Read a good book lately? Prisoner Cell Block H’s Amanda Muggleton has. She is to star in the premiere of her award-winning one-woman show, The Book Club, coming to Islington’s King’s Head Theatre this October.
Deb can’t quite shake the feeling there’s something missing in her life. Her kids have left home. Her husband is sport-obsessed. Meanwhile, she dreams of getting love letters in the post from Martin Amis.
When her friend Trish pushes her to join the eccentric local book club, self-confessed bookaholic Deb decides there’s nothing to lose. Little does she know her fantasies will start to become reality….
The Book Club, written by Roger Hall, stars Amanda Muggleton, one of Australia’s most versatile and provocative leading ladies, and best known in her native UK for her starring role as Chrissie Latham in the cult 1970s TV show Prisoner Cell Block H.
Amanda was actually born in London’s Stepney and emigrated to Australia in 1974. She is a two-time Helpmann Award-winner for her portrayal of Maria Callas in Master Class and another for the musical, Eureka. She has won other awards for The Book Club, Shirley Valentine, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Annie.
Roger Hall was born in England in 1939 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1958. He is New Zealand’s best known dramatist with more than 40 plays to his credit.
His early scripts were for TV, but in 1976 he wrote his first stage play Glide Time. Many successful play productions followed, together with musicals, pantomimes, radio dramas, books and plays for children and comedy series for television.
The Book Club plays at King’s Head Theatre from October 11- November 5.