Albert Make Us Laugh
by Jimmie Chinn
Full Length Play, Drama / 5m, 4f, 5m or f
Some would say Albert Nuttall, aged eleven, is backward — but he is special. He is a poet and a visionary who, as he grows into manhood, inspires unexpected depths of emotion in other people, notably his classmate Primrose, whose glorious future as a…
ALBERT MAKE US LAUGH
Meet Albert Nuttall, aged eleven. Some would say that he is backward and at first glance, you'd agree - but Albert is special. He is a poet and a visionary who, as he grows into puberty and manhood, inspires unexpected depths of emotion in other people - notably his classmate, Primrose Macaveney, whose glorious future as a musical actress fails to materialize, and the lost and lonely young schoolteacher, Janet Partington. This strange, touching and upliftng story - written to be enacted entirely by adults - is engaging and theatrically innovative, as one has come to expect from the ever-popular Jimmie Chinn, author of Straight and Narrow.
''A perfect childlike simplicity puts us at once into an intimate relationship with God, without any hindrance'' From Letters of Directionby the Abbe de Tourville.
''This strange, touching and uplifting story - written to be enacted entirely by adults - is engaging and theatrically innovative, as one has come to expect from the ever popular Jimmie Chinn, author of Straight
and Narrow.'' Otley News
''POWER PACKED - the play filled the theatre with laughter, tears, shock and a degree of pensiveness that betokens a very powerful drama.....Mr Chinn loves people, and that love shines through all his writing - and if he draws on his own growing pains for experience, why not, if it leads to such truthful portrayals as appear from his pen......an acute observer of the human condition.'' - Middlesex Chronicle.
''Rich, colloquial and intuitive.'' - Richmond and Twickenham Times.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Various simple interior and exterior settings
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting5m, 4f, 5m or f
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
Children to be played by adults.
The play, in its first form, was presented by the Questors Theatre Student Group, Ealing in July 1986.
The play, in its present form, was first presented by Teddington Theatre Club at Hampton Court Theatre on October 24th 1987.
It was presented at the same venue in 2007 in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra - as part of TTC's anniversary celebrations.