Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

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Double Acts

Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th February 2024

The Studio Theatre, Hertford


Double Acts by John Finnemore, writer of Cabin Pressure and star of Miranda, was a series of radio comedies produced for BBC Radio 4. It is an anthology series of two-handers. The first series of six episodes was broadcast in 2015. A second series was broadcast in 2017. Each episode features only two main speaking parts and is a self-contained play, although some of them are loosely connected.

As a follow up to the very well received visit from Harry Harding and his team this February in the coming February
from the 14th to the 17th, we will be putting on three of the six stories – Wysinnwyg, Red Handed again and Hot
Desk, in one big production.


Six characters, three stories, all connected to make a perfect trilogy. For those of who you came to see Red Handed you will know how clever and funny these plays are.

Play 1 is Wysinnwyg, it's Kerry's first day in the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son Bath Suppliers - where she meets her new colleague Joel, and her horrific new boss Adele for the very first time. The characters are Adele and Kerry. Adele (mature, female) is bossy/patronising/ruthless, she thinks she is the boss of everybody who works with her, and she thinks she is clever and manipulative, when really, she is all talk. Kerry (younger, female) is confident/tactful/a little bit sassy, at first, she allows Adele to push her around and make ridiculous demands of her, but is there more to her than meets the eye?

Play 2 is Red Handed, Joel comes home unexpectedly early from work one day to find an unusual visitor in the shape of Henry.

Play 3 is Hot Desk, at Willard & Son Bath Suppliers, for a few minutes, twice a day, at precisely seven in the morning and seven in the evening, a receptionist and a security guard meet to swap ownership of a desk...which blossoms into an unusual  relationship. Awkward romance at its funniest!

The auditions for the two female roles in Wysinnwig will take place at our theatre on Thursday 30th November. Please come along if you are interested in this exciting project to meet the Director Harry Harding and discuss the play. if you would like to
see a script please contact him on harry_harding12@hotmail.co.uk.

Rehearsal days and times will be agreed once cast.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that the performance rights to these plays are not available to the general public. This will be something that our HDOS audience may have heard but will never have seen before so watch out for the link to Ticketsource later in the year.