A first for Dick & Lottie
Written by Simon Murgatroyd
Alan Ayckbourn’s Roundelay in Huddersfield
The first amateur production of Alan Ayckbourn’s 2014 play Roundelay takes place this month in Huddersfield.
Dick & Lottie – the only amateur company in the UK dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn’s plays – will be tackling the play, which is notable for being different each night.
First seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2014, Roundelay consists of five short inter-related plays, the order of which are determined randomly by the audience each evening. This means there are a possible 120 permutations of the play!
Audience members are invited to draw five coloured balls just prior to each evening’s performance which determines the order of the plays, affecting how the audience perceive the characters, the events in their lives and their motivations.
This is a hugely ambitious undertaking by the company which is always determined to present the plays as the playwright intended – even if it means none of the actors will know who will be first on stage until 20 minutes before the show!
The production is directed by John Cotgrave and the company has now performed 30 of Alan Ayckbourn’s 81 plays since being formed in 2004.
The company features Mike Casey, John Cotgrave, Joe Geddes, Hannah Head, Richard McArtney, Tanya Phillips, Laura Roberts and Maria Sykes with music by Paul Chamberlain and set design by Richard McArtney.
Roundelay can be seen at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January at 7.15pm with a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are priced at £12 (£7 concessions).
The production will then tour to the New Wimbledon Theatre, London, from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February at 7.15pm. Bookings for and further details about Roundelay can be made via www.dickandlottie.com.
Alan Ayckbourn’s Official Website is the patron of Dick & Lottie and an article by Alan Ayckbourn’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd.