AUDITION: Love Begins at 50


Directed by: Alison Gibson / Assistant Director: Sue Hasey


Performance Dates: 17th September to 2nd October 2021


A farcical comedy in two acts. 

Anita and Clive Debanks have been married for 28 years and have led an uneventful life. But all that is about to change. Although in a loveless marriage, Clive has never been unfaithful. However, as preparations for his fiftieth birthday are underway, Clive feels that life is passing him by and has a yearning for one last fling.

To this end, he chooses three prospective partners from the ‘lonely Hearts’ column in the local paper. By a strange twist of fate, the same paper is offering a Caribbean cruise, as the first prize, in a competition to find the perfect married couple. Anita enters the competition but keeps it a secret form Clive.

A photographer arrives to take pictures of the happy couple the night Anita is away, and Clive is busy at home, entertaining one of his new dates. From that point onwards, things get a little complicated, to say the least. 

An amateur production by arrangement with Pinsley Plays written by Raymond Hopkins. 

CAST OF CHARACTERS (stage ages are open to interpretation)

Anita Debanks – Female 45-55: Anita is about fifty-two.  Well educated.  Feels that she has married beneath herself, and consequently, treats her husband with contempt.  She has immaculate dress sense. 

Clive Debanks – Male 45-55: Clive is Anita’s husband. He is about forty-nine.  A romantic, who has been starved of love and affection by his wife.  Happy to let the world go by.  Very easy going but does not have much dress sense. 

Jack Reynolds – Male 45-55: Jack is a lifelong friend of Clive.  He is about forty-eight.  He is a confirmed bachelor, who likes female company, without any commitment.  Down to earth and lives for today.  Jack is full of charisma.

Claire Murphy – Female 45-55: Claire is a lifelong friend of Anita.  She is about fifty-three, slightly overweight with a poor dress sense.  She has a habit of misinterpreting a situation and will often say the wrong thing. 

Tracy Barton – Female 20-25: Tracy is about twenty-three and has a lot of her mother’s traits, although she does have a compassionate side to her nature.  Tracy likes keeping up with her modern fashion and makes the best of her appearances.  Tracy lives on an emotional roller coaster.  

Annabel Wickson – Female 25-35: Annabel is slim and very attractive.  She has a good dress sense but not very intelligent.  She can be very outspoken and is searching for some fun in her life. 

Mavis Leggett – Female 50-65: Mavis is about sixty-five.  She gives the appearance of being slightly doddery but is always able to hold her own.  Mavis is eccentric and dresses in quirky clothes. 

Emily Roberts – Female 35-45: Emily is very attractive with a good figure.  She comes from a poor background and has never married.  She is very kind and considerate, but painfully shy. 

Henry Clarke – Male 30-40:  A cockney with a lot of chatter.  Happy-go-lucky attitude to life.  A flash dresser. 


Starts On

20/05/2024 - 12:00 am

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Rockingham Castle Theatre

8 Attwood Way
Western Australia

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