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Audience (Frayn) - Short Play, Comedy

Audience (Frayn)

Michael Frayn

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Short Play, Comedy

6m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573620683

This amusing satire about audiences by the author of Noises Off, Copenhagen and other acclaimed plays takes place in the stalls (orchestra) of a West End theatre.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - In the stalls (orchestra) of a West End theatre.  

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Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This amusing satire about audiences by the author of Noises Off, Copenhagen and other acclaimed plays takes place in the stalls (orchestra) of a West End theatre. The cast includes an usherette, audience members and a playwright in agony over crinkling candy wrappers, talking out loud, and inattention to his play. The characters in Michael Frayn's metatheatrical comedy are actually watching the audience, expecting them to perform, and comedy ensues as Frayn holds a mirror up to the audience and they see their our own foibles as audience members.
Audience was first presented in Colin Blakely, a Celebration, at the Lyric Theatre, London, on October 4, 1987. 
Characters

CASTING

6m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

THE USHERETTE — An Usherette who doesn't quite like her job and just tries to get it done with haste. 
JOAN — An elderly woman taken to see a show by her daughter Helena.
HELENA — A woman in her thirties or forties taking her mother Joan out to see a play. 
CHARLES — A very suave man who is taking his girlfriend Amanda out on a date to the theater. 
AMANDA — A very beautiful woman who is being taken on a date with her boy friend Charles to the theater while her husband is in Germany. 
QUENTIN — A man who enjoys going to the theater and only came to see this show in order to see this one actor he adores. 
LEE — Quinton's protégé, he is taking AP Drama and has to sit through a play with Quinton. 
MERRILL — A senile old man that cannot help but fall asleep all the time. 
BOBBIE — Merrill's elderly wife who spends most of her time and energy keeping her husband in line.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his writing career as a reporter at The Guardian and The Observer. His subsequent plays include Alphabetical Order, Clouds, Donkeys' Years, Make and Break, Benefactors, Democracy, and Afterlife, which was developed for the Royal National Theatre in 2008. Copenhagen, first staged at the National, won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of ... view full profile

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