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AUTUMN 2024 PRODUCTION

Script reading
Wednesday 12th June at 7pm
Auditions
Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm &
Sunday 23rd June at 2.00pm

All in the Village Hall 

Our autumn production this year will be The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers. It’s a classic Lord Peter Wimsey murder mystery and it’s never been performed on the stage before, for the simple reason that no one has ever adapted it - until now.

A few years ago, we got in touch with the trustees of the Dorothy L. Sayers’ estate to see if we could get permission to adapt it. After much correspondence with the trustees of the estate and their agents - not forgetting COVID - they gave their approval and we recently signed the contract. The script is written and ready to go.
 
Without giving too much away, the story is set in a village in the Fens in the late 1920s. There’s a robbery, a mutilated and unidentifiable corpse and, like in Ewhurst, a rich cast of characters, many of whom are hiding a secret or two. There's also some atrocious weather to contend with - and some bell ringing.

We hope that many of you will want to get involved. It is, after all, going to be a world premiere and it is our 50th birthday year! There are large and small parts for both men and women and we anticipate some actors will be playing multiple roles. Some characters only appear in a couple of ensemble scenes, so rehearsal commitments will be quite small for them.

Of course, the central character is Lord Peter Wimsey. He's an aristocratic amateur detective and the hero of many of Dorothy Sayers' novels. (He's her equivalent of Agatha Christie's Poirot.) It's a large part with a lot of lines (sorry), but it’ll be a fantastic opportunity for someone to originate the character on the stage and stamp their personality on one of literature’s greatest detectives. We hope someone out there is up for the challenge.

The performance dates will be 30 October - 2 November 2024. See above for dates of the read-through and the auditions. If you have any questions, please contact chairman@ewhurstplayers.com.

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