Want to star in a play? Take a leap of faith

PLAY TIME Director Nathan Chapman, writer Jacquie Panrose and her husband and producer David.     Picture: Sarah Standing (110957-9421)

PLAY TIME Director Nathan Chapman, writer Jacquie Panrose and her husband and producer David. Picture: Sarah Standing (110957-9421)

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FOR some, the thought of appearing in a play may have always been just a distant dream. But not any longer.

A community play – funded by the lottery – is after 25 ‘ordinary folk’ to take to the stage.

Havant writer and environmental campaigner Jacquie Penrose wants residents to form the chorus of her play, Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid, which is a comical take on climate change.

But rather than singing, the 25 people who sign up for the play will be providing sound effects and some will even be transformed into props through clever costuming.

No previous acting skills are necessary for the play, which is to be staged at Langstone Technology Park in May.

The auditions are being held on Sunday at the technology park, and Jacquie hopes people who have always wanted to be involved in theatre, but felt it was either too stuffy for them or they didn’t have the confidence, will put themselves forward.

She said: ‘We want to bring people together from all over the borough for this.

‘Through this project we want to raise the issue of climate change and running out of oil without it being a campaign. It’s a lighthearted look at climate change, it’s entertainment.

’Those taking part don’t need to have any previous experience, they won’t even need to learn any lines. We want to create a chorus that will provide all the sound effects for the show, using just themselves, their voices and their imaginations.’

The play combines members of Havant Literary Festival and Havant Transition Network, which is a voluntary group made up of residents who want to change people’s attitudes towards climate change.

The auditions take place on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant. To find out more email Htn2020@gmail.com or call 079831 24014.

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