Hello/Goodbye, by Peter Souter
Sunday 11th November, 7pm
Director: Harry Atkinson
Production Dates: Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7.45pm
Rehearsals: Start 6th January, days to be arranged according to cast availability
For more information and audition pieces, please contact Harry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The play is performed in real time and records the first and last hour of a relationship.
It is an extremely funny play but with undertones of sadness as we, the audience, see the pitfalls before the protagonists can, and we desperately want the relationship to succeed. The humour stems from the unlikely mix of the two main characters.
The basic plot is that two people arrive at a flat on the same day each thinking that they have individually bought the lease. The sparring over ownership develops into an attraction and the attraction develops into a passionate affair. Act 1 ends with the two of them literally ripping the clothes off each other.
Juliet is a feisty in your face woman with a somewhat chequered relationship and sexual history. On the face of it she should easily see off the more self-effacing Alex, but he proves to be a match for her. He is an oddball character who collects plastic dinosaurs and 1930s American Baseball Cards which he obsessively laminates. It turns out that he too has an interesting sexual history and claims that he has “never had any complaints” from his past girlfriends. Into this mix comes Leo, Juliet’s immediate past boyfriend. He is summoned to beat Alex up and throw him out of the flat. He arrives under the impression that Juliet is going to apologise to him for an “indiscretion” with his best friend.
It turns out that Alex and Leo warm to each other, so Juliet’s plan is frustrated.
In Act 2 Amanda drifts into the scene as, or so we think, an estate agent, but we do know that she has already succumbed to Alex’s sexual prowess.
The last Act is bittersweet as Alex and Juliet rake over the ashes of their ten-year relationship and what went wrong. We are left with the possibility that they might try again - but who knows?
This is a challenging play which must be acted with the utmost commitment and which demands that each character is fully realised. There is some flexibility over ages, but it is essential that the ages match and are believable.
Juliet Feisty, strong personality. Says and does the first thing that comes into her head. 20s – late 30s.
Alex Oddball, strength less obvious maybe - OCD? 20s – late 30s
Leo Ex-rugby player affable, likeable, warms to Alex. 30s – early 40s
Amanda Young, pretty, smartly dressed. Presents as a career woman. 20s