Ray Dillon has only acted on stage once before. He took the lead role in The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group’s 25th-anniversary production of “Pollen: The Musical”. Following all the hard work and hours of rehearsal, Ray declared that would be his first and last acting assignment. Fast forward two years and the opportunity to play Harold in “A Bench in the Sun” by Ron Clark proved to be too much of a temptation.
“I vowed never again,” said Ray, “but when I read the script and saw how funny yet moving it was, I just couldn’t resist auditioning and getting involved.”
The play tells the story of Harold and Burt who are long-time friends and enjoy a good bit of bickering sitting on their bench in the sun. When they meet Adrienne, everything changes with comic effect.
“A Bench in the Sun” is set in the USA and cast members are honing their American accents with vocal coach Tracey Christiansen. “Tracey appears with notes after each rehearsal listing words for us to work on,” said Ray who originates from Dundee. “There are certain words I find more difficult than others, but we are getting there!”
The cast of three are looking forward to getting to curtain up in two weeks’ time in the beautiful intimate surroundings of the Convento de São José in Lagoa on June 27, 28 and 29 at 7.45pm.
Tickets cost €10 and available on Ticketline, at Auditório Carlos do Carmo and Convento de São José in Lagoa, and at Worten and FNAC shops.
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Photo: Ray Dillon couldn’t resist getting involved after he read the script