AUTUMN DOZE by Tom Kelly


Margaret, Irene and Ruby are three elderly entertainers living in the ‘Autumn Doze’ Residential Home. They begin to rehearse to stage a tour but a few skeletons rattle out of the cupboard before their show gets on the road.

The play takes place over one evening.

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Margaret     More timid and circumspect than the others. She senses conflict and tries to avoid it. She still demonstrates a desire to perform.

Irene            A buffer between Ruby’s dominance and Margaret’s sensitivity.

Ruby           Dominant and sees herself as the group leader. She does, however reveal her insecurities

All three are mid-70


50 minutes approx.


Review from British Theatre Guide

Autumn Days is the name of the residential home in which Margaret, Irene and Ruby live. Ex-performers, they are attempting to liven up the dullness of their declining years by planning and rehearsing a show which they will take on the road – to other residential homes!

Each is a gem of a character, and it was perfectly obvious that the three actresses – Gwen Doran, Helen Russell and Jean Southern – relished every second of the play. And so did the audience, for it had everything: a little pathos, a lot of humour, singing and dancing.

Of course, the age of the actresses had a lot to do with it – all three started their careers entertaining troops, munitions workers and hospital patients during World War II – because it allowed some wonderful sight gags. I shall long remember the yodelling song in which Russell and Southern did a Bavarian “slap” dance (what is the proper name?), sitting down so they could slap their feet!


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