North West Theatre Company to read ‘Hotel Sorrento’

October 7, 2015

The North West Theatre Company, fresh from their successful production of ‘Lipstick Dreams’, will be conducting the next of their regular play readings on Sunday, October 18, in the Roxy Conference room at 4pm.

These readings offer a chance for NWTC established, and aspiring, actors to get together and read a play which may, or may not, prove to be suitable for a potential future production. The readings are organized by one of NWTC’s favourite performers, Lee Loudon.

Lee’s selections are always entertaining and interesting.

The play selected for October 18 is one of Australia’s most successful and much-loved works, ‘Hotel Sorrento’, by prolific playwright Hannie Rayson – the author of 14 well known plays such as ‘Life After George’.

Rayson wrote ‘Hotel Sorrento’ in 1990, and it has been performed many times both in mainstream and regional theatre. It was adapted as a film in 1995, and did very well at the box office in Australia.

‘Hotel Sorrento’ tells the story of three sisters who are reunited after 10 years of living very different lives.

Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento with her father and 16 year old son, Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg returns from England with her English husband.

The three women again feel the constraints of family life through Meg’s semi-autobiographical novel, recently shortlisted for the Booker prize. This sets the scene for a less than perfect homecoming.

Drama critic at ‘The Australian’, Peter Craven, said ‘the play begins as a comedy about identity and develops into a drama of great poignancy and reverberation.’

The NWTC welcomes anyone interested in theatre to attend.

In the past, these play readings have encouraged a number of people to audition for plays – but even if you don’t want to be in a show its really enjoyable reading a play with others.

‘Hotel Sorrento’ has a cast of eight four men and four women. All are welcome to come along and have a go. The reading begins at 4pm.