Read-through: Tuesday 14th December 2021 at 7:45 pm
Auditions: Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7:45 pm
Class War! By Gordon Lewis and Lynn Rushby. Directed by Lynn Rushby
This is set in the staff room of a secondary school. It is the staff training day at the start of the new year before the pupils come back. A new Bursar has been appointed to make economies and ensure all the paperwork is in place for an Ofsted inspection and this “new broom” is going to upset the plans of some members of staff.
Some genders/ages can be flexible for characters.
NICK PINSCHER Bursar
Recent appointment by governors with aim to introduce economies, ensure all paperwork and records correct for Ofsted. Has been going through staff files and has asked all to provide evidence of their qualifications. Also looking at redundancies, checking outside contractors and so on. Smarmy. Fancies the Head of Drama.
SAMANTHA RICHER-QUICK Head Teacher
Lavish lifestyle funded by nepotism (caterers, suppliers). Boasts about holidays and possessions. Will lose status and lifestyle if Nick Pinscher makes changes/cuts.
CAROLE CURTAIN Head of Drama
Head of Department post is temporary (maternity cover) but has applied for mortgage on basis of this. Needs Nick to provide reference for this. Is having a secret affair with Head of PE, who is married.
BRYONY BUNSEN Head of Science
Has no formal teaching qualifications. Been in the school thirty years and has managed to cover this up.
She is fanatical about starting a donkey sanctuary. Not on the ball about running a department so she is unaware that the Chemistry teacher has been stealing chemicals.
ANDY COX Head of PE
Married and has children. Having affair with divorced Head of Drama and would lose home and family if his wife found out.
CHRIS COKE Temporary Chemistry Teacher
Got into serious financial trouble with his lifelong gambling addiction so forced back to work post retirement. Has been stealing chemicals to make drugs to pay off huge debts. Under pressure from local drug gang to keep up supplies but new Bursar is checking everything very closely.
BILL BOILERHOUSE Caretaker
Been at school over thirty-five years and should have retired years ago. A jobsworth and union man who avoids hard work as much as possible. If he retires or loses his job he will lose his tied cottage. The Bursar wants to use outside agencies to replace him and sell his cottage
How are auditions organised at Theatre 62?
Theatre 62 oftern holds a read-through ahead of auditions to allow interested and prospective auditionees to better familiarise themselves with the play and to meet the Director.
Each Director has their own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text sometimes sitting down, sometimes moving around. Others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both. Directors are keen for auditionees to try out for whichever parts they are interested. Although auditions can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking, they’re often a lot of fun. After the auditions have taken place auditionees will be contacted by the Director with the outcome.
At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars. Almost all auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to audition. However, if you are a successful, and a non-member, you will be required to join Theatre 62 as a Full Member at £15.
Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.