Please see details on our 2022-23 auditions below, including production information, audition pieces and directors’ contact details. You will also find out more about backstage opportunities for each production.
“We have all, at one time or another, been performers.”
Sir Laurence Olivier
Watch director Katie Webster introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis Private Tommo Peaceful, an ordinary boy from rural Devon, prepares for the Battle of the Somme.
On a night that could be his last, Tommo looks back over his life – almost eighteen years of it. He remembers the adventures with his hero, his big brother Charlie; the accident in the forest that killed their father; the halcyon days spent with the love of his life, Molly; and the injustices of war that have seen his short life torn apart. We see the senselessness of war and the bravery of those “ordinary” boys in the lower ranks, who deserved – and didn’t get – to live long and happy lives. As Tommo counts the hours down to dawn, he invites us into a story of love, loss and, somehow, hope.
Production Style and Physical Requirements
This will be a stylistic production requiring a high energy cast. The majority of you will be multi-roling, so physical and vocal diversity will be key.
The set will be multi level and actors will need to navigate this quickly and easily. There will also be plenty of physical scenes within the school yard, the battlefield, crowd scenes etc., so please be prepared to throw yourself about a bit!
Whilst I do not have any concrete plans for live music, please do let me know if you are able to play any musical instruments, particularly stringed instruments.
This is a true ensemble production and I will be setting an early “books down” date to ensure we can pin down the moves. You need to move as a well-oiled machine and this will only come if you know exactly what you’re doing – and what everyone else is doing too! It will also be vital that you avoid conflicting commitments/holidays, so please declare them ahead of the auditions to see if we can work around them.
I will be following the standard Monday, Wednesday, Friday rehearsal schedule with some Sundays (incl. Single and Double Run). Rehearsals “proper” will be starting on Monday 12th September. I will be arranging a read through in late August/ early September prior to the rehearsal period “proper” starting.
Tommo Peaceful – Our story teller. He has spent his life looking up to and following his brother Charlie. Must be prepared to kiss actress playing Anna. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Playing age 18.
Charlie Peaceful – Tommo's big brother and hero. A cheeky chappy, a resolute rule breaker and a brave soldier. Intensely protective of Tommo. Would give his life for his brother - and does. Must be prepared to kiss actress playing Molly. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Playing age early 20s.
"Big Joe" Peaceful – Tommo and Charlie's big brother. Joe has been left with special educational needs after contracting meningitis as a child. Requires a sensitive portrayal. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age early to mid 20s.
Mother – Tommo, Charlie and Big Joe's mother. Loves her boys more than anything and tough as nails. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age 40s.
"Grandma" Wolf – The boys' great aunt who they dread seeing. Unpleasant and crotchety. Dislikes the boys. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age 60+
Molly – Tommo and Charlie's childhood best friend. The love of Tommo's life. The love of Charlie's too; Charlie's wife. Must be prepared to kiss actor playing Charlie. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age early 20s.
Nipper – A school friend and fellow soldier from Devon. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age 18 to early 20s.
Pete – A school friend and fellow soldier from Devon. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age 18 to early twenties.
Les – A school friend and fellow soldier from Devon. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Will double as Lieutenant Buckfield and ensemble. Playing age 18 to early twenties.
Jimmy Parsons – The soldier and past school bully from Devon who Charlie stands up to. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Ensemble. Playing age 18 to early twenties.
Miss McAllister – Tommo and Molly's school teacher. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Anna and Ensemble. Playing age early twenties.
Anna – The attractive estaminet owner's daughter. "Soft" French accent required. Must be prepared to kiss the actor playing Tommo. Will double as Miss McAllister and Ensemble. Playing age early 20s.
Mr Munnings – Tommo and Charlie's bad tempered head teacher. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Sergeant "Horrible" Hanley, the Pilot and Ensemble. Lots of contrast needed from this actor. Playing age 40s.
The Pilot – The good-natured Pilot that Tommo, Charlie and Molly meet as children. RP accent. Will double as Sergeant "Horrible" Hanley, Mr Munnings and Ensemble. Lots of contrast needed from this actor. Playing age 40s.
Sergeant "Horrible" Hanley – The horrible sergeant in charge of Tommo and Charlie in army training and then France. After Charlie disobeys his orders to protect Tommo, Hanley sends Charlie to be court marshalled. Will double as Mr Munnings, the Pilot and Ensemble. Lots of contrast needed from this actor.
