Combined Actors of Cambridge present
The Killing of Sister George
By Frank Marcus
Director: James Dowson
Venue: ADC Theatre, Cambridge
Audition dates: To be announced
The Killing of Sister George is both an intimate and emotional story and an almost farcical comedy enriched by characters that manage
to be simultaneously appalling in their selfishness and endearing in their vulnerability. It is set firmly in the 1960ís and follows
the professional and personal demise of the actress behind a beloved character in the fictional radio-soap Applehurst where she plays
the district nurse who gently ministers to the medical needs and personal problems of the local villagers. However, in real life and
amongst her colleagues, she is the antithesis of the sweet character she plays. In an attempt to boost ratings the character is to
be killed off and Mrs Mercy, the BBC executive responsible for this decision, confronts June who has played the part for some 2000
performances. Her only true confidante in these troubled times is her clairvoyant and somewhat eccentric neighbour Madame Xenia.
this back-drop, the play centres around Juneís domestic relationship with the childlike and manipulative Alice McNaught, who shares
her home and the benefits of her success. With the impending catastrophe of June's job loss, the insecure relationship is taken advantage
of by Mrs Mercy and Aliceís response becomes increasingly more self-centred than supportive.
Following highly acclaimed runs
of the original productions in the West End and on Broadway, most people now will recognize the play from either its recent West End
revival starring Meera Syal or the iconic 1968 film which featured Beryl Reid in the title role.
June Buckridge (Sister
George): Irascible, dominant, vulnerable and brusque.
Alice McNaught: (Childie) Girly, cunning and emotionally demanding.
to young 30ís
Mrs Mercy: Cold, efficient, polite BBC Executive.
Madame Xenia: Eccentric, clairvouyant, loyal and out-spoken.
Single set Ė 1960ís loft apartment in central London.