Rattle of a Simple Man, by Charles Dyer
Sunday 20th November, 7pm
Director: Harry Atkinson
Production dates: 21st - 25th February 2017
Rehearsals: commencing 9th January (Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays)
For more information and audition pieces, please contact Harry: email@example.com or 07766 405959
Rattle of a Simple Man was a smash hit comedy in the early 1960s, and the bar of The Little is the ideal place to stage this play, because the audience will be right there in the room with the characters.
The play explores the relationship between the two main protagonists, Cyrene, a London streetwalker and Percy, a rather naïve and out of his time football fanatic. The third character is Ricard, Cyrene’s brother who visits with the object of “reclaiming” her and bringing her back into the family. His attempt goes very wrong.
Cyrene does not present as a tart, unless you knew; on seeing her you would think she was just an ordinary girl. As the play unfolds, we see she has created layers of protection around herself and we learn that she has a dark past, which stems from her early family history. The face she presents to the world is not the inner Cyrene.
Percy, too, is a complex character who carries the burden of the past with him. He presents as a lonely, immature, rather sad person who appears to have little in his life, other than football. But again, as the play unfolds, we find that Percy is a sensitive, intelligent person, with a lot more to him than meets the eye.
Ricard is a rather brash, shallow, person who probably does love Cyrene and is genuine in his attempt to get her back into the family. His visit, though, reveals the darker side of the family Cyrene fled from.
They play is very much character, rather than plot driven, and the humour stems from the conflict between the two main protagonists; the one, a bit world weary and knowing, and the other rather much the innocent abroad.
Although there is a good deal of sexual tension in the play (much of the comedy originates from this) the two hardly even kiss. The actor playing Cyrene will have to change several times, but this does not have to be done in front of the audience and there is no real physical contact between the two.
Cyrene: a London street walker (20s – early 30s)
Percy: a virgin and takes up with Cyrene for a bet (Late 30s early 50s)
Ricard: Cyrene’s elder brother (Late 30s early 40s.)