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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN


NICK

The Hero/Protagonist!

Honest, working-class, with a profound sense of fair play!

A likable, cheeky youngster, and a handsome, strong athlete. 

The story revolves around Nick as he finds himself forced to prioritise between his tennis training, his schoolwork and his girlfriend, Emma!

He is falling behind at school and becoming a thoughtless boyfriend.



BEN

The Antagonist???

Nick’s archenemy from childhood!

A spoilt rich kid, smug and a cheat throughout Act I.

His character improves during Act II, as he matures and rebels against his father,

Smythe, the real antagonist.

Ben and Nick eventually become friendly rivals ... or do they?



EMMA

Nick’s Girlfriend!

Emma is tall with blonde hair and English Rose pretty good looks.

She is a kind-hearted girl with the typical insecurities and worries of a girl her age.

NICK and EMMA have always been in love, and this love grows stronger.

Emma is always there to support Nick, but Nick, thoughtlessly, rarely acknowledge this!

His worsening obsession with tennis is creating a chasm between them,

but she is not mature or selfless enough to bridge this alone.



LAURA GLADYS BETHAN 

Emma’s best friend & confidant!

Comical Welsh character, short & dumpy with a strong Welsh accent!

Proud and boastful about her Sexual maturity and experiences. A practiced schemer and manipulator! 

She is a ‘Tart with a Heart’ - who secretly fancies Ben.

A likable, humorous character!



DANNY

The Tennis Coach!

Danny is in his Early 40s. He is liked and respected by all… (except Smythe).

A former world-class contender who never quite realised his full potential.

His career high was reaching the Wimbledon final many years ago.

Dedicated to passing on his vast experience and knowledge to the club’s juniors,

Danny continually battles with Smythe over the juniors’ rights as club members.



MOLLY

Nick’s Mother! 

An Earthy, gutsy, working-class hero!

A single parent, forever struggling to make ends meet!

Kind Hearted and dedicated to her son and his well-being.

Now good friends, She and Danny are former lovers who nearly married years before,

but Danny left the area to pursue his tennis career!

Molly has never quite forgiven him for deserting her.



SMITH-SMYTHE

Ben’s Father - The Real Antagonist!

A rich, upper-class social climbing twit who thinks he can buy everyone and everything.

A short, irritable man with the classic "Napoleonic complex"!

Chairman of the Club Committee, he longs to become the Men’s Team Captain!

He and Danny have a volatile history as both junior tennis rivals,

and, in their late teens, rivals for the attentions & affections of Molly.

He has always bullied his son Ben, constantly disapproving.

He advises his son to cheat on-court and be underhanded in life, just like he is.



FRANGELICA SMITH-SMYTHE

Ben’s Step Mother!

An upmarket, sophisticated woman, she is the one with the money!

Always a little tipsy, she is constantly ridiculing and mocking her husband,

who she has grown to despise since he became impotent.

She blatantly flirts with other men at every opportunity, especially Danny, just to provoke Smythe.

She secretly sympathises with, and admires Nick’s mother.

A humorous character.



McENROE, BORG, CONNERS, NASTASE

Caricatures of the four tennis legends, who appear at the start of Act II!

One of them is the SPORTS AGENT



TV/RADIO COMMENTATOR

SPECTATORS & PRESS double as TENNIS PLAYERS, TENNIS GROUPIES, LINESMEN, etc;

BALL-BOYS & BALL-GIRLS double as JUNIOR PLAYERS

Intellectual Property Protected by Copyright © Registered at “Stationers’ Hall Registry”

Registration Certificate No. B10/1534/40532

Book, Music & Lyrics by Chris Turner © 2000 - 20016

Additional lyrics by Tony Barlow & Peter Kraus

All songs arranged by Chris Turner

Songs 3, 5, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 produced, programmed & engineered by Jim ‘Switch’ Hopper

Producer & Project Manager - Jane Turner