James Peaceful – Tommo, Charlie and Big Joe's father. Dies in an accident in front of Tommo. Appears in a fleeting memory. "Soft" Devonshire accent required. Will double as Captain Wilkes and Ensemble. Playing age 30s/40s.
Colonel – The Peaceful family's landlord who lives in "The Big House" of the village. Blackmails Mother. Uncompassionate. RP accent. Will double with Haig, the Army Chaplain, the French Estaminet Owner and Ensemble. Playing age 50s/60s.
Field Marshall Douglas Haig – Brief appearance. RP accent. Will double with Colonel, the Army Chaplain, the French Estaminet Owner and Ensemble. Playing age 50s/60s.
Army Chaplain – Brief appearance. RP accent. Will double with Colonel, Haig, the French Estaminet Owner and Ensemble. Playing age 50s/60s.
French Estaminet Owner – Anna's father. A very touching scene with Tommo. "Soft" French accent required. Will double with Colonel, the Army Chaplain, Haig and Ensemble. Playing age 50s/60s.
Sergeant Major – Delivers recruitment speech in Devon. RP accent. Will double as the Doctor, the Vicar, the Brigadier and Ensemble. Playing age 40s/50s.
The Doctor – Brief appearance. Will double as the Sergeant Major, the Vicar, the Brigadier and Ensemble. Playing age 40s/50s.
The Vicar – Brief appearance. Will double as the Sergeant Major, the Doctor, the Brigadier and Ensemble. Playing age 40s/50s.
The Brigadier – Brief appearance. Will double as the Sergeant Major, the Doctor, the Vicar and Ensemble. Playing age 40s/50s.
Please note that not all parts are shown above; there are plenty of orderlies, guards, soldiers, school children, crowds, customers, estaminet staff, movement and prop/furniture moving to keep everyone very busy…!
Watch director Julia Kemp introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis Welcome to one of the most famously awkward evenings of all time.
Mike Leigh’s visceral drama/comedy of manners has achieved cult status since it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre some 45 years ago. I’m absolutely delighted to be directing it in December.
Overbearing Beverly, socially aspirant, patronising, and apparently impervious to embarrassment is inflicting aggressive hospitality on her neighbours. Reluctantly assisting her is her stressed and disappointed estate agent husband, Laurence. On the guest list are kind-hearted, eager to please, over-sharing Angela, who is thrilled to be there. She’s brought her husband, taciturn ex-footballer Tony – who never uses three words when one will do and gives every impression of wanting to be anywhere but. Trapped in the mix is fretful divorcee Susan, the mother of the titular Abigail, who submits to the intrusive questions, unwanted advice, and gallons of gin and tonic with increasing resignation and despair.
There is no “plot” to speak of. The booze flows, the cracks show, and as we watch and laugh in the face of our discomfort (and laugh we do!) the play slowly ramps up the palpable, almost physically painful tension – which culminates in a shocking conclusion. I won’t reveal that here – just in case you’re either very young or have been living on the moon! The comedy – and drama – is almost all in the body language, the agonising forced gentility, the tone of voice, the patronising remark, the seductive or disdainful look, the uncomfortable pause, the revealing comment – and I’m looking forward to working hard on the detail of this with a strong and confident cast.
It is absolutely an ensemble piece and the actors will need to know their lines early. They will also need to get to know everyone else’s part, and moves, as well as they know their own – to achieve the rhythm this play needs.
We are placing the play exactly where it belongs, in 1977. When Demis Roussos shared the charts with The Sex Pistols, a house cost £21,000, and cheese and pineapple on a stick was the ultimate party snack.
Rehearsals: Commencing Monday 16th October 2022 in the GWT studio – with the usual pattern of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and some Sundays. I will be arranging a read through prior to rehearsals “proper” starting.
Beverly – Our hostess. She is in her 30s – probably mid to late.
Laurence – Beverly’s husband, late 30s/early to mid-40s.
Angela – Late 20s/early 30s.
Tony – Angela’s husband, late 20s/early to mid-30s.
Susan – Abigail’s mother. Probably early/mid 40s.
Watch director Andy Briggs introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis Tom escapes a suffocating home life through cigarettes and long visits to the movies while his sister, Laura, withdraws into her records and collection of glass animals. But their mother, Amanda, harbours dreams for them far beyond their shabby apartment. When Tom brings home a potential suitor for Laura, Amanda seizes the opportunity to change their fortunes.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE is a poetic and bruising portrayal of a family on the brink of change. This intimate and intense memory play explores the complex web of love, loyalty and trauma that binds families together.
