Audience (Frayn)

by  Michael Frayn

Short Play, Comedy  /  6m, 7f

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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Audience (Frayn)

by  Michael Frayn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

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Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: In the stalls (orchestra) of a West End theatre.  
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
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Casting

6m, 7f
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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Authors

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alph ...

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Audience was first presented in Colin Blakely, a Celebration, at the Lyric Theatre, London, on October 4, 1987. 

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