Director: William Wilkinson

Audition Date: 13th May, 2018 at 2.30 p.m.

Performance Dates:  5th – 15th December, 2018

If you are new to the Loft, please arrive by 2.0 p.m. to have a look around the theatre.

There will be an audition of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identities, bewildering desires, practical jokes, and ribald revelry on Sunday 13th May.

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – both comic and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…and confusion reigns.


I do not want to necessarily follow traditional casting concepts in this all too famous play, but neither do I want to ignore tradition for the sake of change alone.  Nor am I fixated on a given approach to any character.  There are rich pickings and much scope for development for everyone who takes on a role. My run down on characters for starters is:

Orsino:   drives much of the narrative; well-to-do, determined to have his own way, very macho, too single minded to notice much else in his way;  not a youth, not inexperienced and there is narcissism in his longings.

Viola:  the centre of the plot, classy background.    A feisty determined young woman who is going to get back on her feet after the shipwreck soonest: no one`s fool. Great sense of the comic in her predicament, having chosen male disguise (as Cesario) and then fallen for her employer, Orsino

Sebastian:  the male counterpart of his identical twin sister Viola.  A young man destined to succeed and he knows it.  Also plays Curio, a dandy hanger-on with Orsino, who thinks he is somebody of consequence!  And also plays a Policeman.

Antonio:  A gentleman of means who has befriended Sebastian after his rescue from the sea.  He is genuine, upright and a self-possessed person wrongly pursued for a misdeed in the town and intends to defend himself. Also plays Valentine, another dandy hanger on with Orsino; regards himself as a superior being.

Olivia:  of noble family, enjoys flaunting her status, a tease with a sharp sense of humour.  Thinks herself in control but is spun delightfully into a whirl when she falls for `Cesario`.  Stylish comic role.

Maria:a working class woman who feels no inferiority when dealing with the nobility.  She has kept her directness of speech, is always up for a bit of fun in life, lives it to the full and has great humanity and a touching sensitivity.

Sir Toby: born into the landed gentry but with no proper role; aware of his inadequacies and compensates with confrontational behaviour.  He needs to be reckoned with and can be cruel; he is determined to enjoy life, but ultimately he is a bit of a softy.  He drinks too much but is not an alcoholic.

Sir Andrew: desperately needs to be taken seriously as a man of the world, but has no idea.  He is a sad fool to be laughed at but calls for some sympathy and finally finds a little dignity and departs.  He is constantly surprised at his failures.

Malvolio:  delusions of being accepted into the upper classes by his own efforts, which are wildly overplayed.  He is nauseatingly self-regarding with no awareness of the way he is seen by others.  His downfall and pain is real.  But he is unforgiving; that is beyond his abilities and beneath his stubborn pride.

Fabian:  one of Toby`s gangand having been side stepped in promotion is in for the lark against Malvolio, but nevertheless very much his own man with a distinctive voice.   Also plays the energetic Captain who rescues Viola from the sea. And later, briefly appears as a country priest.

Feste:an allowed clown.  A man of infinite wisdom and his position allows him to speak the truth about people and situations without fear of retribution.  His jesting whilst funny in his own erudite way is serious.  He may be a clown, but he is no fool. Also plays a Policemen

If you are interested in being part of this production, but you can’t make the audition date please contact William Wilkinson on

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