Since the start of this year I've been involved with the Zurich Comedy Club, an English speaking theatre group that's been running in Zurich for 50+ years (back when "Comedy Club" meant "We tend to put on comedies" and not the more modern "Stand up at a mic and deliver a routine for 15 minutes").

Anyway, I've got two updates that may be of interest.

First, our November production is "GamePlan", by Alan Ayckbourn.

Following the dot-com crash a mother and her daughter are abandoned by their husband. With money running out, and determined not to have to move away from her senior school, the daughter, Sorrel, hatches a plan to raise money by advertising as a prostitute on the Internet. Things are going swimmingly, until one of her clients dies of a heart attack mid-coitus. Then things start to unravel.

If you're interested in acting then you should know that auditions for GamePlan are this Monday, 7th September, starting at 7.30pm, at St Andrew's Community Centre, Promenadengasse 9, 8001 Zurich.

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If backstage work is more your thing (and it is mine) you should still come along on the Monday to meet people, find out what needs to be done, and volunteer. Or, drop me a note on here.

The second thing is that we have a production going up sooner than November. "Three Couples and a Goldfish" consists of three one-act plays, being performed from Tuesday 29th September through to Sunday 4th October at the Theatre STOK in Zurich. Performed almost in the round each evening will consist of a performance of "Henna Night", "Abortive", and "The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish1". All three shows explore the nature of relationships.

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Henna Night: Judith leaves her ex-boyfriend a desperate message on his answerphone, saying that she is not coping with their break-up and that she has brought some razor blades and henna. She adds that she hasn't decided whether to dye her hair or slash her wrists. However it is his new partner, Ros, who hears the message and comes rushing to Judith's bedsit.
Abortive: Three weeks after her abortion, Roz - having been raped by Billy - and Colin find themselves in bed wondering how to carry on. Through the reproaches that are traded and the incidents that come up for discussion, the picture of a disturbing relationship emerges. Bed is no longer a safe island.
The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish: Henry and Alice have been married for 15 years. They are bored and have lost the zest for life and their relationship. Their lives have become a blur between fantasy and reality. Secret passions and desires explode and two seemingly separate fantasy worlds are on a collision course with reality. And it all started with a goldfish they named Orca.

Tickets are available now from Ticketcorner, and are CHF 28.

I'll be running around backstage each night with my Stage Manager hat on, trying to keep order and making sure everything runs smoothly. So don't expect to see me on stage; unless that is, it's a blackout, and we need to move some of the set...

1 Keep this one in mind the next time you're playing charades...

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