Be a part of a true piece of theatre history. THE GLASS MENAGERIE catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame in 1944 and secured his place as a truly great dramatist. A position he holds to this day.
Amanda Wingfield – A faded Southern belle who grew up in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, abandoned by her husband, and who is trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions. Amanda yearns for the comforts of her youth and also longs for her children to have the same comforts, but her devotion to them has made her – as she admits at one point – almost "hateful" towards them.
Tom Wingfield – Amanda's son. Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support his family but is frustrated by his job and aspires to be a poet. He struggles to write, all the while being sleep-deprived and irritable. Yet, he escapes from reality through nightly excursions to the movies. Tom feels both obligated toward yet burdened by his family and longs to escape.
Laura Wingfield – Amanda's daughter and Tom's elder sister. A childhood illness has left her with a limp, and she has a mental fragility and an inferiority complex that has isolated her from the outside world. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines. The unicorn represents Laura because it is unique and fragile.
Jim O'Connor – An old high school acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete and actor during his days at Soldan High School. Subsequent years have been less kind to Jim; by the time of the play's action, he is working as a shipping clerk at the same shoe warehouse as Tom. His hope to shine again is conveyed by his study of public speaking, radio engineering, and ideas of self-improvement.
Watch director Melinda Hunt introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis Howard Katz, aggressive Jewish showbiz agent of C-list celebrities, has hit a major mid-life crisis.
The play veers between comedy and near tragedy as we follow Katz on the journey to find himself again. Traced through darkly comic and almost dream-like flashbacks, Patrick Marber’s play comprises the dizzying fall of its eponymous hero from successful showbiz agent and family man, as scene by scene, with a near-ridiculous pileup of disasters: he loses a major client, learns that his father is heartbroken because his mistress dumped him, argues hurtfully with his father about the past, copes with his father’s death, splits with his wife, loses his job, gets mugged, wastes his remaining money, fights with his brother, suffers sexual dysfunction with a prostitute, contemplates suicide and begs an unanswering God for answers.
Howard Katz – Male lead, age 50 plus, will be on stage throughout. This is a real tour de force part and requires an actor who can play comedy as well as tragedy. Will need to bring a high level of energy. I am not looking for a Fagin!
Ensemble – The ensemble will play a number of parts and will need to be able to produce diverse characters through different voices, mannerisms and movement. With 25 scene changes, many in flashback , the ensemble will also need to move furniture and change props whilst also undertaking on stage costume changes. Everyone will be very busy!
Each ensemble player has a direct link to Katz through a main character. This relates more to their relationship and not necessarily to the size of the part as some of the additionally played characters have substantial scenes also.
Ellie – Mother, age 70+. Also plays May, Jo's girlfriend, age 64.
Linda – Aged 60.
Jo – Father, age 70+. Also plays Mr Lord (B&B owner), Hospital Orderly, Lou age 60
Bernie – Brother, age 40+ Substantial role.
Also plays Jim (TV producer) Greg (Katz’ boss) Martin (Gun dealer) Fred (Jess’s new partner), Pit Boss.
Natalie – A client of Katz and Bernie’s girlfriend, age 30+. Also plays Marcia (PA), Cheryl(masseuse), Casino Dealer.
Jess – Wife, age 40+. Also plays Viv (TV producer), Tina (secretary to Greg), Mother of boy, Casino Manager.
Male 40+ – Plays Norman, (Barber60s) Waiter, Security Guard, Casino Inspector.
Male 25+ – Plays Robin(homeless) Ricky (soap star), Bell Boy, Felix (1 line!), Waiter.
Male 12+ – Plays Ollie and Boy. I am happy to cast a young teenager providing he’s not 6’2”! two actors for alternate performances.
Watch director Mike Higginson introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis The play charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War II, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their bit for the war effort.
Based on 150 letters and interviews with original Land Girls, along with songs from the period, this is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroes.
The play was devised and first performed by the Lions part. It toured the UK and transferred to the Arts Theatre in London’s West End in June 2010.
When you look at the script, please take time to read the notes at the beginning because they will help to explain how the stories should be brought to life. In particular it is said that “In playing, Lilies realises each story physically and emotionally in the moment it is told, not as something that is being recalled with nostalgia”.
