By

 

Christopher Wortley

 


Click to read more about Chris

 

 

Assisted by

 

TV Writer

Brian Clemens

OBE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to read more about Brian

 

“That was a bloody scream!” - Audience member, Kingsbury Production

“I laughed so much I nearly wet myself” – Audience member, Southampton Production

 

Sell out performances in Southampton, Sheffield, Wetherby
and Tewkesbury

 

Click to watch the video

 

 

 

“ If any society would like to talk to us about the show we would be glad to tell them how good we think it is - and how much we enjoyed doing it ” - Frank Daly, Treasurer of Manor Players, Tewkesbury.

 

“ The audience was treated to a rare combination of wonderful new music, belly-laugh humour and classic farce ” – The Lymington Times, reviewing the Southampton production

 

“ This is a reassuringly old-fashioned musical farce that does what it says on the label. The audience loved it! ” - Marion Haywood, The Sheffield Telegraph.

 

“ It was brilliant having so many small but colourful parts to share out ” - Eleanor Hewitt, Producer of The Hightimers’ production, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire.

 

“ A really excellent piece ... a wonderful evening's entertainment ” - Eric Smart, NODA Chairman & Past President

 

“ A fabulous cross between Celebrity Fit Club and Dad’s Army ”

 

‘Act Your Age’  is written to play to the strengths of amateur groups:- 

 

There is plenty for the chorus to do:
plenty of time on stage and plenty of up-beat chorus numbers to sing and dance to.

 

The principals should be happy too with some 20 named parts, the majority of which are for women in their 50s (leading roles) and 70s. For smaller societies, some parts can be doubled.

 

As for the audience, the music is all written to entertain with satisfying tunes and harmonies - and Brian Clemens, who wrote the Avengers as well as West End farces, he helped with the book so the visual comedy is sure to keep everyone amused. This is a traditional, heart-warming farce with people popping in and out of doors:- astonished people, surprised people, embarrassed people. And it’s a send up too. It makes fun of the modern cult of celebrity – for here are a bunch of old folk and they are all obsessed with Angelina’s star sign and Brittany’s latest dietary fads. Put this lot in charge, add some people with mysterious secrets, add a couple of jewel thieves and a shop mannequin wearing diamond-studded knickers and it’s a recipe for a lot of fun.


 

Playing to the strengths of amateur groups . . .

 

See where . . .

Click for map

 

Articles about the show . . .

 

See the Noda News article that first generated interest in the show

 

Dec 2006 Noda News article

 

Sep 2007 Noda News article

 

 

News . . .

   Congratulations to MELKSHAM music and drama group. Their production of Act Your Age won “Best Comedy - 2016” at the NODA South-West awards. Dee Way, NODA's south west regional representative, said: “I have not laughed so much for years and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show.”
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The ten members of the MMAD group at the awards ceremony in Bristol

 

News . . .

April 2016 . . . Another sell-out production for Act Your Age – this time in Wetherby, Yorkshire

(Celebration cake, baked for the after-show party by Julia Eastwood)

 

News . . .

2012-2015 . . . Five productions of Act Your Age including Reading, Bristol, Australia and New Zealand

 

News . . .

Four more productions of Act Your Age in 2010 including one in Australia

 

News . . .


2009, Tewkesbury, Glocs.

Sell-out evenings  . . .  more

2009, Boroughbridge, Yorks . . .  more

2008, Sheffield, Yorks, Sell-out evenings . . .  more . . .  review

 

News . . .

Act Your Age caused quite a stir at the NODA-North-East conference in Scarborough 2007.  Delegates were seen dragging their colleagues across the room to see the
Video Trailer!

 

 

Meet the characters . . .

 

Click for info about each part
(age, sex, characterisation, vocal range, etc)

 

Get a flavour . . .

 

Video Trailer
Watch a
4-minute video trailer

 

 

Read about the music

 

 

A simple story - but a complicated plot . . .

 

Read a summary, listen to the songs and view extracts from the score

 

     

 

More info . . .

 

Act Your Age is published by
Stagescripts

 

 

Performance licences, scores & libs, video rights etc

 

Staging and costumes

 

Orchestrations

 

More . . .

 

Contact us . . .

 

Order perusal material, or a CD / DVD or ask a question

 

 

The first production . . .

  

In Nov 2006, Waterside Musical Society performed
Act Your Age in Southampton.

 

The show sold out and broke box office records.

 

Read what people said about the show

 

News . . .
Valerie wins an award