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Re­cently I had a chat with three more of the young cast mem­bers of Reper­tory The­atre’s pro­duc­tion, Ring­ing Changes, and learnt that a lot of the plot and hu­mour of the play cen­tres on their re­la­tion­ships and switch­ing part­ners.

Caius Wrig­glesworth, who plays Andrew, has a girl­friend, the girl next door, played by Meynell Smith. That’s in Act One. In Act Two she has switched her al­le­giance to Andrew’s sis­ter Jessie. In Act One Jessie’s girl­friend is Max­ine, played by Mikayla Walker but in Act Two Max­ine has be­come Andrew’s girl­friend.

“Andrew is quite a high flyer, dab­bling in the stock ex­change. He’s quite cocky and not very nice at all,” says Caius of the char­ac­ter he plays.

These young adults are all do­ing quite dif­fer­ent things in their lives away from the the­atre. Caius is study­ing to be­come a struc­tural en­gi­neer, Meynell is still a school stu­dent and Mikayla is a singing teacher.

Are they hav­ing fun, en­joy­ing the the­atre process? “Yes!” they cho­rused, “It’s just such a fun play. There’s a nice en­ergy there with re­ally good chem­istry be­tween the char­ac­ters so we all get on re­ally well. ”

I’m look­ing for­ward to open­ing night.

Ring­ing Changes, Reper­tory The­atre, July 6-14, mati­nee Sun­day, July 8 at 2pm.


Mikayla Walker, Caius Wrig­glesworth and Meynell Smith.

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