Colchester Theatre Group

Jumpy by April De Angelis


Hilary is fifty years old. She has a routine and unexciting passionless relationship with her husband Mark. The rift between them is wedged firmly and a point of constant contention is fifteen year old daughter Tilly. Feisty and rebellious, she has a volatile relationship with Hilary and when Hilary discovers she has been having sex with fellow fifteen year old boyfriend Josh, she goes to visit his parents to discuss the problem.



Tilly – playing age 15/16. She is a feisty, ebullient teenage girl who typically rebels against everything her mum does, wears and talks about.


Hilary – playing age 49/50 however she looks younger than her years. She is a left-leaning feminist who once protested at Greenham Common – facing a crisis at the age of 50.


Mark – playing age 49+. He’s Hilary’s easygoing husband and Tilly’s father who appears cheerful but impenetrably indifferent.


Lyndsey – playing age 15/16. She is Tilly’s best friend but in total contrast to Tilly she is a very placid and sweet character despite being pregnant by her murdered boyfriend.


Frances – playing age 49/50. She is Hilary’s best friend and happily single on the surface but she comes across as sexually aggressive. Please note that a requirement for this role is to dress in a revealing costume and perform a provocative burlesque dance.


Roland – playing age 45 to 55. Bea’s husband and father to Josh, he’s in an unhappy relationship and a semi successful actor who fancies Hilary.


Bea – playing age 45 to 50. She is married to Roland but they separate during the course of the play. She is very protective of her son Josh, blaming Tilly for getting pregnant.


Josh – Playing age 15/16. Tilly’s on/off boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. He’s a typical teenage boy who is still cosseted and spoilt by his mum, Bea.


Cam – playing age 20 to 25. He’s an older friend of Tilly’s but ends up in bed with Hilary much to Tilly’s disgust after she splits from Mark. Please note that within the script there is a scene where this character walks on stage naked however it is not necessarily an essential element to the story, therefore it can be negotiated with the successful person.

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