A Daughter’s A Daughter

A Daughter’s A Daughter

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Colleen Batson

Performance Dates: 9th – 13th April 2019

This production is Beckenham Theatre’s 2019 entry into both the Bromley Theatre Guild Festival and the Kent Drama Association Festival, with adjudication nights on Thursday, 11th April and Wednesday 10th April respectively.

The love between a mother and daughter turns to jealousy and bitterness in this intense and personal drama.

Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Caulfield and hopes for a new life and happiness. Only her daughter, Sarah, takes an instant jealous dislike to him. Resentment slowly corrodes their relationship as each seeks comfort in the formidable and knowing Dame Laura Whitstable who remarks, “the trouble with sacrifice is that once it’s made it’s not over and done with.”

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. – Agatha Christie.

The play, whose writing predates that of the novel of the same name, premiered on 9th July 1956, at the Theatre Royal, Bath. It was billed under the name Westmacott – the pseudonym under which Christie also wrote 6 semi-autobiographical novels exploring human psychology in greater depth and offering a fascinating insight into Christie’s relationships with her family. Her daughter Rosalind Hicks describes the books as “bitter-sweet stories about love”.

Cast

  • Edith: Clare Spencer
  • Ann Prentice: Siobhan Gee
  • Richard Cauldfield: Chris Raven
  • Dame Laura Whitstable: Fleur Buckley
  • Sarah Prentice: Lucy Camacho
  • Jerry Lloyd: Jacob McCloskey
  • Lawrence Steen: tbc
  • Basil Mowbray: James Riley
  • Doris Cauldfield: Alice Foster

We are still looking for an actor to play the role of Lawrence Steen. Description of his character is as follows:

  • Lawrence Steen: Sarah’s boyfriend, thirties, old money, not safe for nice girls, already married three times, in process of divorcing but thinks that Sarah should be his next wife. He is teaching Sarah things. (Supporting)

If you fit this description and are interested in joining the cast of A Daughter’s A Daughter, then please contact the director, Colleen Batson, on batsonca@gmail.com.

Auditions pieces can be download here.

See schedule which indicates how many pages each role has A Daughter’s A Daughter pages per role

The Read-Through and Rehearsals start on Sunday, 24th February 2019. You must be able to attend all performances to be considered.

Festival Rules & Guidelines

As this play is part of the Kent Drama Festival, you do need to read the rules to ensure that you can take part. The most important thing is that you must have amateur status, which is defined as:
“amateur” is a person who has not worked as a professional director or as a professional actor or actress (other than in a non-speaking role) during the three years immediately prior to the production.

http://www.kentdrama.org.uk/d_FL19_Rules.pdf

Bromley Theatre Guild Festival Rules & Guidance:

http://bromleytheatreguild.org/index.php/play-festival