Windsor Theatre Guild

NEWS: After The Dance To Be Staged For One Night At The Castle Hotel

This year, access to the Guildhall – our usual venue for the autumn play – has been restricted, resulting in us being able to perform there for four nights only instead of five, omitting the
Wednesday. Therefore, discussions concerning the possibility of staging the Wednesday show in the Castle Hotel opposite the Guildhall have been taking place in the large function room (which is roughly the size, including height, of the Guildhall Chamber).

The deal has been made and the Wednesday show will go ahead, just over the road instead.

The hotel is keen to liaise more with local people and we will get access to more audience, as well as raising the Guild’s profile.

The Wednesday night’s show will be slightly different in that the ticket price will include refreshments during the interval, supplied by the hotel and their bar will be open both
before and after the show. Moreover, the hotel have agreed to provide a pre-theatre dinner menu for those of our audience who wish to dine before the show on any night.

Auditions for After The Dance will be on Sunday 28th and Tuesday 30th July. As always, if you want to audition but cannot make those dates please contact us and other arrangements can be made.

From the director, Adrian Tang:

When looking for plays to direct for Windsor Theatre Guild, Derek Reay gave me a list of plays that had been produced by the Guild thus far. I noticed there were a great number of classic authors of the theatrical world but a great 20th Century British playwright was missing, namely Terence Rattigan. As soon as I saw the performance area in the Guildhall I knew that After The Dance would work: the opulent setting could be the backdrop for a fancy Mayfair apartment in 1939. Rattigan creates characters that are complex in a world that does not allow them to reveal their true feelings, perfect for actors to get their teeth into.

My first foray in directing was back in 2007 when I put on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance for the University of Southampton’s Light Operatic Society. I then focused on performing, notable roles included: Alexis in The Sorcerer; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Tesman in Hedda Gabler. After taking a short week-long course at RADA in the summer of 2017, I fully committed to directing and have since directed at the Studio Theatre in Bracknell with Laura Wade’s Colder Than Here; Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Progress Theatre in Reading; and will be taking Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia to Wokingham Theatre in May 2020. I’m also the Artistic Director for my theatre company Exit Pursued By Panda, we will be taking our work to Bath and Guildford Fringe Festivals this summer.

Having met the fantastic production team for After The Dance recently, I’m really looking forward to meeting all the acting talent at auditions!

Synopsis: Set in the mid-late 1930s, we are a fly-on-the-wall viewing the lives of the ScottFowlers in their fashionable Mayfair penthouse apartment. David Scott-Fowler, being a
successful writer, likes to work hard and play hard. He and his wife Joan still enjoy the hedonistic days of the 1920s and show no signs of slowing down. His younger cousin Peter
and partner Helen both try to coax them out of their irresponsible ways, which leads to David forming a relationship with Helen. The scene is set for betrayal, unrequited love and self-destruction.

Cast breakdown (playing ages are a guide only):

John Reid – The Scott-Fowlers’ long-term free-loading lodger. Enjoys his lack of responsibility in life and the lifestyle that David and Joan have led so far (30s-50s, m)

Peter Scott-Fowler – The younger cousin of David and stepping out with Helen. Hardworking, naïve and stoic. Both in awe of and judgemental of David. (20s-early 30s, m)

Williams – The Scott-Fowlers’ butler. Diligent, discrete and careful. All the qualities a good manservant should have. (50+, m)

Joan Scott-Fowler – Enjoys the lifestyle David and herself lead, however, cannot help but feel that their lives are empty. (late 20s-40s, f)

Helen Banner – Ingénue writer and typist. Impressionable, determined and naïve. Feels David is drinking himself to an early death and yearns to do something about it (20s, f)

Dr. George Banner – Newly qualified medical doctor. Earnest, considered and thoughtful. Can possibly double with Lawrence Walters. (20s, m)

Julia Browne – Superficial and fawning socialite. Owns property close to the Scott-Fowlers and is constantly on the party scene. (30s-40s, f)

Cyril Carter – Cockney friend of Julia. Can double with Arthur Power (20s-30s, m)

David Scott-Fowler – Successful historical writer. Enjoys his hedonistic lifestyle. Finds himself quite taken with Helen. (30s-40s, m)

Moya Lexington – Party guest. (20s-40s, f)

Lawrence Walters – Party guest. Can possibly double with George Banner. (20s, m)

Arthur Power – Party guest. Can possibly double with Cyril Carter. (20s-30s, m)

Miss Potter – Hired as a typist. (40s-50s, f)

Playing ages are a guide only. Auditionees are only required to attend one of the two audition sessions and do not need to prepare any pieces. If anyone is unable to attend on these dates but wishes to be considered, please contact the director using the details below. For any other queries, the director, Adrian Tang, can be contacted on adrian_tang84@yahoo.co.uk or 07875336198.

Performances: 19th-23rd November 2019
Auditions: Sunday 28th July (3-5pm) and Tuesday 30th July (7.30-10pm)
Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from the end of August 2019. Sunday rehearsals to be included from October 2019

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