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The Private Secretary by Charles Hawtrey

8 August 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Douglas Cattermole is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary problem. His aunt is paying his way through Uni on the requirement that he is misspending his youth and sowing his wild oats. The only problem is, he hasn’t sown any!  When his aunt, who was safely tucked away in Malaya, decides to come and check up on him, he legs it to the country house of a friend, disguised as a private secretary. When his aunt and the real private secretary show up, and he inadvertently falls in love, the stage is set for a comedy of manners combined with a comedy of errors!

The play is set in England in the swinging 60s.

Character Descriptions

Douglas Cattermole        Male      20s
Student at university, quiet. Gets taken out of his comfort zone and panics. Upper class English accent. Strong physical humour.

Mrs Stead                      Female  40+
Douglas’ landlady. Protective of Douglas. Cockney accent.

Sydney Gibson               Male      40+
A tailor who aspires to greater things. Very flashy and flamboyant, but also manipulative. Fake upper-class accent, revealed to be cockney under pressure. Drunk acting required.

Harry Marsland               Male      40+
Douglas’ friend, a hell raiser and thorough bad influence. Upper class English accent.

Mr Spalding                    Male      20s
Douglas’ friend, a hell raiser and thorough bad influence. Upper class English accent.

Mrs Cattermole               Female   40+
Loud, rude, pushy and arrogant. Has spent the last 20 years on a plantation in Malaya ordering servants around. Upper class English accent.

Miss Ashford                   Female   40+
Mrs Marsland’s chief cook and bottle washer. Very prim and proper when working, but outside this becomes a man-hungry hippie chick. West Coast American accent.

Mrs Marsland                  Female   40+
Harry’s aunt, a very prim and proper English lady of the countryside. Upper class British accent.

Miss Edith                       Female   20s
Mrs Marsland’s daughter. Confident with the household but shy around strangers. Upper class English accent.

Miss Eva                         Female   20s
Edith’s friend. Shy and retiring, but has a rebellious streak. Upper class English accent.

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8 August 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Blackwood Memorial Hall
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Blackwood, SA 5051 Australia
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