Black Comedy$17 - $20
Black Comedy – A One-Act Farce
by Peter Shaffer. Directed by Jason Sharland
The lights go out and chaos and hilarity ensues.
Brindsley Miller and his fiancée Carol Melkett have “borrowed” the fancy furniture from neighbor Harold Gorringe’s flat in order to impress Carol’s father, Colonel Melkett. Brindsley, an artist, is afraid that the Colonel will not give up his daughter to a starving artist.
Things go awry when the lights go out, leaving Brindsley helpless as characters arrive, one by one. First is Brindsley’s elderly neighbor, Miss Furnival. Colonel Melkett, unimpressed by the blackout, arrives, and Brindsley’s worst nightmare comes true as Harold returns early, and Brindsley tries desperately to return the furniture without Harold noticing.
Closed auditions are being held for this show – Growl Theatre members only.
BRINDSLEY MILLER (Male, Age 20-30)
A young sculptor, intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself.
CAROL MELKETT (Female, Age 20-30)
His fiancée. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying deb quack.
MISS FURNIVAL (Female, Age 35-55)
A middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack skirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster – until alcohol undoes her.
COLONEL MELKETT (Male, Age 45-65)
CAROL’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep and alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed suspicion.
HAROLD GORRINGE (Male, Age 30-45)
The bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and BRINDSLEY’s neighbour, HAROLD comes from the North of England. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specalist in emotionial blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected.
SCHUPPANZIGH (Male, Open age)
A German refugee, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if this means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board.
CLEA (Female, Age 20-30)
BRINDSLEY’s ex-mistress. Dazzling, emotional, bright and mischievous. The challenge to her to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible.
GEORG BAMBERGER (Male, Age 45-70)
A millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like the Electrician, he is a German. A very small role, which only comes in at the end. The hope is the person cast in this role, may take on an additional role such as Stage Manager
Content Warning – This production contains coarse language, sexual references and content which may cause distress to some audience members.