COMIC POTENTIAL  

                                    NOVEMBER 2013

CAST

JCF 31333 (JACIE TRIPPLETHREE)

ADAM TRAINSMITH

CHANDLER TATE

PRIM SPRING

CARLA PEPPERBLOOM

LESTER TRAINSMITH

 

TRUDI FLOOTE

WAITRESS

 

MARMION

SON

WAITER

 

DOCTOR

FARMER

 

MOTHER

FARMER'S WIFE

DRESS SHOP ASSISTANT

 

HOTEL CLERK

WOMAN IN DRESS SHOP

PROSTITUTE

 

MAN IN DRESS SHOP

TURKEY THE PIMP

TECHNICIAN

 

SUSANNAH BEST

KYLE YOUNG

TREVOR TALBOT

FRANCINE GARDNER

TERRESSA WILKINS

RICHARD RICKSON

 

GABRIELLA ALSEBEN

 

 

JACK WOOLF

 

 

 

VINCE BENNET

 

 

ISABEL  TRAFFORD

 

 

 

GLYNIS WATSON

 

 

 

GRAHAM JOHNSON

DIRECTED BY STUART MITCHELL-SMITH

ABOUT THE PLAY

The show has been described by some as Pygmalion meets Blade runner. I think that’s a very apt description. As Henry Higgins found a flower girl to pass off as a Lady, Adam finds a machine to pass off as a comic actress. However its not –exactly- the same story, it’s one of its numerous themes. you may even find some of the lines a subtle nod to that particular theme. There are other themes  in the play, the central theme is that of the Character of Jacie ,who goes from child like machine innocence to fully developed and very human adult, shaped by those she meets along the way. At its clockwork heart is a love letter to comedy. Ayckbourn said he often wondered why people in lonely hearts columns were looking for people with a GSOH ((good sense of humor)) and that he wrote the play as a “Potential” answer to that question. The play though written in 1998 also makes potent social commentary about timeless issues, Machinery replacing the workforce, the general dumbing down of popular entertainment and of course the eternal struggle between the artist and the accountant.

 

STUART MITCHELL-SMITH.

DIRECTOR "Comic Potential"