The Anglo Cypriot Theatre (ACT) will have audiences rolling in the aisles once more with a comedy performance of A Bunch of Amateurs at the Satiriko Theatre in Nicosia.
A Bunch of Amateurs, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, and directed by David Dimitriou, focuses on washed-up Hollywood actor Jefferson Steele as he leaves behind the bright lights of Tinsel Town and heads to England, where he will play King Lear in Stratford. A move that will, he believes, get him rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the business.
But all that glitters is not gold, and instead of the Stratford that gave us Shakespeare, Steele finds himself in a Suffolk village, and instead of being in the presence of Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from closure.
Now with his grip on a career that is deteriorating fast, and the village crowd clearly in awe of his acting abilities and stature, Steele’s vanity and self-doubt are tested. He shows a lack of manners, an appalling lack of class and considers himself a massive fish in a small pond. But no matter how big he believes he is, the truth is his talent equals that of these so-called amateurs.
A Bunch of Amateurs
Performance of the comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman by the Anglo Cypriot Theatre. March 16-17 and 23-24. Satiriko Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €14 single or €25 for two. In English. Tel: 99-168638