Auditions

Auditions for An Experiment with an Air Pump (in April 2015) take place in December – please see below.


Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble the cast.  Each Director has his/her own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text, others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both.  Auditions can often be a lot of fun, and gives an actor a chance to try out for different parts.

At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars.  Most auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to come along and audition. If you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 (for a small fee) as a Full Member.

Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, click here for location information

 

An Experiment with an Air Pump poster An Experiment with an Air Pump  by Shelagh Stephenson.

Directed by Lorraine Spenceley

Audition dates:

Monday 8th December 7.45 p.m.
Tuesday 9th December 7.45 p.m.
Sunday 14th December 2.30 p.m.

Show Dates: Monday 27th April – Saturday 2nd May 2015

New Year’s Eve 1799, on the eve of a new century, a Northern English house buzzes with scientific experimentation, a furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics.

New Year’s Eve 1999, on the eve of the new millennium, scientific chaos, genetic ngineering and moral dilemma. The same Northern English house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years.

Characters:

Note: the ages are only a guide. The Director is happy to see anyone who is able to attend the auditions.

Fenwick aged 50 – 60 years. A man of contradictions, likes to think of himself as enlightened yet is condescending to his wife. Passionate about science yet unable to relate to his family.
Tom a redundant English lecturer.
In the original production Fenwick and Tom were played by the same actor.
Susannah age 40’s. Married to Fenwick. Uneducated but intelligent. Once a great beauty. Bored and frustrated by her role in life.
Ellen A brilliant geneticist. Married to Tom.
In the original production Susannah and Ellen were played by the same actor.
Harriet age 20’s. Fenwick and Susannah’s daughter. A poet who wants to be a scientist like her mother frustrated by her role in life.
Kate Ellen’s colleague and house guest
In the original production Harriet and Kate were played by the same actor.
Isabel age 18 – 20. Fenwick and Susannah’s servant. A lowland Scot. Intelligent with a love of words. Small, frail and bird like. She suffers from curvature of the spine.
Roget age 20’s. Attractive and charming. Absolutely no morals in his search for knowledge. Science is his god. Unscrupulous and manipulative. Fenwick’s house guest.
Thomas Armstrong age 20’s. Fenwick’s house guest. A scientist with a strong moral code.
Phil age 20’s. A Geordie surveyor. Full of conspiracy theories. Salt of the earth manner.
In the original production Armstrong and Phil were played by the same actor but these roles can be played by two separate actors.
Maria: age 18 – 20. Harriet’s sister. Romantic.

Please direct any enquiries to the Director, Lorraine, via website@theatre62.org.uk