Betty Blue Eyes is a 2011 Cameron Macintosh musical comedy based on the 1984 film A Private Function and features music by George Stiles, with lyrics by Anthony Drewe. The book was written for the stage by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, adapted from Alan Bennett’s original screenplay.
Therry’s 2023 production is to be directed by David Sinclair, with musical director Rodney Hvrartin and choreographer Linda Lawson.
Belts are being tightened and the government is telling the country there’ll be fair shares for all if they survive Austerity Britain. Having won the war, Britain seems to be losing the peace. The country is staggering under rationing and unemployment. Having endured the coldest winter for decades, in the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
To get around food-rationing laws, Dr Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig named Betty for the big day and the very private function (a banquet) they plan. Egged on by his social-climbing wife, meek chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers steals the porker, but the couple must conceal it from bureaucratic inspector Morris Wormold.
This very British musical is full of eccentric characters, such as the odd couple, Gilbert and his wife Joyce – a nobody determined to be a somebody. Then there’s Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat. And Mother Dear – “She’s seventy four and ravenous”. Add a vibrant ensemble, plus a deliciously infectious, toe-tapping, retro contemporary score and the result is musical comedy gold.
‘I promise I’m telling no porky pies when I say that this delightful new musical with an irresistible pig as its star left me grunting and snorting with pleasure, and just occasionally snuffling with sentimental tears’. (The Daily Telegraph).
‘A nostalgic, big-hearted show cheerfully catapults everyone back to the almost forgotten world of well-made musical comedy.’ (Variety)
Yorkshire accent is required for most cast. We are looking for potential not perfection in regard to accent.
Roles for five principals (stage age 30-70) and a mixed chorus of 12-14 adults of various ages.
Please note the roles of Joyce Chilvers, Gilbert Chilvers and Mother Dear have already been cast with the actors who performed those roles in our 2022 production: Trish Hart, Jared Frost and Carolyn Adams.
Additional Auditions: Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 November. Please book a time keeping in mind that choreography auditions will be held in groups, so please allow at least an hour for your audition. Singing and acting auditions will be held individually (not in groups).
Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There will be some tap dancing, so if you have them, please bring your tap shoes. Not all cast will be required to tap dance. Please prepare a song of your choice for the musical part of your audition – and please bring the sheet music.
Rehearsals will commence on Sunday,19 March from 1-5 pm. From then, rehearsals will be Sundays at that time (except for 26 March and Easter Sunday) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm.
There will be no rehearsal on Anzac Day, Monday 25 April.
Membership inquiries: (Amanda) 8278 1818
General inquiries: (Jill) 8277 2778
Post: PO Box 2148 Hilton Plaza, SA 5033
Bookings and ticketing inquiries
(Lorraine – Mon to Fri, 10 am to 5 pm): Ph: 0411 924 566
From the Monday before preview, 0411 924 566 from noon until late.
Or booking 24/7 through: trybooking.com (use links above)