Rope

Richmond Players is proud to present ‘Rope’ for our first show in 2018.

Written by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Kylie Lowe

PERFORMANCES

Saturday 12, 19 and 26 May (matinee and evening) 

AUDITIONS

Monday 5 February, 7.30 pm
Richmond School of Arts

See below for the cast of characters. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact the director, Kylie Lowe, mystique51@yahoo.com for an information pack.

REHEARSALS

Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30 pm from Monday 12 February

ABOUT THE SHOW

On a night not unlike any other night, Brandon and Granillo commit murder. They kill a fellow classmate in college for the simple sport of it. What do you do to top a murder? Why, you stuff the poor boy’s body into a chest in the middle of the room and you invite friends over for a dinner served off that very chest. And for good measure you invite the boy’s father, over, too, and give him a present of some dry old books.

That is the beginning of the terrible and entertaining story of Rope.
One of the friends invited over is Rupert. He is slightly older and more sophisticated than the others. He is a philosopher and poet and has been the well-spring of thought for the boys. It is upon Rupert that the truth behind the secret of the chest in the middle of the room begins to dawn.

He slowly unravels the mystery and in the process unravels his own dark side to understand that he has erred so terribly. He makes a last great decision that comes as an absolution of his soul and in the end brings justice to the motions of the day.

Setting:

1920s London (English accent not essential)

Cast:

Wyndham Brandon (M): late teens to mid 20s
Wyndham is plainly very well-off. He is almost paternal with everyone he addresses, and this seems to arise from an instinctive knowledge of his own good health, good looks, success and natural calm. However, this brings him at moments to an air of vague priggishness and self-approbation.

Charles Granillo (M): late teens to mid 20s
Granillo is smaller than Wyndham and much less self-possessed. He is enormously courteous—something between dancing-master and stage villain. He is more affected than Wyndham by what they have done to Ronald. This shows in his nervous movements and quieter demeanour.

Rupert Cadell (M): late 20s to late 40s
Rupert is slightly older and more sophisticated than the others. He is a philosopher and poet and has been the well-spring of thought for the boys. He has drunk from the stream of logic to the point that he has total disregard for other people. He has killed men in the Great War and he has himself gained a halted gait from wounds of that late conflict.

Kenneth Raglan (M): late teens to mid 20s
Raglan is very young, shy, foolish and good. He has no idea whatever. His pathetic ideal, in his bearing before the world, is sophistication. In the presence of Granillo and Brandon he is merely tentative and hopeless.

Leila Arden (F): late teens to mid 20s
Leila, like Raglan, is young, good-looking and has no ideas. She also has the same tendency to conceal that deficiency with a show of sophistication. In this, she is perhaps more successful than Raglan. She has a fairly good stock of many-syllabled words that she brings out with rather comic emphasis, rolling her eyes the while, as though she doesn’t really mean what she is saying. In this way she never actually commits herself to any emotion or feeling, and might even be thought deep. But she is not.

Sir Johnstone Kentley (M): 50+
Sir Johnstone is a decidedly pleasant old gentleman, slightly bent, old for his years, slow moving, utterly harmless, gentle and a little listless. However, his listlessness and gentleness derive not alone from a natural kindliness, but also from the fact that he has been in a position of total authority throughout the greater part of his life, and has had no need to assert himself.

Mrs Debenham (F): 50+
Mrs Debenham is the sister of Sir Johnstone. She is tallish, plainly dressed and has been widowed long. She hardly ever opens her mouth—her sole means of expression being a sudden, broad, affable smirk. This she switches on, in a terrifying way, every now and again, but immediately relapses into the lost, miserable, absent-minded gloom that characterises her. She is, indeed, so completely a nonentity as to acquire considerable personality and distinction from the very fact.

Sabot (M or F): 40+
Sabot is an almost perfect servant—intelligent, alert and obedient, but not, perhaps, completely impersonal. Sabot has an air of being breathlessly anxious to apologise for something or anything. Sabot is married, quietly ambitious and industrious.

Ronald Raglan (M): young male
(very brief non-speaking role)

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