READING AND AUDITION NOTICE FOR ‘BRONTE’
BRONTE BY POLLY TEALE
DIRECTOR: Martin Cosgrif
PLAYING DATES: 06-16 June 2018
We shall begin rehearsals on 22 April 2018
READING: 2:30 pm Sunday 17 December 2017
AUDITION: 2:30 pm Saturday, 06 January 2018
BRONTE was first performed by Shared Experience Theatre Company at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford in August 2005, and then toured the U.K. to critical acclaim. It was subsequently revived at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
The play explores the real and the imaginary worlds of the Brontes, as their fictional characters come to haunt their creators. It begins in what appears to be a rehearsal space, and the actors gradually become their characters and the starkly naturalistic scenes are interspersed with moments from their novels.
The sisters are presented as the down to earth, isolated women they were, and the play seeks to discover why they became the literary phenomenon they remain to this day.
THE BRONTE FAMILY
- Patrick, 40s/50s. The actor playing Patrick also plays Rochester, Mr. Heger and Arthur Bell Nicholls.
- Charlotte, 20s/30s.
- Branwell, 20s/early 30s. The actor playing Branwell also plays Heathcliff (from Wuthering Heights) and Arthur Huntington (From The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
- Emily, 20s.
- Anne, 20s.
- Cathy/Bertha (Mrs Rochester), 20s/30s – These two characters will be played by the same actor. Cathy is the embodiment of the fictional character in Wuthering Heights. Bertha is Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre – the madwoman in the attic.
Accents are important for the establishment of the characters. Patrick is from County Down in Northern Ireland. His children have strong Yorkshire accents.
If you are interested in auditioning for BRONTE, but cannot make the audition date, or if you want more information, please contact Martin Cosgrif on MartinCosgrif@loft-theatre.co.uk
READING AND AUDITION NOTICE FOR ‘NELL GWYNN’
NELL GWYNN BY JESSICA SWALE
DIRECTOR: Michael Rolfe
PLAYING DATES: 11–21 July 2018
READING: 7:30 pm Monday, 18th December
Do come and join us for the reading of Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale in December.
Jessica has had outstanding success as a young British playwright. The much garlanded Nell Gwynn won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016
It is a love letter to the theatre.
It is London 1660. The King grants permission for women to act and Nell joins the King’s Company dominated by male actors. The play charts the rise of the eponymous orange seller as an unlikely theatrical heroine from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, winning the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.
Nell is likeable, fascinating, an opportunist, sexy, hard driven, yet ultimately a victim of love. The cast is full of equally colourful characters around her.
With music and dance too, the play is raunchy, warmhearted and deliciously funny.
AUDITIONS FOR NELL GWYNN
Part One 2.00 p.m. Saturday 13th January
Part Two 2.30 p.m. Sunday, 14th January
“…An entertaining homage to Nell rather than an attempt at historical accuracy…the key events are accurate but I’ve allowed myself to embellish. Primarily I wanted it to be fun.’ Jessica Swale
Cast List information. Playing ages are very approximate.
- Nell Gwynn – our heroine. (20’s to 30’s)Solo songs and dances.Nell has inherited her mother’s determination to survive. She is likeable, fascinating, an opportunist, sexy, hard driven, yet ultimately a victim of love.
- Rose Gwynn – Nell’s sister (20’s to 30’s) A few years younger than Nell, supportive but also pragmatic about the situation and not afraid to criticise her sister.
- Nancy – Nell’s dresser and confidante (18 to 30’s). Loyal –What Nancy is not? .
- Old Ma Gwynn, Nell’s mother and a gin soaked brothel keeper. (Old.Haggard. Gin soaked. Bit battered by life.) Nell has inherited her mother’s determination to survive
- Queen Catherine, Charles II’s Portuguese wife. Barren. Swears a lot when angry – i.e. most of the time.
- Lady Castlemaine, Charles’ most ambitious mistress. Uses her assets to gain power.
- Louise de Kerouaille, Charles’ aristocratic French mistress. Realistic in life and love.
- Ensemble/ theatre group (2 in 20 to 30’s age range)Mainly singing and dancing.
- Charles II, the King – obviously (30’s- ish) Likes the ladies. Likes being King.
- Lord Arlington, Charles II’s advisor. (50’s up) Manipulator in chief.
- Charles Hart, Leading Actor in the King’s Company (30’s –ish) Not shy about being himself.
- Thomas Killigrew, Manager of the Kings Company (40-ish) Always worrying about the competition or the Company’s reputation.
- Edward Kynaston, Actor who plays the women’s parts (18 to 30 but with a nice figure!) Resentful when women start to take his job (which is playing women)
- John Dryden, playwright and bit of an old fart (40’s up but negotiable)
- Ned Spigget, Actor in training in the Kings company (over 15 and up to mid 20’s) Has a tendency to forget his lines and be a bit embarrassed about everything.
- Ensemble/theatre group (2 in 20’s to 30’s age range) Mainly singing and dancing.
If you are interested in auditioning for NELL GWYNN, but cannot make the audition date, or if you want more information, please contact Mike Rolfe on firstname.lastname@example.org