Reps to stage The Drawer Boy

REPS Theatre’s first dramatic production for 2006 will run from May 4 to 13, when The Drawer Boy is staged in Theatre Upstairs.

The play is being directed by Graham Crutchley, recent co-winner of the Oude Meester Award of Excellence for his 2005 production of Proof,

which also ran in Theatre Upstairs. It has a cast of three — David Smith, Mike Blackburn and Warwick Broad — and is set in 1970s rural Canada, where two Second World War veterans living on a farm have their ordered lives thrown into disarray by the arrival of a young newcomer.

Described as a drama with comedy touches, the play was highly acclaimed internationally when it was first produced in 2001 and is well-suited to the intimate atmosphere of Theatre Upstairs, which seats only 60 patrons.

The production has a short run of only eight performances.

“This play will have appeal to lovers of serious theatre and I am confident our three actors will do full justice to its splendid script,” said Crutchley.

Smith recently won an award for various performances at Reps during 2005, including Proof, Broadway Hits and Musical Bits and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾.

Blackburn is best known for his work behind the scenes in Reps productions and this will be his dramatic debut. Broad will be making his Reps debut.

Meanwhile, auditions for a planned production of the Tennessee Williams classic play A Streetcar Named Desire will take place at Reps Theatre this weekend and suitable actors and actresses are being encouraged to take part.

The audition will be at 10am on Sunday in the George Barnes Room in the theatre complex. The play will be staged in June and will be directed by one of Zimbabwe’s leading theatrical and entertainment personalities, Rory Kilalea.

Most of the cast is aged between mid-20s and mid-30s, but Kilalea is happy to look outside these age distinctions, especially for good performers.

A cast of about a dozen characters is being assembled for the production, scheduled to run on the Reps main stage from June 8 to 17. — Own Correpsondent.