FAMILY FUN IN THIS YEAR'S PANTO EXTRAVAGANZA!
Tickets: £6 Child, £8 Adult, available online and from Brownlees Newsagents, High Street, Biggar (Brownlees available from Tuesday 3 October).
By Robert S McLeish
Directed by Ian Henderson
SHOW RUN: Wednesday 6 April to Saturday 9 April 2016
AUDITIONS: Sunday 13 December 2015, 1.30pm in Biggar Corn Exchange Auditorium
FORMAT: Open – Turn up and have a go. No pieces to learn.
If you’re not a Biggar Theatre Workshop member, don’t let that put you off. We love new people!
WHAT’S THE SHOW?
Two one act comedies about the Cairns family.
Nothing Ever Happens:
Kate Cairns, a farmer's wife, complains that "nothing ever happens'', to break the monotony of her rather humdrum life. A series of hilarious situations develop, however, which has Kate eating her words before the final curtain. At the centre of the plot is Dougie, Kate's drunken husband. His dramatic, yet comical, entrance and Kate's attempt to sober him. The farce of getting Dougie abed in the "hole in the wa' ''; the amorous advances of Wattie Donaldson, Kate's "auld flame''; and the unexpected arrival of Kirsty, Wattie's domineering wife, and how she is surprised to find herself in bed with the drunken Dougie. The courtship of Meg Cairns, who's desperate to wed Geordie Donaldson, who isn't quite so keen. The accusation that Dougie has a local girl in the family way, all these events blend together to provide the players with colourful characters, offering excellent scope for acting with loads of situation comedy and humorous dialogue throughout, giving the audience a good old-fashioned "belly laugh''.
In this sequel to the author's "Nothing Ever Happens", we return to the hilarious ups and downs of the Cairns Family. The fun begins when Dougie and Kate Cairns awaken from their slumbers before cock-crow. Dougie is in an amorous mood, but has to come to terms with Kate's rejection. One comical situation leads to another, Kate driving Dougie from his bed with a brush; Dougie finding that he has a "skelf '' in his posterior and Kate's attempts at removing it with a needle and her teeth; Dougie's reaction at finding his arch enemy Kristy Donaldson assisting Kate with the ? laying of hands''. The continuing romance of Meg Cairns and the "Goukit'' Geordie Donaldson. Meg's attempts at learning Geordie the art of kissing. Geordie's game of hide and seek with his mother and his ploy to fool her into allowing him to marry Meg, sooner rather than later. Additional comic situations and humorous dialogue combine to offer the players and the audience a hilarious forty-five minutes.
Some of you might recognise this is as a ‘scottish’ show. No accent requirements – bring your own.
Characters Approximate Age Range
Dougie Cairns, Farmer 40 to 55
Kate Cairns, his wife 40 to 55
Meg Cairns, daughter 20 ish
Wattie Donaldson, Neighbouring farmer 40 to 60
Kirsty Donaldson, Wattie’s domineering wife 40 to 50
Geordie Donaldson, son 20 ish
Jake Tanner, Tavern landlord 35 to 70
Rosie Tanner, Jake’s daughter 16 to 20 ish
Jamie Dow, Rosie’s friend 16 to 30
Sundays 10.30 am to 3.00 pm (slotted rehearsal times) Corn Exchange, from Sunday 10 January 2016.
We are always looking for new technical and backstage crew, and people to cover bar and front of house, so get in touch if that’s something you might want to try and we’ll try and get you involved for this one (if there are too many volunteers we can always roll you over to the next show). You don’t have to be experienced, just willing to get stuck in.
ANY QUESTIONS: Carole on 01864 504278, or email@example.com
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