Audition Notice: Blackadder

Blackadder. Directed by Sally Hull. Audition Dates: Mon 8th & Wed 10th October 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 25th Feb to 2nd Mar 2019.

I am delighted to announce that the Bancroft Players have agreed to my “cunning plan” to direct three episodes of Blackadder in Tudor times.

The Tudor episodes I have chosen are “Bells“, “Head” and “Money“.

Audition Notice: Beacons

“Beacons” by Tabitha Mortiboy. Directed by Vivien Kerr. Audition Dates: Mon 29th & Wed 31st October 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 16th-19th January 2019 in the Richard Whitmore Studio.

This is a play which looks at loneliness and aloneness, experienced in different ways by its three characters. It is set on Beachy Head at the end of the Summer and beginning of Autumn.

Audition Notice: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by ETA Hoffman. Directed by Rosemary Bianchi. Audition Dates:Tue 4th & Thu 6th September 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 7th-9th and 14th-16th December 2018.

It is Christmas Eve and party time! There are presents, a magician and a magnificent tree. One of the gifts is a Nutcracker Doll, but the children soon tire of it and it is thrown out, broken and forgotten. Outside in the snow, Marie rescues the doll and takes care of it and, as in the best fairy tales, it transforms into a brave prince. Just then the evil Mouse King and his Mousy Minions attack!

Audition Notice: Bette and Joan

Bette and Joan, by Anton Burge. Directed by Elliott Bunker. Audition Dates:Mon 9th & Wed 11th July 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 31st October to 3rd November 2018.

By 1962, two of the silver screen’s great leading ladies, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, were has-beens. The women – both famed for playing strong independent characters, both with difficult personal lives and both a long way past 40 – had been replaced by a new breed of perky blonde stars.

Then they got an unexpected opportunity: playing opposite each other in what was to become a cult classic, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Audition Notice: A Bunch Of Amateurs

A Bunch Of Amateurs, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed By David Lester. Audition Dates:Tue 19th & Thu 21st June 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates:21st – 29th September 2018 (8 nights, to be confirmed).

This will be a fun play to do with the added challenge of how to be convincing as an amateur actor. And it comes with acting out some scenes from King Lear!

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to discover that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Julie Dench, the cast are amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by our enthusiastic amateur thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself.

Audition Notice: The Father

“The Father” by Florian Zeller, translated into English by Christopher Hampton. Audition Dates: Mon 25th & Wed 27th Jun 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 17th – 20th Oct 2018 in the Richard Whitmore Studio.

“The Father” is a French play that deals with the gradual development of dementia of the eponymous part. During the action we see the world from inside of his head as things seem to become more and more topsy-turvy

Audition Notice: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. Audition Dates: Mon 12th & Wed 14th March 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates:2nd-7th uly 2018.

The QMT summer production is normally a show for all-comers. We like to field a large cast and this year it is co-production between The Bancroft Players and our famous Big Spirit Youth Theatre.

A Midsummer’s Dream by William Shakespeare of course needs no introduction – it’s by far the Bard’s funniest and most summery piece of work. The show will take place in the QMT as The Dell is not open to us. However, we will bring the warmth of a lovely summer evening into the Theatre with a very special and magical production.

Audition Notice: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

“Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” by Sam Steiner. Directed by Russell Hurn. Audition Dates: Mon 26th & Wed 28th Mar 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 6th – 9th Jun 2018 in the Richard Whitmore Studio.

Yes, there really are that many lemons!

This demanding two header award-winning play about relationships and communication originally premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and explores the impact of the government’s controversial ‘Hush’ Law, which imposes a rationing of spoken words to 140 per person, per day.

Audition Notice: Quartet

Quartet by Ronald Harwood. Directed by Elliott Bunker. Audition Dates: Tue 6th & Thur 8th Feb 2018 at 8pm. Performance Dates: 15th to 20th May 2018.

The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera-singers, who often worked together, are sitting out on the terrace. Reginald, is quietly reading a serious book, but Wilfred is chuckling about sex, as he regards Cissy, lying back and listening to music through her headphones.

They are about to be joined by newcomer Jean, who was a major star in her day and to whom Reginald was once unhappily married.

Audition Notice: The Effect

The Effect Lucy Prebble. Directed by Sam Powell. Audition Dates: Mon 11th & Wed 13th Dec 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 14th – 17th Mar 2018

The Effect is a clinical romance – winner of Best New Play, Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2012. Two young volunteers agree to take part in a pharmaceutical drugs trial. This funny, moving play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, asking what makes us who we are and how we love.