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Non-members are welcome but please read the notes on this page.
The Board has decided that if a member has not done any duties in their calendar year of membership they will not be considered for casting in a production until they sign up and complete at least three duties. Before you audition please make sure you have completed your duties or you will not be considered for this production.
All members must do a minimum of 3 duties within a four-month period. New Members should do a minimum of three duties before the run of any production they are cast in…if you are considering reading for a production and you have not fulfilled your quota of duties at the time of auditioning, then it is very likely you may not be considered by the director for casting.
***AUDITION NOTICE ***
Sense and Sensibility
OUTDOOR TOURING PRODUCTION – JULY 2017
Set in the early 1800s, in an era when women were totally dependent on the benevolence and generosity of men, sensible Elinor pines for the quiet, kind-hearted Edward Ferrars; the impulsive Marianne dreams of her romantic hero on horseback, John Willoughby.
Jessica Swale’s cleverly-written, fast-paced and delightful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel follows the fortunes of the Dashwood sisters as, cheated of their inheritance by their selfish brother, they pursue their dreams.
Performance dates and times:
1 & 2 July at 7pm: Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Birmingham
8 & 9 July at 5pm: Blakesley Hall, Birmingham
12 & 13 July at 7pm: Selly Manor, Birmingham
15 & 16 July at 7pm: Harvington Hall, Kidderminster
Important notice to members: The Board has decided that if a member has not done any duties in their calendar year of membership they will not be considered for casting in a production until they sign up and complete at least three duties. Before you audition please make sure you have completed your duties or you will not be considered for this production.
Casting-wise, I’ll explore the suggested doubling and aim to work with a cast of 9 (5m, 4 f) – however, there is scope to include more people depending on how auditions go – and don’t be put off reading for a role of a different gender to you. Here’s more info from Samuel French: http://www.samuelfrench.co.uk/p/40969/sense-and-sensibility-swale
I’m looking for versatile, committed actors of all ages, with confident vocal projection, to play a range of parts and work as a team. Musical and singing skills are also most welcome, although I won’t be biased towards these
Swale’s adaptation is economical and fast moving, as will be the performance and production design. Playing at beautiful Midlands venues, this will be no passive picnicking experience – I want you to help me draw the audience in with an urgent, funny and heartfelt production
The period setting is early 1800s – costume, set and props etc will show this, with a few modern touches possibly thrown in
Audition dates and times:
Friday 14 April at 7pm & Sunday 16 April at 12pm
Call backs/ further auditions: 17 & 21 April
Please prepare a short speech of your choice, classical or contemporary. I will also give you extracts from the play to work on in pairs, groups and individually at audition.
If you have any access or other requirements, please let me know – e.g. extra time required for sight reading scripts. This can be factored in
Auditions will run as group workshops – possibly more than one over the whole evening or afternoon period, lasting around an hour each, or possibly longer. Please arrive at the start time, to hear some important info about the play, venues, theatre rules and etiquette
If you plan to audition you’re welcome to just turn up, but in the hope of being organised I’d be grateful if you can please email me with an idea of which date and time you plan to come – then I can work out the sessions accordingly – firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll also then email you a form to fill in, in the hope of saving time and avoiding faffing at auditions
Please find a link to the rehearsal schedule:
Rehearsals start on 8 May and will be 3 evenings per week, with occasional extras. It’s imperative that you’re fully available for production week, including tech and dress rehearsals. You may not be required for all rehearsals – a detailed schedule will be made available in good time. I’ll make a note of your unavailability, which needs to be provided by first rehearsal
I hope to see you at the auditions. Feel free to email about anything to do with the show in the meantime
(…and be sure to book your tickets for Not About Heroes – 1-8 April in the studio!)
Andrew Smith – director
***AUDITION NOTICE ***
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
by Eduardo de Filippo
This magnificent play had its British premier at the National Theatre late in 1973 and received universal critical acclaim. The distinguished cast included Laurence Olivier as Antonio and Joan Plowright as Rosa. The play was directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
At first sight a typical picture of Italian family life with characteristic displays of Mediterranean temper, the play concerns the relationship between a man and a woman after years of married life. A monumental family row begins to brew on Saturday night while the Sunday ragu is being prepared in the kitchen. The row breaks on Sunday, the traditional day for family quarrels, and is finally and touchingly resolved on Monday.
“Seething with life, hilariously funny, rich and nutty as a fruitcake … Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s adaptation shows a touching understanding not of Italians merely, but of the comic, complex predicaments of family life everywhere.” John Barber, Daily Telegraph
“An experience that surely enhances the quality of the lives of those who see it, and which provides, as great art does, that secret well of joy at which we can drink forever.” Bernard Levin, The Times
“What survives, and places the show among the finest as well as the funniest in London, is a humanity and generosity comparable to that radiated by de Filippo’s own troupe.” Robert Cushman, The Observer
I am delighted to be directing this wonderful play which will run from 1st to 8th of July in the Ron Barber Studio. I require 17 actors, and hope to knit together a tight ensemble of generous and fearless performers! We will be setting the play not in Italy itself, but in ‘Little Italy’ in New York. Appropriate accents will be required. The year will be 1959, the same year it was written and first performed in Rome.
First audition: Thursday 20th April at 7:30pm
Second audition: Saturday 22nd April at 2pm
Should call-backs be required, these will take place on Tuesday 25th April. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 2nd of May, and thereafter (with just one exception) a regular pattern will follow of Tuesday and Friday evenings, and Sunday mornings. A full list of rehearsal dates will be provided at the auditions. It is very important that you provide at the auditions a complete list of any days you would be unable to attend rehearsals due to previous commitments. If I cast you, I will not appreciate unexpected surprises which will force me to reorganise the rehearsal schedule!
I do not expect many of you to know this play, or even to have heard of it! I have a fondness for reviving plays which were once highly regarded, but have since largely vanished from our theatres – something the Crescent has indulged me with on previous occasions! This play is worth your attention. A classical three-acter, beautifully constructed, it fizzes with drama and energy, joy and pathos, delivered by a large cast of well-drawn characters. There will be a brief familiarisation before each audition – I look forward to seeing you there!
Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the cast list and further information
The auditions will consist of readings from the play, and extracts from the text will be provided on the day. You can get a taste of the play by visiting the following link to Samuel French’s website which provides a free preview of the first 20 pages of the play – about half of Act One.
Colin Simmonds (Director)