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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front

by Erich Maria Remarque Adapted for the stage by Robin Kingsland
Directed by Mike Higginson

10th to 17th November 2018

Listen to the Director

Audition Date Sunday July 8th 13.00-13.55

Director Mike Higginson:  m 07789 278984

mjhigginson@tiscali.co.uk

I hope that, for most of you, this story will need no introduction. Many of you will have seen the very moving black and white film from 1930 or possibly the 1979 re-make. It is the story of a group of young soldiers, fighting together in the trenches, and shows the spirit they summon up through their camaraderie; of course, it also shows the futility of war. What makes it all the more poignant is that this is a group of German soldiers; the message is that it doesn’t matter which side you are on, the issues are the same.

This powerful play will provide an excellent opportunity for GWT to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice (and our performance dates include 11th November). It is also a wonderful piece of theatre, which we were fortunate to find and then to be allowed to perform with the permission of the Remarque Estate.

It will be a challenge for the eight male actors who will play the main parts and (apart from Paul Baumer, who is the main character) all of the other male roles.

There will be an opportunity for three female actors to share the minor female parts and, if they are happy to do so, double up as crew.

This will be a demanding production for actors and technical crew alike and, whilst I will endeavour to be flexible with rehearsals (which will start no later than 24 September and follow the usual pattern of Monday, Wednesday and Friday and some Sundays) it will be vital that all those involved avoid conflicting commitments/holidays, or declare them upfront!

Characters and audition pieces (with acting age as a guide only)

THE SCHOOLFRIENDS

 

·         Paul Baumer (18-22) the “Narrator” but also very much part of the action.

A large/central part

 

·         Albert Kropp (18-22) a lance corporal (doubles as the Officer etc.)- smartest in the class

 

·         Muller (18-22) not so smart, he is a “bit rough at the edges” (doubles as or mimics Kantorek (their teacher) and Himmelstoss (the drill sergeant))- requires strong character acting

 

THE COMRADES (all of whom play several other parts as well)

 

·         Haie Westus (18-22) recruited at same time as the others- big and strong

·         Detering (20-30) married farmer, more the sensitive type

·         Tjaden (20-30) “skinny little runt”, coarser than the rest

·         Stanislaus “Kat” Katczinsky (40) their “teacher, protector, leader”

·         The New Recruit (16-18) vulnerable, innocent

THREE WOMEN – (18-50) to play 10-12 minor parts

 

For the auditions, due to the nature of the script, we will work through a handful of scenes, swapping roles to find the best combination. The first two extracts below give opportunity to show ability to do multiple characters (e.g. the Cook, the Officer and Kantorek)

Therefore please look at:

Act 1 scene 2- pages 10- 15

Act 1 Scene 3- pages 15-21

Act 2 Scene 4-pages 79- 80- Paul and Frau Kemmerich (audition for all female parts)

Act 2 Scene 5- pages 81-85

Act 2- scene 6- page 85 (Paul only)

If you email me I will send you a pdf of the script. If you then print it, please bring that copy to the audition and leave it with me at the end of the audition session. As this script is unpublished, the author has granted special permission, through the licensing of this play, for the pdf manuscript to be circulated and printed solely in connection with this production

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