Hollywood star’s ‘monstrous ego, vanity and insecurities’ laid bare by Octopus Drama Group

THORNBURY’S Octopus Drama Group are putting the finishing touches on their latest production, which will be performed in the town next week.

A Bunch of Amateurs, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, tells the story of a fading Hollywood star who arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford, only to find that he is performing not in the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy West Country town.

He is also horrified to find that his fellow actors are a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. 

As acting worlds collide Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and many insecurities are put to the test. He discovers some unpalatable truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

This hilarious script, written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, is a gift for any amateur group, struggling or otherwise!  Ian Hislop’s acerbic wit is in evidence throughout. 

Octopus are delighted to welcome Abi McManus into our fold.  As director of the play, she is already adding a huge amount of fun to the rehearsals and as an ex drama teacher her ingenuity knows no bounds. This new, all encompassing, production will have you rolling in the aisles!

Tickets for A Bunch of Amateurs are on sale from Rosie and Rex Gift Shop on Thornbury High Street, priced £8 each.

Performances take place at Christ the King Church Hall, Castle Street, Thornbury from June 14 to 17 at 7.30pm.

This is an adults-only production.

Jenny Dennis