The nights are long and the days are cold – it’s the time of year when Arkle Theatre gathers to remember the year just gone and look to the plays ahead.
And what a turn out there was in Casa Mackean this year! Actors, audience, directors, prompts, and technicians all came together to congratulate one another on a fantastic year of theatre and to find out what’s in store in 2024.
Performances: 24th – 27th April
Cyrano de Bergerac adapted by Glyn Maxwell,
directed by Phil Barnes
Comedy / 7f, 5m
Swordsman, Philosopher, Poet, Raconteur Cyrano de Bergerac is all these things, but none of them makes him happy. What he desires above all is the love of the beautiful Roxane. But his problem is as plain as the nose on his face. Surely he is too ugly ever to be loved?
Auditions for Cyrano de Bergerac will be announced shortly and will take place in early January 2024.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024
Performances: 12th – 17th August
Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Laura Eason,
directed by Jenny Tamplin
Drama / 3f, 5m, doubling
The fabulously wealthy Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Along with his hapless valet Passepartout, he sets out on a dazzling escapade that takes him from the misty alleys of London to the exotic subcontinent and on to the Wild West as they race against the clock on a dizzying succession of trains, steamers, a wind-propelled sledge and an elephant.
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel,
directed by Hannah Fitzpatrick
Drama / Ages 20 – 70
Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive is a Lolita-like tale of female sexual awakening under the watchful eye – and hands – of a largely sympathetic ‘uncle’. It was premiered off-Broadway in March 1997, and went on to win the 1998 Pulitzer Prize.
2024 will be Arkle Theatre’s penultimate season, and what it year it is shaping up to be! Make sure to keep an eye on the website and Arkle Facebook page for audition news and updates.
Have a wonderful Christmas, and we’ll see you in the New Year!