From Here to the Library & Too Long an Autumn - Reading and Audition Notice
Reading: Sunday 16th October 2016, 6.00 pm (Yardley Room, Hampton Hill Theatre)
Audition: Sunday 23rd October 2016, 6.00 pm (Coward Suite, Hampton Hill Theatre)
Performance Dates: Sunday 26th February – Saturday 4th March 2017 (Coward Studio)
A Double Chinn
A studio production of two of Jimmie Chinn’s plays: From Here to the Library and Too Long an Autumn
Director: Ken Mason
This renowned playwright with a style similar to Alan Bennett had about twenty plays published which are being performed here and in many other countries.
Jimmie Chinn was also a member of TTC. Born in Lancashire, he came to London, trained as an actor at RADA and worked in many aspects of theatre. He later trained as a teacher and obtained an honours degree in English and Drama. Then in 1984 decided to take the plunge as a full-time playwright and became very successful with one-act plays, full length plays in the West End and writing for ‘soaps’.
Another member of TTC, Jerry Jones, a play director at the BBC gave him initial encouragement and produced his first play for the radio – “From Here to the Library”
Jimmie premiered many of his plays at TTC, ran workshops, and wrote for us when we tried our hand at producing original “radio” plays ourselves. We called it “TTC Audio” and produced one full length and one short play of his. This was all in the days of tape machines, but they are still around in CD format. He also wrote TTC’s Gala Production “The Garden Party” for the opening of this theatre in 1999.
He was diagnosed with COPD and died on 29th January 2011 and these two of his early plays are as a tribute to one of TTC’s celebrated members.
From Here to the Library is set in the 1980’s, where Beryl, who works in a library in the north of England and whose life is dominated by a grumpy father is off work and, unexpectedly, visited by her chief librarian, newly arrived in the area from the London home counties. This story is typical of Jimmie Chinn’s gentle comedies.
Beryl Tidy: late 20’s - 30’s
Mr Gostilow: 30’s to 40’s
Dad: 60 ish
Too Long an Autumn is also set in the 1980’s. ‘Long Autumn’ is a home for retired theatricals, but the play takes place mainly in Time and Space.
Maisie May: Elderly but sprightly – ex singer, dancer; bit of a swinger in her day.
Arnold Windrush: Maisie’s son – completely un-theatrical – easily embarrassed.
Ursular Windrush: Maisie’s daughter-in-law – thinks a retirement home the best place for the old biddy.
Miss Tate: Enthusiastic about ‘Long Autumn’ and its ‘famous’ residents. She’s in charge.
Dora Coxall: Maisie’s theatrical friend.
Chris: Whole hearted theatre manager – wanting Maisie to do one more tour before ‘going in’ to the west end – a charmer.
Dad: Maisie’s father as a younger man. (Perhaps a voice-over)
p.s. ages will be flexible.
If you would like to look at copies of the plays, please feel free to contact me.
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