In the wake of another attack by Prime Minister Boris Johnson (you’re not dreaming, he still is), the BBC announced a move that will no longer see them paying top stars large salaries.
The corporation is to close its world-famous drama studio later this year, and instead all future programmes will be produced and staged by amateur dramatic society, St Michael’s Strolling Players from Acton.
The first programme slated under the new arrangement will an adaptation of the James Joyce classic, Ulysses, with bus driver Alan Chivers cast in the role of Leopold Bloom. The production is to be broadcast live from Acton Drill Hall to save on costly studio sets and recording facilities.
Daphne Miller, a doctor’s receptionist and the group’s creative director said: ‘Alan’s really not bad at all once he’s had a few brandies to settle his nerves. His Sky Masterson, when we did Guys and Dolls last Summer, was two-starred by the The Acton Bugle’s arts critic.
‘Yes, he can be a little shaky remembering lines, but if we write them on bits of the set I’m sure it’ll be alright on the night.’