JULY 2018 PRODUCTION
Written by JEFFREY ARCHER
Directed by KERRIE KING
READING: Wednesday 21st March @ 7.30pm
AUDITION: Wednesday 28th March @ 7.30pm
VENUE: Elanora Community Centre, 49A Kalang Rd Elanora Heights
CONTACT: Kerrie King if any queries prior to the reading on 0414 515 373
REHEARSALS: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to approx. 10pm at the Elanora CC commencing Tues 1st April
SHOW SEASON: Friday 13th – Saturday 21st July, 9 shows in total
The Accused is a tense courtroom drama with a difference. Set in a court room, Dr Patrick Sherwood has been accused of poisoning his wife with a drug supplied by his supposed mistress.
The audience will act as the jury, as if they were in the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey. They will decide….Did Dr Sherwood murder his wife? Was Jennifer Mitchell his mistress? Which of his alibis should you believe? Is the accused a victim or a murderer? Was it a heart attack or a crime of passion? Is the accused a victim or a murderer?
The author has very cleverly written two endings and dependent on the jury’s decision it could go either way, and as such two endings will be rehearsed. In truth only the author knows the real ending.
The play has a large cast, originally consisting of 2F and 12M. Given permission by the author, this production will switch some male roles for females.
ROLES (ages indicative):
Jury Bailiff (Medium to large role preferably 40+)
Mr Justice Cartwright (Medium role but on stage throughout play 45+)
Anthony Kersley QC (Prosecution) (Larger role preferably 40+)
Alison Ashton (Junior Solicitor small role 30+)
Sir James Barrington QC (Defence) (Larger role preferably 40+)
Andrew Jarvis (Junior Solicitor small role 30+)
Patrick Sherwood (Accused M45+)
Jennifer Mitchell (Mistress F30+)
Guard (open age)
Det Chief Insp Payne (Witness small role 40+)
Albert Webster (Witness small role 60+)
Masood Hussein (Witness small role 50+)
Prof Alistair Forsyth (Witness small role 50+)
Court Usher (open age)