What could be more unsurprising than a suburban AmDram company staging a Jane Austen adaptation? But the ambitions and neuroses of the members of Pogchurch Valley Amateur Dramatic Society come to a perilous and uproarious climax in the white heat of the rehearsal process for their production of Northanger Abbey.
A comedy of modern manners – a Stepping Out for the twenty first century – Amateur Rites requires a cast of nine actors, three men and six women. Published by Stagescripts, It’s had various successful productions across the UK, largely by amateur companies, appropriately enough.
Tim Luscombe easily draws each of the characters out of the page - they're all people we've met, or people that we've acted with, which makes their attitudes and actions so much more personal and poignant.