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Auditions

 

Sunday 15 July at 10:00 for 10:30 am
The Weekend
by Michael Palin
Directed by
Vicky Whitehill

Playing dates: 4 - 9 February 2019
This hilarious play( with a darker side) is Michael Palin's only stage play first appearing in the West End in 1994.
Cast (ages as a guideline only):
Stephen Feeble - retired , around 60....................... CAST
Virginia - his long suffering wife, .a bit younger
Diana - their daughter, mid thirties
Alan - Diana's husband, a specialist in bulk cargo handling techniques. mid thirties

Charlotte - their daughter, .teenager(?)
Pippa - their dog.

Duff Gardner - neighbour, retired 60ish
Bridget Gardner - his wife, .mid 50s
Hugh Bedales - a society chiropodist., 60ish ( smooth!)
Mrs Finlay - a Marxist cleaning lady, .any reasonable age.
God - (off).
For further infromation, please contact the director, Vicky Whitehill (vickywhitehill@me.com).


Sunday 15 July at 10:00 for 10:30 am
King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett
Directed by
John Scampion
A penetrating, political drama -with a light touch and approachable style. Written by Mike Bartlett and first performed in London in 2014. Since then it has toured and also been produced for television.
Charles has at last become King on his mother's death and immediately an issue has arisen in which he expresses his strongly held beliefs on press freedom and regulation so creating a political and constitutional crisis. This is the background to a searching inquiry of the role of monarchy in 21st century Society and an examination of the ambitions and consciences of those most involved -the senior royals. It is teasingly funny though not satirical, thought provoking and challenging but not dismissive. It has been critically acclaimed whilst stirring up - perhaps inevitably - some controversial reaction.
It's written in blank verse which in performance gives echoes of a Shakespearian form and tone but-crucially -a freshness and easy accessibility for an audience. It is a pleasure to listen to it as the actors, certainly in the two performances I have seen, are at ease with its style.
There are 24 characters in all and so casting will be interesting at the very least- but with so many opportunities. We will double and treble and so everyone should have a good chunk to cope with and we expect to finish up with a cast of 15 or 16. . Five characters are instantly and closely familiar- Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry; to cast them we don't need lookalikes but do need to catch a resonance, maybe in appearance , or in voice, or demeanour to convince. As to the others, there is a really interesting range and mixture, politicians though none is recognisable, civil service types, clerics, Harry's girlfriend and quirky pals, press. Crowd scenes will all be played by the cast. Altogether this is a play to stretch skills and imagination but above all I think it will be fun to work on together.
Because of the size of the cast the first audition/reading at the Talisman theatre is 15th July: 10am for coffee with a start at 10.30 It goes on in April 2019. I should be able make a script available but on the strict basis of its being returned by the time of the reading.
John Scampion, Director
(johnscampion@hotmail.com)



      

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