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Rehearsals going well for Ladies' Day

Some pictures from Ladies' Day rehearsals

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First time at the Red House

Ladies' Day is an exciting first time at the fabulous new Red House, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Millbay

Book now for Ladies' Day

On-line booking is now open for Ladies' Day here, or ring the box office 01752 291309.

Getting in to character for Ladies' Day, trip to the races

In an effort to get in to the spirit of the play, a group of Tamaritans went to the Exeter races in November, and it included a shire horse race with the betting for charity, and a decorated welly competition. Pictures below, rumour that the director came out with a profit. Thanks to Robin Empsall for the photos.
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Play reading "What the Butler Saw" Friday 13th January

Don't forget Friday's play reading - open to all!

‘What The Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton

We start our play-readings for 2017 with Joe Orton’s riotous (and frankly rather naughty) farce ‘What The Butler Saw’.   This will take place at Manor Gardens at 7.30pm on Friday 13 January.

If you enjoyed our production of ‘Loot’ at the beginning of last year, you will surely enjoy ‘What The Butler Saw’.   The characters have a recognisable feel from ‘Loot’ – and so does the dialogue.

The cast (2F and 4M) consists of:

  • Dr Prentice: 40s, psychiatrist.
  • Geraldine Barclay: 20s, applying for job as Dr Prentice’s PA
  • Mrs Prentice: 40s, wife of the doctor
  • Nicholas Beckett: 20s, hotel porter
  • Dr Rance: 50s/60s, pyschiatric inspector
  • Sgt Match: 30s/40s, police officer.

A very rough synopsis of the play is as follows: Ms Barclay applies for a job as PA to the lecherous Dr Prentice.  He asks her to undress so he can ‘examine’ her.   Mrs Prentice interrupts proceedings, claiming that she has been assaulted in an hotel.   The hotel porter arrives with lewd photos of Mrs P and threatening blackmail.   Dr Rance arrives to do a formal inspection of Dr P’s private clinic.   A police officer arrives to investigate Mrs P’s assault.   Several people removes their clothes.   Several are declared insane.   Some are drugged.   Mayhem ensues in the room and in the garden, with much scantily-clad frolicking.   Guns are fired.   More mayhem.   It’s farcical stuff – but along the way Joe Orton manages to include innumerable digs at authority & respectability in a highly amusing style that is familiar from ‘Loot’.

Do come along and join the fun.   And remember that our play-readings are a chance for you to introduce non-members to The Tamaritans, or for them to introduce themselves.