretary, austere but effective
  • Garry Essendine – A big wordy part as everything revolves around Garry, with all the other characters behaving in ways to manage him.
  • Liz Essendine  – Gary’s ex wife, charming, good looking and a foil for Garry.
  • Roland Maule – An Ernest and opinionated playwright.
  • Henry Lyppiatt – Garrys management team, married to Joanna. Dapper, neat.
  • Morris Dixon – Garrys management team. Tall and good looking, tends to get hysterical.
  • Joanna Lyppiatt  – Another pretty young woman from a party.
  • Lady Saltburn – Small Part, Daphne’s aunt.

Once cast, learning lines will need to begin in earnest. There are a number of physical scenes, where holding a script will be difficult.
Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday at 8.00 pm and most but not all Sunday’s. A full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play is cast.

If you would like to audition but cannot make the audition dates, or are interested in supporting the production backstage or on the technical side, then please let Stephen know at contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk
Many thanks