‘The Darling Buds of May’ 27th – 29th June 2019

We’re thrilled to announce our June play for 2019 is ‘The Darling Buds of May’. Famous from the TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

A comedy set in the 1950’s in an idyllic rural setting in Kent “somewhere at the end of the rainbow. Pop Larkin who makes a fortune from various deals but has never paid any tax lives a blissful live with his big-hearted wife ‘Ma’ and their six children. When a young, earnest tax official turns up to investigate, he is bewitched by their eldest daughter Marietta and soon succumbs to the boisterous Larkin family charm.

On at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, 7:30pm on 27th and 2:30pm and 7:30pm 29th June 2019.

Tickets available online https://gladstonetheatre.org.uk/events/darling-buds-of-may/

There is quite a large cast including principle roles, children and supporting roles.

Characters and audition information:

Main Characters:

Pop Larkin. Fortyish.Has an air of boisterous, breezy, happy confidence in all he says and does. He is very likeable and warm-hearted, especially with his family and friends. He is an irrepressible, infectious spiv. Played on the TV by David Jason. This does not mean however the actor must try and copy him.

Ma Larkin. Ma is two yards wide. She is a bit younger than Pa. She is very motherly and loveable too. She is always calm. She loves cooking and looking after her family. She once was and still is, very handsome.

Mariette. 17 years old. The eldest of the Larkin children. She is very pretty and has ‘a fine figure.’ She has the same laid back attitude to life as her parents. This is the role that launched the career of Catherine Zita-Jones.

The other Larkin Children

They are in and around for a large part of the play, although there are not lots of lines, the children are an important part of the action and the play. They are as follows;

Montgomery, 15. Primrose, 13. Petunia and Zinnia,11. Victoria,9

Mr Charlton. “Charley”  He is a junior tax inspector. The first description of him is; “about twenty- four, spectacles, pale face, trilby-hat, earnest and rather shy.” During the play he comes out of his shell and ends up staying with the Larkins.

Supporting Characters

All are good character parts and have decent amounts of lines. * Means they are in Act 2 only.

Tax Inspector. Is Charley’s boss. He is tall, middle aged and smartly dressed. Needs to be older than Charley, but age can be flexible.

The Brigadier. He is sixtyish, tall, straight as straw. He speaks in cryptic tones that are not without humour. His suit is crumpled and ill-fitting and it’s shrunk in the wash. He wears socks that do not match.

Edith Pilchester. * She is about forty five, sallow, heavy featured, rather hearty. She is well spoken and has a crush on Pop.

Pauline Jackson. * She is a big, well made, sunburnt blonde of nineteen.

Angela Snow. * She is tall, aristocratic, very fair and with a figure like a reed. She is a cool, languid and attractive creature. Her voice drawls delightfully.

Sir George Bluff-Gore. * He is cadaverous, humourless and funereal.

Lady Bluff-Gore * His wife. Lady of the manor type.

Auditions are on Tuesday 26th February at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight at 7pm (please come in bar entrance round the back).

If you would like to audition we would love to see you at the auditions ☺️

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