Auditions

img_8739Auditions for Comfort and Joy

by Mike Harding

Director: Sandie Campbell

Friday 21st July 7.45 p.m.

Monday 7th August 7.45 p.m.

Tuesday 8th August 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 10th August 7.45 p.m.

Production dates: Monday 4 – Saturday 9 December, 8.00 p.m.

Synopsis here

 

Characters:

MARTIN is in his fifties. Accent: Irish (but not heavy – from Dublin).  Has been in Britain for more than 30 years. Site Manager for big construction firm. Quick witted. Very likeable but prone to talk politics when ‘under the influence’.

MARGARET Martin’s wife of similar age.  Accent: Northern.  Goff’s niece.  Sometimes referred to as Peggy by Martin. Works as a secretary in a wholesale stationers. The focus of her life is her family.

HELEN Martin and Margaret’s daughter. Late twenties. Accent: Northern. Teaches English at a school in Yorkshire. Pretty and intelligent; she has a wicked dry sense of humour. Into aromatherapy; quite hippy-like and earth-Mother-ish in her dress sense.

GOFF is Margaret’s Uncle. Accent: Northern. In his 70s but fit and spry.  Retired railwayman.  Bit of a likeable rogue but has terrible habit of repeating himself.  He is a Lord of Misrule and takes no prisoners – but has a soft underbelly.

KATHY Helen’s sister; two years older. Accent: has purposely lost her accent and tries to talk very ‘posh’ (to fit in with London life).  Lives in London working as a funding officer for various Art Projects.  Style: Queen.  Post-Modern and a feminist and is often more than anybody can handle.  Is brittle & pretentious.  Clothes very much whatever is ‘in’.

CRISPIN Kathy’s ‘friend’. Mid 30s. Accent: public school. Arts administrator and (ex public school). From the home counties. Tries hard to be eclectic but his background comes through all the time.

*JIMMY Fiona’s husband.  In his 50s. The man who ran off to Australia with Goff’s daughter Fiona. Accent:  mainly northern with the odd ‘twang’ of Australian. Cheerful in many ways but very much a product of the ‘I went to Australia and made my way’ school.

*FIONA in her 50s. Goff’s daughter. Married to Jimmy.  Accent: Australian with glimpses of the North.  Fiona has not weathered well and is quite slow on the uptake.

*Accent: The Australian accent may be a challenge too far for the actor, so it may work that Fiona speaks with a Northern accent – and now and then an Australian accent rears its ugly head (much to the disgust of the family).

Both Jimmy and Fiona both try to ‘embrace’ the Australian accent however they simply cannot quite pull it off.

MONICA & CHAPMAN  Retired middle-class couple from Middle England. Dress modestly, but expensively and their appearance is very clean, neat & shiny. They are, however, barking mad. (These are small roles, but very funny!)

PAT (Woman) & HUGHIE (Man)  Age: 50s.  Accent: Northern.  Pat is very sharp.  Hughie is gormless and vacant so one suspects nothing going on inside his head. (These are small roles).  Could be played by actors who play Monica and Chapman? 

x2 children (one line at end of play).  However, having children may not prove possible, so watch this space for alternative ways of including children.

All actors can be made to look older/younger, so don’t be put off too much by the ages stipulated.

For more information, or you’d like can’t attend an audition, please contact Sandie, the Director, at s.campbell5@btinternet.com or 07971 415 680.
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My Boy Jack castAuditions at Theatre 62

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 as a Full Member.

Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.