A bunch of Amateurs

By Nick Newman & Ian Hislop

Our final play of the season will be the hilariously entertaining A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! This play will be directed by Carole Bardsley who starred in All My Sons and was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the GMDF



Name Role
Carole Bardsley Director
Kevin Clarke Jefferson Steel
Kathryn Bland Dorothy Nettle
Paul Higginbottom Nigel Dewbury
Rebecca Saleem Mary Plunket
Gary Kennedy Dennis Dobbins
Lauren Downes Jessica Steel
Jenny Atherton Lauren Bell
Guest Player The Fool

Past Production

This show ran from 5th December 2019 - 5th December 2019.


Rossendale Players
69 Burnley Road East
Waterfoot, Lancashire

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