Casting: As well as the four Land Girls, there are also some 25 small parts, both male and female (including a 5th Land Girl). These parts could be shared amongst the 4 actors or, more likely, I will cast a 5th female actor capable of handling this challenging task. Unless you would specifically like to read for the “5th ”, I suggest that you audition for one or more of the 4 characters listed below.
All the cast will need to be able to sing but there will not be any solos and most of the songs are very well known like “Run Rabbit Run”, “Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye” and “Would You Like to Swing on a Star”. There will also be some gentle dancing to “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
You will be relieved to hear that I will have Lynda Newton on the team to work with the cast on the songs and she will also be at our audition (of which more below).
I do not have any fixed idea about ages. The cast could all be in their 20’s or all in their 40’s, or somewhere in between. It will all depend on ability and fit, and finding the right combination. Each character has quite specific characteristics.
Lynda and I would also like to hear you sing but we will definitely keep this informal and relaxed, gathered around the keyboard, so absolutely no need for nerves.
The songs which you should look at in advance (although you won’t necessarily be asked to sing all of them) are:
Lynda can supply the music in advance if you email her on: email@example.com
We will start rehearsal proper on Monday 16 January (with the usual pattern of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and some Sundays) and it will be vital that you avoid conflicting commitments/holidays, so please declare them upfront to see if we can work round them! It is likely that we will also have extra singing sessions, some of which may well be in the second half of December.
Margie – From Newcastle, a townie, who is naïve and childlike, though not childish. She describes herself as pretty. She is warm and constantly in a state of surprise.
Peggy – A happy, confident young cockney from a large East End Family; she doesn’t know one end of a cow from another. Rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck in.
Poppy – From Oxfordshire, she has been brought up in a happy privileged family and is used to a comfortable lifestyle. The tough life on the land is a shock, but she is enthusiastic and ready to learn.
Vera – A complex character, she asks questions and expects to make her own way, likes to muck in and yet isn’t really one of the girls; she’s educated and frustrated with old fashioned views of women.
There is a good description of each character on pp2 and 3 of the script, but do not be put off by anything written there; that is very much for guidance.
Production synopsis Based on William Golding’s classic novel which won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983 and is listed as one of the 100 most inspiring novels the play was hailed by The Guardian as having “a genuinely disturbing power” and by The Telegraph as “guaranteed to grip older children and adults alike”.
The thrilling story follows a group of schoolchildren who find themselves stranded on a desert island after their plane crashes. What begins as an exciting adventure in the wild soon descends into savage violence as superstition and immorality sees the community they’ve made slide into a darkly sinister world.
Our production will reveal the darker parts of human nature with a powerful ensemble of fierce children driving rhythm, movement and emotion that will guarantee to grip from start to finish!
Auditions are open to members of the youth group and will follow a couple of intro weeks at the beginning of September. If you’re interested in joining our youth group’s waiting list please apply via our website. You can find more information and the online application form here.
Watch director Susanna Hook introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Watch Drama Chairman Mike Higginson introduce this production on behalf of director Mark Slaughter at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis The line between good and evil blurs in this gripping fable of the infamous serial killer.
Sweeney Todd follows the journey of an honest working man, broken by a corrupt ruling class and exiled, torn from his family. Years later and back in London, Todd the barber wreaks his terrible revenge, along the way forming a deadly alliance with an enterprising pie-shop owner – the widow, Mrs Lovatt. And if cutting the throats of his customers were not enough, things get even bloodier when she persuades him that the human remains would make the perfect filling for her pies…
As London’s poor crave meat, the murderous pair feed quite literally upon them.
An ensemble of 12 actors will play a range of roles. There are fantastic parts both large and small and there will be doubling and use of the ensemble, ensuring that everyone will have lots to do and bags of on-stage time.
Laced with dark humour and choral singing, fused with vivid storytelling we will transport this story to the early 1950’s and re-create London’s underbelly, post-World War Two; a time when rationing was still in play, Londoners were craving meat and the city’s gangland Barons were on the rise.
Don’t be intimidated by the mention of singing! It’s enough that you can hold a tune. Our MD will coach the group singing and any solo singing will be given only to those who are comfortable taking it on. I will ask you about your singing experience (if any) at auditions but won’t ask you to sing for me (unless you really want to!)
I would be very interested in any musicians or actor musicians out there and would ask you to let me know if you can play anything (no need to play at auditions).
We will have a (very) few initial sessions in early autumn to read the play, note bash some of the choral singing, and I will give all script edits and cuts at that time. We will then break and I will have brief individual character / back-story sessions with each actor to explore ideas before we begin rehearsals, following the usual GWT model in 2023.
