Ghostsby Henrik Ibsen in an adaptation by Robert Lowe
The play ‘grabs you by the throat and never releases its grip’ The Guardian
Directed by Robert Lowe
PLAYING DATES: 28th March – 7th April, 2018
Rehearsals will begin 11th February, 2018
If you are new to the Loft and would like to see round the theatre please arrive at 2.00pm
One of the great naturalistic plays of the late 19th century, Ghosts is a scorching examination of cloistered and claustrophobic family life in a small town in Norway in the 1890s. A harrowing portrait of a family coming to terms with its past. Banned in many countries for some time due to the nature of its subject matters – religion, incest and syphilis being just three – it has since become a major classic and a beacon for actors due to the meaty roles on offer. It is a play in what is not said is as important as what is spoken. I have loved this play for many years and look forward to working closely with the cast on text and subtext. It will require strong, committed performers to ensure the audience are truly impacted by this powerful piece.
In brief, Oswald Alving, an unsettled young man, returns home after many years in Paris just as his mother is due to open an orphanage in memory of her late husband. During the course of the day and night leading up to the opening, long-held secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes.
Mrs Alving: (playing age could be anything between 40-60). A widow, who has done everything she can in life and especially during her toxic marriage to protect her son, even sending him away from home at an early age to keep him safe. Real feelings have been held under for many years, which once revealed, show her true strength of character.
Oswald Alving: (26, but could be played by someone 25-35). A troubled young artist who was sent away to boarding school from a young age and revered his father from afar. He returns home hiding a serious illness from his mother.
Pastor Manders: (should be much the same age as Mrs Alving – so 40-60). One of literature’s terrible self-involved and judgemental (of others) clergymen, he is shocked to the core by the revelations of the night which question his firmly held morals and belief in man.
Jacob Engstrand: (playing age 45-65).Another self-interested character who uses Manders’ idealism and hypocrisy against him to rise to material gain. Ostensibly Regina’s father, but even that relationship has been used to better his own position.
Regina Engstrand: (playing age 25-30). Has been Mrs Alving’s maid for most of her life. A character with dreams and vitalitywho is stifled by the oppressions of this society towards women of her class in particular.
If you are interested in auditioning for Ghosts, but cannot make the audition date, or if you want more information, please contact Robert Lowe on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be happy to arrange meetings at other times if necessary.
FOXFINDER by Dawn King
Directed by Tom O’Connor
If you would like to see round the theatre, please arrive at 2:00pm
Playing Dates: 2nd-12th May 2018
A superbly written, award winning play based in an imagined time in England where the State holds power over its people, peddling fear and propaganda that survival depends on laws being obeyed. The bogeyman of choice in this tumultuous world where wellbeing is on a knife edge is the fox. Exaggerated stories of its ugliness, violent purpose and horrifying character are perpetrated in such a way that the creature, though unseen for generations, is identified as the representation of all
The play is set on a remote farm where Sam and his wife Judith are struggling to hit the required state productivity levels due in the main to an unusually wet season which has followed on from the tragic loss of their four-year-old son.
The states response is to send a specially trained Foxfinder to examine the reasons for the farm’s woes and present the myth that a fox may be responsible. A figure to be feared and understood the Foxfinder himself soon becomes victim to doubt about his beliefs and his mission, discovering human emotions that interfere with his zealous outlook. The play will explore human fear, love, humour and the desire for survival for oneself and loved ones. It lays bare how fear can both weaken and awake unknown reserves of strength.
A terrific piece of drama.
CAST Four actors: two male, two female
William Bloor – the Foxfinder – young man aged 19/20 or at least able to look around this age.
Bloor, removed from his parents, has been trained in an institution since the age of five, to locate and destroy the designated enemy of the State and humanity – the Fox. An awkward but determined man believing fully in his supposed abilities, destiny and the reasons for which he was selected as a young child. Sent to analyse the under performance of the Covey Farm he at first follows his training and instincts to the letter. However, as time goes by, William starts to doubt his mission and the very existence of the dreaded fox itself leading to confusion of intent and emotions.
A super multilayered part which will demand a range of acting abilities. Those interested should know that the play and writing will allow the character to grow through the rehearsal process.
Samuel Covey – late 30’s early 40’s farmer, devoted, loving husband and recently bereaved father of a young child.
Struggling since the death of his son with keeping the farm productive and himself together, Samuel does not welcome in any way the intervention of the State in the form of the Foxfinder. He resents the fact that the Foxfinder knows little of the country ways yet is deemed fit to judge Samuel and the farm that has been in the family generations.
Judith Covey – mid to late 30’s, wife of Samuel and the bearer of all his troubles whilst burying her own in an attempt to keep their lives on an even keel she displays great fortitude and resilience. The love she has for Samuel is clear as she purposely attempts to welcome the stranger William into her house. Naive at times to the political suppression she, her husband and indeed her friends are under, Judith fights with everything she can for that basic thing, survival by any means. This is a demanding but fulfilling role – again allowing for the character to grow over the process.
Sarah Box – 30’s, neighbouring farmer’s wife, mother of two young children and friend of Judith, close enough that they can confide and share things that could be a threat. Her husband is older than her and has recently suffered illness that has affected their farm’s production levels, which also attracts the attention of the Foxfinder. Feisty and courageous to the point of rebelliousness, Sarah confronts Judith and the Foxfinder at different times. A great role with a number of intimate and important scenes that lead to a climatic and life changing decision.
If you are interested in auditioning for Foxfinder, but cannot make the audition, or if you want more information, please contact Tom O’Connor on email@example.com