Counselling capers in call centre comedy

Kate MacGregor and Nicole O’Brien team up in Jilted Lovers Helpline.

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Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club are streaming an audio production of Jilted Lovers’ Helpline by Johnny Grim through Eventbrite until Saturday May 1.

In this black comedy, two call centre workers and would-be agony-aunts try to counsel distraught lovers in various disastrous relationships, interspersing calls with chat about their own lives.

The play won the first prize for the club in the 2016 Lorn Drama Festival. At the time, the adjudicator, Michael Emans praised the repartee between Jasmine, played by Kate MacGregor and Mary, played by Nicole O’Brien. This production reunites the team of Kate and Nicole, directed by Mike Rowell. Although a comedy, the play touches on some grown-up themes and it is not suitable for under 13s.

Jilted Lovers’ Helpline is performed by arrangement with Lazy Bee Scripts and is available on Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.com/e/151469911583) and the club is operating a ‘pay what you can’ approach to ticket pricing. It is available to listen to until Saturday 1st May.

The next project in this series of audio plays will be a double bill of plays from Seat in The Park by Cherry Vooght. These one-act plays also explore friendship between two women, although these women are older and enjoying a visit to the park.

The plays, See if I Care and Still Life feature club stalwarts Linda Robb and Val Hamilton, supported by Fiona Turnbull and Anuschka Miller. This double bill will be available on Eventbrite for one day only, May 8.

Go to Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club Facebook page for more details.