Cast will be required to be off book (or close to being off book) at start of rehearsals (Schedule TBC).
Any questions – just ask and please don’t hesitate. Oh and finally – the squeamish need not apply!
Anthony Hope – A young sailor with a romantic and idealistic world view. Friend to Todd and falls in love with his daughter, Johanna. Confidence to sing solo useful but not essential.
Aged 17 – 30.
Sweeney Todd – The barber. Our ‘everyman’. A brooding and quietly furious and calculating man. Not an ‘evil’ man but one driven to evil acts.
Beggar Woman – Vulnerable and fragile. Lives rough on the streets. Considered by all to be mad. Harbours a tragic secret. On-stage throughout, constantly watching…Not masses of lines but loads to do.
Mrs Lovatt – A ‘survivor’. A hardened working woman and a widow. Struggling to make ends meet and craving security, at any cost. Determined to find a new husband, she sets her sights on Todd.
Judge Turpin – A corrupt Judge with a mean, cruel streak. Ward to Todd’s daughter Johanna and Todd’s nemesis.
Beadle Bamford – Judge Turpin’s right hand man. Dangerous, calculating and cruel. Could be played by a man or a woman.
Tobias Ragg* – The innocent. Former workhouse boy, he works in Mrs Lovatt’s pie shop and witnesses terrible things. Uneducated, illiterate and naive.
Age: 17 - 30.
Two Gentlemen* – One (and possibly both) gets a VERY close ‘shave’…
Confidence to sing solo useful but not essential.
Alfredo Pirelli* – A fake Italian barber, con-man & rival to Todd… Cod Italian accent masking his cockney reality.
Johanna – Todd’s daughter. Kept ‘captive' in Judge Turpin’s house since childhood. Strong & determined. Falls in love with Anthony.
Jonas Fogg* – The Asylum Keeper. Two good scenes and takes a bullet in the head!
ALL cast will play roles as ensemble - lunatics in asylum scenes, parishioners in church etc.
* Will also double as a constant haunting and sinister presence as Turpin’s ‘henchmen’ (Think : The Krays).
Watch Drama Committee Member Gaynor Griffin introduce this production on behalf of director Danny Waters at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis We have the exciting opportunity to present this new play by Lucy Kirkwood – The Welkin.
It is rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.
With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. The Welkin premièred at The National Theatre in 2020.
This play is beautifully written and is peppered with historic dialogue throughout, but every now and then the writer drops in a few modern phrases which create some very funny one liners. We expect the play to be dark and horrific, much like The Crucible,
which indeed it is at the end, but Kirkwood takes us by surprise and keeps the dialogue very funny in places.
We need thirteen strong character actresses of varying ages to share the stage for nearly the whole duration of the play. Two of these actresses, Elizabeth and Sally take the lead roles with the remaining eleven women sharing the rich dialogue throughout. There is one man that stylistically takes on the role of all four male characters. Some of the women will need to sing Kate Bush – ‘Running Up that Hill’ in a folk type of arrangement
The matrons can be of any ethnic background, indeed it is crucial the group reflects the present-day population and not that of rural East Anglia in 1759.
Sally Poppy – 21 or thereabouts. Strong, hard, crude, unlikable, vicious. She is the murderer.
Elizabeth Luke. – 35 or thereabouts. Charismatic, likeable, vocally strong.
Sarah Hollis – Middle-aged. Sad, bitter, angry.
Dr Willis – 30-45. Educated, experienced, matter of fact. Actor will also Mr Coombes (the Bailiff), Frederick Poppy and Justice. We need to be able to differentiate between all four characters. Need a diverse character actor. Has some strong physical and unpleasant scenes.
Frederick Poppy – Sally’s husband. A labourer, uneducated. Actor will also Mr Coombes (the Bailiff), Dr Willis and Justice. We need to be able to differentiate between all four characters. Need a diverse character actor. Has some strong physical and unpleasant scenes.
Judith Brewer – Female. 40+
Charlotte Cary – Female. 40+
Kitty Givens – Female. Early 20s. Sottish.
Helen Ludlow – Female. Middle-age
Emma Jenkins – Female. Middle-aged.
Anne Lavender – Female. 20s.
Mary Middleton – Female. 20s. Pregnant.
Hannah Rusted – Female. 20s.
Sarah Smith – Female. 30+
Peg Carter – Female. 20s. Pregnant.
