Humble Boy – Open Meeting / Readthrough / Audition

‘Humble Boy’ – 20-23rd February 2019

In 2019 Fetcham Players return with the wonderful play, ‘Humble Boy’, by Charlotte Jones. It’s a beautiful piece and absolutely ideal for Fetcham Players – a small intimate cast with scope for a magnificent set! ‘Humble Boy’ is set in an English country garden, and is loosely based on the story of ‘Hamlet’. Felix Humble is drawn back to his family home after the death of his father, a biology teacher and amateur beekeeper. There in the garden he finds his waspish mother Flora, her downtrodden friend Mercy and suspiciously ever-present local businessman George Pye, whose daughter Rosie was once involved with Felix. A luncheon is arranged…

The play is wickedly funny, dark and poignant – It premiered at the National Theatre in 2001, directed by John Caird, with the leads played by Simon Russell Beale and Diana Rigg, and also featuring Cathryn Bradshaw, Denis Quilley, Marcia Warren and William Gaunt. It won the 2001 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and two 2001 Olivier Awards. It also had a successful run recently at the Orange Tree Theatre.

The auditions will be taking place in early November and we would like to invite anyone who fancies it to turn up to the open meeting/audition/readthrough at Fetcham Village Hall on Wednesday 7th November at 8pm. Rehearsals will then begin on the following Monday.

Character guide:

Felix Humble – A mid-30s theoretical astrophysicist from Cambridge. He is the main character and is noticeable for his nervous stutter. The ‘Hamlet’ of the piece.

Flora Humble – Beautiful and self-centred, Flora is the mother of Felix. Her need for absolute power contributes to problems in relationships with the people around her.

George Pye – Confident, well-built, modern, and a fan of big band music. George is 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. She is a nurse and also has a 7-year-old daughter that she believes to be Felix’s.

Jim – The gardener of the estate. He is an old man in his 60s. He is virtually ignored by everyone in the play until the end. He is the only person in whom Felix can truly confide.

Mercy Lott – Friend (although seemingly a slave) of Flora, she is kind but doesn’t seem to be all there. She has a secret crush on George Pye.

If anyone would like any further information, please email: damien.deroche@gmail.com