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Curtain Call

Bettine Manktelow

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5f, 3m

Curtain Call
by Bettine Manktelow

An amusingly chaotic day in the life of Alec Partridge, Manager of the Thurlow Playhouse. The director of an amateur production of Oklahoma demands real horses in the show; an Arts Council agent arrives to assess the theatre's eligibility for a grant…

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

CURTAIN CALL BY Bettine Manktelow

The play takes place in the General Manager's office of the Thurlow Playhouse.   Two exits, one window.

History
1999:  First presented under the title "Stage Struck" by the Guild Players at the Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, Kent.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

CURTAIN CALL by Bettine Manktelow

An office in a theatre, posters scattered on the walls, generally untidy looking, two exits, one window (practical).   A desk and sundry office equipment.

Casting

5f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Valerie:   The General Manager's secretary.  30s, attractive young lady. Weighed down by the pressures of her job and her unhappy love-life.

Alec Partridge:  The General Manager.   50s. Affable and apparently unflappable.  Manages to keep his sense of humour despite his problems.

Lulu Lynchpin:  The Stage Manager, tough, capable, dependable.  30s-50s.

Doreta Mason:  An former actress, glamorous but struggling to look younger.  Sophisticated but secretly vulnerable. 40s

Murphy:  The Front of House Manager, 30s-40s.  An attractive flirt, charming, unambitious, easy-going.

Rita: A barmaid.  30s.  Fussy, pretty, kind and popular.

Ms Murdstone:  From the Arts Council.  Prim and severe, in a position of power and knows it.  40-50.

Clarence Mason:  A local councillor and Chair of the Theatre Trust and Doreta's husband.  A pompous bully, domineering and aggressive.   50s. 

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

"This fascinating look behind the scenes in a Theatre Manager's office made a rollicking comedy.."  East Kent Mercury.

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Authors

Bettine Manktelow

Bettine Manktelow was born Bettine Stratton in Gillingham in Kent, and is the middle daughter of three.She became stage-struck at an early age andworked in a repertory company atChatham Theatre Royalat the age of sixteen as an assistant stage-manager, learning stage craft from the bottom up and graduating to acting par ...

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