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Man’s best friend needed to take a star role in play

CASTING CALL From left, Graeme Clements, Alexandra Maclean, Jonathan Redwood and Marina Voak, who need a dog to take part in their upcoming production of Fawlty Towers 						             Picture: Allan Hutchings (141270-248)

CASTING CALL From left, Graeme Clements, Alexandra Maclean, Jonathan Redwood and Marina Voak, who need a dog to take part in their upcoming production of Fawlty Towers Picture: Allan Hutchings (141270-248)

 

A GROUP of thespians is in desperate need of a hairy extra to take part in their upcoming production.

The furry fellow must be cute, able to bite on cue and be prepared to take all four legs to the stage.

Fareham Musical Society is of course not looking for a human to take the role, but a shih tzu dog to appear in its Fawlty Towers production, which is coming to the Ferneham Hall in Fareham next month.

Society chairman Graeme Clements, who plays Manuel, said: ‘One of the episodes, the Kipper and the Corpse, requires a real shih tzu dog in several of the scenes. You cannot really do it with a toy and we need a dog, at the moment we are dog-less.’

The actors have been rehearsing using a stuffed toy, which Graeme picked up from a charity shop.

Mr Clements, 55, of Barnbrook Road, Sarisbury, said: ‘We try and do as much as we can, we have made the set and the props.

‘We’re not allowed to change the script and that provides a few challenges. That’s why we are hoping someone will lend us their dog, hopefully an older dog which is quite placid as shih tzu dogs can be quite lively.’

The dog would be required on stage to ‘bite’ both Manuel and Polly and would be mainly carried about and fussed over by its owner hotel guest Mrs Chase.

Mr Clements said he hopes to put food in the actors hands to recreate the scene and the dog’s owner would be allowed to stay close, behind the scenes.

Fareham Musical Society, which meets for rehearsals at the Roebuck Inn, Wickham and the Wickham Scout hut, is performing three Fawlty Towers episodes after two successful years of performing the first six.

Director Marina Voak, who also plays Sybil, said: ‘It is a hilarious show — it’s so funny. All the people who came to last year’s show have said they are coming back again. They loved it so much we’ve put it on for three nights. There’s nothing else like it.’

Fareham Musical Society hopes to take to the stage again next year to perform the last three episodes and complete the series.

The show is on from Thursday, June 12, until Saturday, June 14. Tickets cost £13, £11 concessions. To book call the box office 01329 231942.

If you would like to offer the society your dog call Mr Clements on 07552233333 or email graemeclements fms@gmail.com.

 

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