Set in a typical English village - and easily staged with minimal props and scenery - ‘Rude Awakenings’ is a charming comedy which mixes both broad and subtle humour with truthful insights into the pain and pathos that can sometimes lie beneath the surface of village life.
A perfect one-act play for local drama groups, ‘Rude Awakenings’ has four strong and very different female parts: Pauline, the bossy but vulnerable local organiser of the Little Gissing Art Group; Astrid, Pauline’s apparently shy young lodger who in fact has a disreputable past and looks set to enjoy an adventurous future; Harriet, Pauline’s old school friend who disguises her wit, wisdom and personal tragedy by seeming much sillier than she is; and Olivia, the sophisticated owner of a London gallery, who has travelled the world and knows all about art but still has a great deal to discover about life.
Everything normally runs so smoothly at the Little Gissing Art Group’s ‘Annual Exhibition and Competition’ in the Village Hall but this year it’s all going wrong. There are mishaps, misunderstandings, all sorts of complications and some really very shocking revelations!
♦ The Helens Bay Players
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