Audition: Wednesday 11 January 2012 7.30pm at the Oakwood Centre Woodley
Performances: 24-28 April 2012
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones, was first presented in August 2001 at the National Theatre, with
Simon Russell Beale and Diana Rigg and it won
- the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play,
- the Susan Smith Blackburn Award , for Women's writing of outstanding quality
- the People's Choice Best New Play Award
- plus two Olivier Awards (for Marcia Warren as Mercy Lott; and Best Set Design)
Humble Boy then went to the West End, New York, Ontario, BBC Radio 4 etc where all good plays go.
This is a seriously rich, multi-layered, warm, sad, very funny, intelligent and emotionally satisfying play. I
heard it on Radio 4 and wept at the end.
The set is a gorgeous country garden in midsummer, and each character is fully rounded and ready to
inhabit. The cast ages are as always negotiable, I'd like a harmonious team effort like the last one above all.
Felix Humble: A mid-30s theoretical astrophysicist from Cambridge. The main character, described as overweight but not unattractive. Very intelligent but socially inept at times, when threatened he stutters and retreats into academic considerations.
Mercy Lott: In her late fifties, petite, timid, mousey. Spinsterish 'friend of the family' who invites herself around and help, she is kind but scared of Flora when she gets 'in a mood'. She has a secret crush on George Pye. Superb supporting character part.
Flora Humble: Beautiful and self-centered, in her late fifties, looks young for her age. Flora is the mother of Felix and her need for absolute power contributes to problems in relationships with the people around her. Has a viperish tongue at times.
George Pye: Confident verging on coarse at times, brash, beefy, and in his early sixties, a flash dancer to big band music. The complete opposite of James Humble, the deceased father of Felix. He plans to marry Flora.
Rosie Pye: Daughter of George and former girlfriend of Felix. In her early thirties, striking rather than pretty. She is a nurse and has a 7 year old daughter that she believes to be Felix's.
Jim: The gardener, in his sixties, thoughtful, quiet, even absent-minded, with a gentle sense of humour. He is the only person in which Felix can truly confide.
The initial audition will be held on 11th January at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley at 7.45, and the production dates are April 24th to 28th 2012.
Please contact me on 07788 695840 with any queries.