Cancer patients at centre of Repertory play

A play set in a hospital ward is the first production for 2013 by New Plymouth's Repertory Theatre.

Director Terry Darby will hold auditions from 11am on Sunday, December 2, at the Repertory Theatre in Broadmore St.

Written by Frank Vickery, A Kiss on the Bottom is a comedy.

It introduces the audience to several women who are undergoing cancer treatment.

It tells the emotive story of this group and how they interact when they are thrown together during their stay in hospital.

Being away from home and family can have a strange effect. It takes them on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. The illness crosses all age and social boundaries. The worried individuals bond and support each other towards their ultimate goal - which is to leave the hospital and re-enter the family once more.

Emotions mixed with fun and laughter allow them to find a way back into their comfort zone and their own bed.

An all-female cast is required from 20 to 70 years old.

The characters include the large role of Marlene who is a busy-body and gossip. Lucy is a middle-of- the-road character, while Grace is mature but cranky. Ward nurse Bev is busy and efficient. June is quietly spoken and reserved.

There are four smaller roles, some of which are non-speaking. These could be shared by two people and would be ideal for someone new to theatre and wanting to give acting a go. Offers to help backstage and with lighting and sound are also being sought.

Playing dates will be April 9 to 20. For more information or scripts contact Terry Darby on 06 751 3797 or 027 860 8626.

Other plays planned by New Plymouth Repertory for next year include Calendar Girls by Tim Firth.

It has been made available to amateur theatre for a limited time. Based on the true story of 11 Women's Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Heather Harrison will direct and the proposed playing dates are July 9 to 20.

Nicci Smith will direct the third slot, from October 15 to 26 but is yet to advise on the play.

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