FOR its first production of the season, Chesil Theatre has chosen two one-act plays.

The group will be performing 15 Heroines and Trestle, with auditions for the production happening soon.

Complied during lockdown by some of the most exciting female playwrights working today, 15 Heroines contains multiple monologues which give a voice to the women who were left in the wake of the heroes of classical mythology such as Paris, Theseus and Heracles.

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Director Daisy Norwood said: “It’s a vibrant piece full of love, anger, hope and a sprinkling of magic, that speaks not only to the experiences of these Ancient Greek women but also our experiences as women today.

“Although they are monologues all five performers will be in every scene enhancing the words and actions of the speaker.”

There are roles for five multicultural women aged between 18 and 60.

Meanwhile, Trestle, by Stewart Pringle, is a thoughtful comedy which explores how two people who seem to have very different values gradually find a friendship. Energetic Denise and set-in-his-ways, Harry meet when they are preparing for different activities in their Village Hall.

Director Martin Humphrey said: “Their conversations explore love loneliness and ageing. They grow closer. But is there enough in common for anything more?”

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Harry and Denise are in their late 50s, early 60s.

There will be a read-through of the production on Friday, July 21 at 7.45pm followed by auditions on Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24 also at 7.45pm.

The production will run from September 30 to October 7. The readings are social occasions, with newcomers always welcome. For more information, visit the Chesil Theatre website.