Neighbourhood Watch
Audition time
Monday, 20 November, 7.30pm
Rugby Theatre, Central Hall
Show dates
5 - 12 May
Show dates

As usual, Alan Ayckbourn tackles social issues and ideas through characters; flawed, familiar, believable characters doing outrageously dark, whilst funny things.

Brother and sister, Martin and Hilda are devoutly Christian. They move into a nice, middle- class area (Bluebell Hill) fringed by a run-down estate. The siblings meet a few of their new neighbours at their housewarming party. Together they set up a Neighbourhood Watch group, without the involvement of any police officers.

The play takes a darker turn when the previously quiet, law-abiding inhabitants of Bluebell Hill become vigilantes, whose good intentions end up doing untold harm.


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**NOTE** If you are unable to make this audition, please contact Steve, as he can offer an alternative date**

Character notes and playing age:

MARTIN (40s): devoutly Christian; moral worthiness is slowly warped into moral obtuseness.
HILDA (a little older): devoutly Christian; find touching notes in her pride in her brother’s unexpected success as a leader of men
ROD (60s): A paranoid ex-security officer, who thinks wielded baseball bats is the answer to local crime
DOROTHY (60s): The estate gossip; a congenital female snooper
GARETH (50s): (AMY’s husband) “mousy” a much-cuckolded unemployed engineer, whose interest in medieval torture devices comes in handy
MAGDA (20s): Music teacher (wife of Luther)
AMY (30s): (Gareth’s wife) is having an affair with Magda's husband Luther, flirts with Martin. flirts with a soft lusciousness
LUTHER (30s): (Husband to Magda) apparently the lone objector to Martin’s draconian measures.

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Venue: Rugby Theatre, Central Hall
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