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Auditions

Auditions for the following shows will take place at the theatre on Sunday 13th January

1:30 Loot by Joe Orton, directed by Stevie Hughes

Playing dates: Thurs 9 – Sat 18 May 2019 (not Sun 12)

Dennis and Hal have just committed a daring bank raid, netting themselves over a 100 grand in cash, but when an absurd but psychotic investigating police officer suspects them, they decide to hide the loot in Hal’s recently deceased mum’s coffin, but then have the corpse to dispose of. A gold-digging femme fatale of a private nurse, intent on ensnaring Hal’s grieving father into yet another profitable (for her) but short-lived (for him – literally) marriage, increases the tension in Joe Orton’s outrageous masterpiece of modern farce.

Characters

Mrs. McLeavy: Any age. A corpse. Must be of slender build, physically fit, feel comfortable with being manhandled and capable of sustaining a lifeless performance.

Fay: Late 20s-30s. Mrs. McLeavy’s former private nurse. Serial widow. Irish accent. Devout Catholic but has her own quirky, self-serving interpretation of her creed. A femme fatale but a somewhat parochial one.

McLeavy: 40s-50s+. Mrs. McLeavy’s grieving widower. Perma-victim. Preferably Irish accent. Firm believer in ‘old-fashioned values’. Naive and out of touch, he is either whingeing or being chronically outraged. However, he’s the only one to stand up to Truscott.

Truscott: 40 to 50+. A venal, corrupt and brutal police inspector, ignorant, inept, lazy and casually ruthless. In total command. Violently assaults Hal on stage.

Hal: 20s. The McLeavys’ son. Somewhat more thoughtful than his partner-in-crime, Dennis, but just as priapic. However, there is no sex in this play. Gets beaten up by Truscott.

Dennis: 20s. A bit of a Jack-The-Lad. Instigator of the bank raid. Sexually rampant. In love with Fay.

Meadows: Any age. Uniformed arresting police officer. Tiny role but has one great visual moment.

A word about ages. Please don’t be put off if you don’t fit the age stated; if there are enough suitable auditionees of a different vintage, we may revise the criteria to accommodate them.

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15:00 Bull, directed by Rob Widdicombe

Playing dates: 22nd – 26th May in the bar

A razor-sharp play about the fine line between office politics and playground bullying, Bull offers ringside seats as three employees fight to keep their jobs.

Bull was written by Mike Bartlett, well-known for King Charles III and several successful television productions. It’s sharp, brutal and laced with mordant wit.

Tony and Isobel are young sales executives intent on climbing up the greasy pole of corporate success. Think of the thrusting, ruthless, go-ahead types you see on The Apprentice and you won’t be far off the mark. Thomas does the same job but he clearly isn’t “in with the in crowd” and is the butt of the savage bullying. For Carter, their manager, the bottom line is the only yardstick that matters.

Bartlett doesn’t give us character biographies or descriptions; instead, all of the clues are there in the script. Ages are fairly open. The three sales execs are probably in their 20s or early 30s, Carter (who can be male or female) is 40 or 50-ish.

This is what we learn of each:

Isobel
Thomas: “like you’re keeping everything in. Tight”
Carter: “uses her looks to compensate for a certain amount of insecurity”
Isobel: “I’m like a cat, a Soviet gymnast. I’m really perfect physically and mentally”

Isobel pulls some martial arts moves and so whoever plays her will need to be physically fit. Martial arts experience would be a definite advantage but not essential as we’ll choreograph that sequence very carefully.

Tony
Isobel: “he’s a predator. Hard and fast”
Isobel: “he runs marathons so he can sleep with charity workers”
Carter: “comes from a privilged background…he’s had a private education”

Tony’s torso plays a significant part in the proceedings and so whoever plays him will have to have a good physique – and not mind showing it off, both on stage and in the audition.

Thomas
Isobel: “flabby little thing aren’t you”
Isobel: “like an autistic penguin”
Tony: “short”
Carter: “most definitely a comprehensive boy done good”

At the end of the play the antagonism spills over into violence and so, although the character is described as being physically awkward, the actor playing him will need to be quite the reverse.

Mr. (or Ms.) Carter
Carter: “I never found myself intimidated or put off my work…I was single-minded”
Carter: “I’ll make your life a nightmare”

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Future audition dates for your diary are; 10th March, 7th April and 12th May – (all Sunday afternoons).

Our auditions are open to everyone but if you are chosen for a part you will need to become a member of the theatre – before your first rehearsal. The same goes for all backstage crew and anybody who wishes to use the theatre’s facilities.

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