The Understudy by Henry Filloux-Bennett

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Part of a Summer Season of Plays by UCA BA (Hons) Acting & Performance 2022

Based on the novel by David Nicholls

Directed by Giles Croft

Actor Stephen McQueen has just landed a dream West End role. Well, that’s not quite true – what he’s going to be is an understudy to film star Josh Harper(12th Sexiest Man in the World)

Whilst he’s waiting for his time to shine, he reflects on his own career – one that has spanned everything from (non-speaking) Rent Boy 3 in The Bill to his recent starring role as Sammy in the (low-budget) regional tour of Sammy The Squirrel’s Seriously Silly Safari.

With this new job Stephen’s stage career may be destined for the dizzying heights, but not everything is going quite as well. Stephen’s wife left him two years ago, wondering if he’d ever grow up; his daughter wonders when he’ll get an actual job; worst of all, he’s starting to fall for the leading man’s wife.

The Understudy is the story of an underdog – a failed husband, a failing father, a failing actor, and the impossible choice he’s going to have to make between stealing the show and stealing another man’s wife.

Four poster artworks for the 2022 summer season of UCA shows
UCA BA (Hons) Acting & Performance Course is run in association with Farnham Maltings.

For their final project, our Year 3 students rehearse and perform in a summer season of contemporary plays with a professional director.

We’d be delighted if you’d like to come and see their work before they graduate.