Setting the Scene

Personals is a funny, adult, modern musical revue from the writers of Channel 4s ‘Friends’.

Set in New York, using intertwined comic and ironic sketches the show looks at the lives of people looking for love through personal columns and dating agencies.

In Act 1 we meet a group of people placing a newspaper ad, the typesetter who has been typing the ads for 15 years, Chuckie the needy teen who places a regular ad, Kim a recent divorcee, Claire who runs a Video Matching agency, Louis and his tape re­corder and Sam who is spending another night alone.

In Act 2 we follow the characters lives as they reflect on the past and look forward to finding love, believing that the chances of finding that special person are somewhere from slim to none but out of the blue some­one can fall into your life and some things don’t end.

The Songs

Act 1

Nothing to Do with Love – The Company

After School Special – Chuckie

Mama’s Boys – Claire / Kim / Sam / Scott & Mamas

A Night Alone – Sam

I Think You Should Know – Kim

Second Grade – The Men

Imagine My Surprise – Claire

I’d Rather Dance Alone – The Company

Act 2

Moving in with Linda – Sam / Elaine / Marilou & Rene

A Little Happiness – The Typesetter

I Could Always Go to You – The Women

The Guy I Love – Claire

Michael – Kim

Picking Up the Pieces – Louis & Male Tape Voice

Some Things Don’t End – The Company

The Production team

  • Stage Director – David Armitt assisted by Julia Stevens
  • Musical Director – Philip Shute
  • Musical Director (at performances) – Simon Sharpe
  • Keyboards – Simon Sharpe
  • Bass – Callum Yule
  • Drums – Lee Adams
  • Choreography – Karen Caldecourt / Loraine Taylor / Debbie Featherstone / Julia Stevens / Emma Weeks / Justine Knight
  • Set Design – David Armitt
  • Scenery Construction – Matthew Stevens / David Arrnitt / Richard Seagroatt / Emma Weeks / Loraine Taylor / Debbie Featherstone / Jude Figueira / Pauline Seagroatt / Justine Knight / Sarah Hake / Nicki Parry
  • Chorus Leader – Debbie Featherstone
  • Properties – Emma Weeks & Matthew Stevens
  • Costumes – Debbie Featherstone
  • Stage Management – Richard Knight & Chris Cockburn
  • Lighting – Edward Seagroatt assisted by John White
  • Prompt – Catherine Bates
  • Box Office – Jill Seagroatt
  • Front of House – Trefor Davies & John White
  • Poster Design – David Armitt

The Cast

  • Bob – Jude Figueira
  • Brett – Carlos Avila
  • Chuckie – Carlos Avila
  • Claire – Kaz Cockburn
  • Elaine – Loraine Taylor
  • Female Tape Voice – Loraine Taylor
  • Hannah – Emma Weeks
  • Jodie – Justine Knight
  • Kim – Julia Stevens
  • Lisa – Loraine Taylor
  • Louis – Leonardo Rossetti
  • Louise – Sarah Hake
  • Male Tape Voice – Matthew Stevens
  • Marilou – Justine Knight
  • Mario (offstage) – Sarah Hake
  • Miss Malones – Pauline Seagroatt, Karen Caldecourt & Emma Weeks
  • Mother 1 – Justine Knight
  • Mother 2 – Loraine Taylor
  • Mother 3 – Pauline Seagroatt
  • Mr Potato Head – Sarah Hake
  • Paula – Pauline Seagroatt
  • Rene – Pauline Seagroatt
  • Ricki – Debbie Featherstone
  • Sam – Barry Ruth
  • Scott – Richard Seagroatt
  • Suzie – Karen Caldecourt
  • Tina – Nicki Parry
  • Tony – Barry Pavey
  • Typesetter – Matthew Stevens
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