Watch director Lawrence Watling introduce this production at our 2022/23 Live Season Launch.
Production synopsis NOTE- If you expressed interest before (when Twelfth Night was part of the 2021 season) and are still keen to be a part of this production, please re-register your interest.
Twelfth Night is a classic comedy centering around twins, Viola and Sebastian, who are separated after a stormy shipwreck off the coast of Illyria. To seek her fortune, Viola disguises herself as the young male page Cesario, and gains a position in Duke Orsino’s service. Viola instantly falls for the lovesick Orsino who in turn is coveting the grand Lady Olivia. Orsino sends Viola as Cesario to woo Olivia on his behalf…but of course Olivia falls in love with Cesario! When Viola’s twin Sebastian finds his way to Illyria’s shores, everyone believes him to be Cesario – and comedy ensues! Alongside this plot are many other hapless and hilarious characters; unlikely duo Toby Belch and Andrew Auguecheek wreak havoc with their drunken merriment. Their plot, hatched with Olivia’s bodacious handmaid Maria against Olivia’s snobbish steward Malvolio is sure to have the audience laughing their stockings off. And of course it all ends happily with a good old-fashioned Shakespearean jig! Huzzah!
‘Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy. It requires a blend of dream and reality, a balance between laughter and pain and a strong, all-round ensemble.’ (The Guardian).
This is your chance to be part of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays! Forget the boring classroom renditions. Forget the scary language. Shakespeare is FUN! On this production I want you to experience and enjoy Shakespeare. In my opinion, if you DON’T enjoy doing Shakespeare then you have been doing it wrong.
We will work together on the language at your own pace, so please don’t let this put you off!
With full Elizabethan dress, amazing characters and a live band, what better way to close the GWT’s 75th season?
Viola – (Female 20-35) The main protagonist. Viola disguises herself as a young man (Cesario) and becomes a page to Duke Orsino, with whom she falls in love.
Orsino – (Male 30-55) A man of high status. Orsino claims to be in love with Lady Olivia but, really, he is in the love with the idea of being in love. A bit of a ‘Tim nice but Dim’.
Olivia – (Female 20-35) A wealthy woman who, when we meet her, is in love with grief. When she meets Cesario, however, everything changes.
Sebastian – (Male 25-35) Viola’s twin brother. Hero type. Ideally, there will be some resemblance to Viola/Cesario!
Feste – (Male/ Female 30+) The ‘”fool”. Even though he is of the lowest status, he is the most intelligent character in the piece and outwits everybody he meets – an Elizabethan Groucho Marx (without the accent!). Will be on stage the majority of the time. Singing required - those auditioning will need to sing a small verse at the audition (Speak to me for song details).
Malvolio – (Male 45-70) Olivia’s pompous steward who is secretly in love with her. Malvolio is fooled into believing that Olivia reciprocates his feelings after reading a (forged) letter that requests him to smile and wear yellow stockings. This results in arguably one of the most hilarious scenes in the play.
Sir Toby Belch – (Male 45-70) Olivia’s high status uncle who likes to eat, drink, be merry and behave and look like a peasant. Though he is drunk more often than not, he is certainly cunning with a keen eye for money – and lots of it! And a keen eye for Maria too. A physical role.
Sir Andrew Auguecheek – (Male 25-70) Olivia’s gullible wooer, with more money than sense. Talks the talk but can never walk the walk. An “ll Capitano” (Commedia dell’arte). This can be played by a younger man or an older man (hence the large age gap above!)
Maria – (Female 30-60) A handmaid to Olivia. Saucy, fun, and cunning part. Outwits many of the men around her. Maria, for some reason, is besotted with Sir Toby.
Antonio – (Male 45+) –Shipwrecked on Illyria with Sebastian. A good, kind man with some lovely moments. A father figure to Sebastian.
Fabian – (Male- any age)- A groundsman to the Lady Olivia. Assists in the plot against Malvolio. A good, fun part. This part could potentially be doubled up.
Valentine and Curio – (Males - any age)- Orsino’s attendants. Even though they do not have a lot to say I want to work with the actors to make these fun, visually comical parts.
Captain – (Male - 60+)- A charming sea captain of the ship. Only has one short scene (the first one). This character will also make the FOH announcements (in character) and partake in the street theatre at the start of the show. Great for anyone interested in a Shakespeare cameo!
Friar, Servants, Ensemble – (Males/Females, any age)- Fun cameo roles, will be doubled up with other parts/crew.