Lost for Words
Cast: 2 Male / 2 Female
Length: Two Acts (90 - 100 minutes)
For the past 25 years Edwin Miles has been an announcer for Classical Music FM. Ratings have plummeted and his station manager, a heel clicking German, has bought out the the local Reggae station to increase market share. Edwin is now working for "Radio Reggae" and sharing a studio with a white guy who is convinced he is Jamaican. Add to the mix a mute receptionist and Lost for Words is a side splitting comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles.
Edwin Miles: Radio announcer for Classical Radio, 40’s – 50’s in age.
Bongo: Announcer for Radio Reggae, 30’s – 40’s in age.
Janet: Station manager, 40’s or 50’s in age, German with strong accent.
Kate: Mute Station Receptionist, 30’s – 50’s in age.
Royalty / Performance Fee:
$75 per performance (USA)
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This comedy will have you aching from laughter. Not to be missed.
Classic Hits, 95 FM
Bob Marley and Robert Schumann, you couldn’t get two musicians more different. But the two collide head-on on the playlist of Classical Music FM, the radio station at the centre of Detour Theatre’s hilarious and warm-hearted comedy Lost for Words, written and directed by Devon Williamson.
Radio Announcer Edwin Miles (Liam Hagan) is conservative, intellectual and dull, so dull in fact that his daily 6-hour long classical music radio show has absolutely no listeners, and, as his Station Manager points out, if any were to die there’d be negative listeners. It’s definitely not a data entry error, the ratings don’t lie, no one is listening. Determined not to be sent home to head office in Germany, Station Manager Janet (Kim Williamson) takes drastic action and employs a middle-aged white guy masquerading as a Jamaican named Bongo (Stuart Gunn), changing Classical Music FM to Radio Reggae. Understandably the change and the invasion by a man who is his very antithesis comes as a huge shock to the pompous Edwin who does everything he can to keep the status quo. But with change comes self discovery and friendship and Edwin realises Schumann “man” is not all that different to Bob.
Lost for Words is cleverly written and the talented cast make easy work of delivering great comedy. Liam Hagan is brilliant as the uptight and self-important Edwin Miles. Hagan’s character may be a stark contrast to the laidback and happy-go-lucky Bongo, played wonderfully by Stuart Gunn, but the chemistry between the two actors is fantastic as they bounce off each other throughout. The ever fabulous Kim Williamson has some of the funniest lines and is frighteningly convincing as the leather wearing, whip carrying German Station Manager, and has the audience eating out of her hand. Hannah Brewer completes this extremely strong cast playing the mute “robot receptionist” Kate. Without uttering a sound Hannah shines as the timid misunderstood Kate.
Louise Dean, Classic Hits 95 BOP FM
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