Getting Through to Harry

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Getting Through to Harry

Getting Through to Harry

Philip Ayckbourn

Philip Ayckbourn

29 January - 5 February 2022

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Audition Info
Audition Thu 14 October 2021 7:30pm Foyer

Written and Directed by Philip Ayckbourn

Audition Date; Thursday 14 October, 7:30pm. Recalls Thursday 21 October, 7:30pm, both in the Lewes Little Theatre Foyer

Performance Dates; Saturday 29 January - Saturday 5 February 2022

The script is available at philipayckbourn.com.

When Harry Thomas attempts to make contact with his deceased wife Lottie, it opens up an unusual communication that brings him face to face with some bittersweet truths.

Is he as guilty as he thinks he is for her death? And is she as innocent as she appeared to be in the months that led up to the fatal coach crash in Corsica? Life – and the life beyond – has its complications and understanding and forgiveness is perhaps the answer. Lottie at last can speak, but is Harry, or their daughter Macie, ready to listen? And how far will Lottie go – or indeed is she able to go – to get through to them? A touching, intriguing and often times humorous new play by the Lewes based playwright Philip Ayckbourn and his fourth to have its premiere at Lewes Little Theatre.

Characters on stage

Harry Thomas – playing age: late forties. Brooding, dishevelled, withdrawn. Needs a communication with his dead wife and living daughter.

Macie Thomas – playing age: fifteen. Harry and Lottie’s daughter. Feisty, but wounded. Battling with her anger and her blaming of Harry. Yvonne Lewis – playing age: forties. Sympathetic and kind. Wants to connect with Harry and continue their relationship and to reconcile things with Macie.

Characters on film

Lottie Thomas – playing age: forties. Harry’s late wife appearing on screen. Kind, forgiving and often cheekily humorous. Needs to make a connection with Harry and Macie. Divina Robbins – playing age: flexible. Psychic medium. Down to earth and sympathetic and is at ease with the spirits around her.

Characters with voice-over

Bob – playing age: late forties. Harry’s long suffering and somewhat tragic friend.

Nan – playing age: sixties. Lottie’s mum and on Harry’s case.

Felicity Williams – playing age: flexible. Chasing up Harry from his bank. Psychic Celine – playing age: flexible. Phone a psychic. Affected and polished.

Mika – playing age: flexible. Another phone a psychic. Of questionable Eastern European origin.