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Saturday 26th August 1.30pm

Directed by: Janine Francis

Season: NOV 4 – NOV 25 2017

Genre: Farce - is a teamwork effort and is quite difficult to do well. Timing is everything. The actors must be dynamic and precise in their delivery with a belief that the situation is real.



URSULA WESTERBY – She is in her forties, attractive & organised.

JUDY WESTERBY – She is about 20 and attractive.

DR GERALD DRIMMOND – He is in his late sixty’s. There are still signs of his perfect bedside manner but he’s now somewhat vague and a little deaf.

DAPHNE DRIMMOND – She is in her late sixties, forceful and very much in command of all her faculties.

TIMMOTHY WESTERBY – He is in his forties, Handsome, slightly neurotic. Sings & dances (20’s Era)

BILL SHORTER – He is handsome and rakish in his late forties.

POLLY PERKINS – She is about 22, extrovert, very kooky and attractive. Sings & dances (20’s Era)

CHARLES BABCOCK – He is a large bronzed man in his fifties, and speaks with a strong Australian accent.

Note: Playwrights description of characters. Ages are only a guide. All cast apart from Babcock have an upper British accent.



The linchpin role belongs to Timothy Westerby; he’s the focus of all the confusion and is on stage for most of the play.

In the second act, moreover, he has a couple of Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire dancing scenes with Polly… so both need to be able to sing and dance.

 The Westerby female family members are Ursula (the mother), Judy (the daughter), and Daphne Drimmond (the grandmother). I am hoping with good casting that it is easy to imagine these three are related to one another.

The cast is ably rounded off by Bill Shorter, in a supporting role as Timothy’s business partner, and, in the second act, the Australian father of the groom Charles Babcock.

The absolute delight in this play is Dr. Gerald Drimmond, (grandfather of the bride). He is confused, somewhat deaf, and possibly mildly senile. As such, his role of course serves to increase the already considerable confusion.



Timothy Westerby is an advertising executive under considerable stress to launch an important ad campaign for a bra manufacturer; this in addition to the stress of his daughter’s expensive wedding. 

It is the morning of the wedding. He arrives home from the florist with a cardboard cut-out of a 1920’s flapper which he intends to use in the ad campaign. An accident in which he hits his head results in him imagining that the cut-out is a real girl going by the name of Polly Perkins, who in turn wants to seduce him.

Unfortunately, only Timothy can see and hear her. The end result is that the other characters slowly become convinced that the strain of both work and the wedding have sent Timothy over the edge.

Adding to the confusion is the addled grandfather; the daughter distraught that her father will not likely walk her down the aisle (and who disappears in tears to her room several times, thus the title of the play); and a series of phone calls with Charles Babcock, the Australian father of the groom, in which all sorts of inappropriate things are said and false promises are made both on the phone and in person.

So, when Timothy hits his head a second time, whoever thinks that Polly will now disappear into thin air is badly mistaken there is worse to come…

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No prepared piece required --

Audition will be held at the Chelmer Community Centre, Cnr. Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets, Chelmer

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