Category: Audition Notices

Audition Notice: Dick Whittington – The QMT Panto

Audition Dates
  • 5th September 2022 at 7:30 pm
  • 7th September 2022 at 7:30 pm
  • 10th September 2022 at 2:00 pm
Performance Dates
Friday 9th December to Saturday 17th December - various times and dates
Rehearsals
Adults - Monday and Wednesday evenings 7:30pm - 10:00pm from 12th September. Children - Saturdays 2:30-4:30 pm from 17th September

Dick Whittington

 

Audition Dates:

  • Adults (16+) – Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September at 7:30pm
  • Children – Saturday 10th September at 2.00 pm

 

Rehearsals :

  • Adults – Monday and Wednesday evenings 7:30pm – 10:00pm from 12th September.
  • Children – Saturdays 2:30-4:30 pm from 17th September
  • We will also have 2/3 Sunday rehearsals prior to the show
  • ………and full commitment in the week before we go up please!

 

 

Show dates: 

  • Friday 9th December 7:30pm
  • Saturday 10th December 2:30pm and 6:30 pm
  • Sunday 11th December 2:30 pm
  • Thursday 15th December 7:30pm
  • Friday 16th December 7:30pm
  • Saturday 17th December 2:30pm and 6:30 pm

 

Following the success of Cinderella in December 2019, the QMT’s first pantomime in many years, we are delighted to have been asked back to direct this year’s panto. Dick Whittington is a tale known and loved by children everywhere, and follows one young man’s attempt to make a better life for himself. Along the way he meets the love of his life, new friends, and of course his wonderful cat. However, the evil King Rat attempts to thwart his plans to make something of himself by framing Dick as the villain of the piece. Will good triumph over evil? Will King Rat end up paying the price for his wrong doings? Will the cast learn the songs and dances (it’s just walking) in time for opening night? Of course they will – this is pantomime!

Characters:

  • Dick Whittington (M/F) our hero with a heart of gold going to London to seek his fortune. Strong singer
  • Alice Fitzwarren (F) the leading female and love interest. Daughter of Alderman Fitzwarren and the apple of his eye. Also the object of Dick’s desires. Strong singer
  • Alderman Fitzwarren (M) Wealthy London shopkeeper, Alice’s father.
  • King Rat (M/F) the baddy – has a song, but more important they can portray the character
  • Fairy of the Bells (F) has a song, again more about the character
  • Idle Jack (M/F) – needs good comic timing and rapport with the audience, has a song
  • Sarah the cook (M) – the Dame.
  • Captain McBoatface (M/F) – Captain of the Alderman’s ship, half of the comedy duo
  • Master Bob (M/F) – first mate to the Captain and other half of the comedy duo
  • Plus an ensemble of Londoners / Ships Crew / Islanders of all ages who can smile – singing and dancing is also required.

 

 

Directors: Richard and Dee Lovelock

Choreographer: Sarah Albert

Musical Director: TBC

Scripts available on request –

 

Audition Notice: Company – A Comedy Musical

Audition Dates
  • 7th February 2023 at 7:45 pm
  • 9th February 2023 at 7:45 pm
Performance Dates
22nd to 27th May 2023
Rehearsals
Rehearsals will be on Tues and Thurs, with some Sundays as needed

COMPANY

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by George Furth

Directed by Elliott Bunker | Musical Direction by Sarah Farrar

Choreography and Movement by Katie Milward

AUDITION DATES: 7th & 9th February 2023

PERFORMANCE DATES: 22nd to 27th May 2023

 

Opening on Broadway in 1970, Company with music and lyrics by the late Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth went on to receive 14 Tony Award nominations (a record at the time) and ended up winning six of them, including Best Musical.

Originally a series of individual scenes written by Furth, it wasn’t until Sondheim showed them to his friend and collaborator Hal Prince that he said they would make a good musical. So, Sondheim got to work and tied them all together around a central character celebrating their 35th birthday and dealing with the challenges of modern life and the struggles of dating, marriage, and divorce. This central character shared the stage with 5 married couples and three love interests.

In the original production and all subsequent versions right up to 2018, the central character was male, Robert. But when director Marianne Elliott decided to stage a revival, she approached Sondheim with some ideas to change a few things. Sondheim loved the revisions so much he came on board and rewrote parts of the show to bring it bang up to date. In those revisions the central male character was switched to a female, Bobbie and the production featured a same-sex couple…and it is this revised version we will be staging at The QMT. In fact, we will be one of the first amateur societies to do so and I cannot tell you how excited I am!

The show takes place in central New York and in this production, I hope to be able to transform the main auditorium into a multi-layered performance space by removing the main stage and building a large bridge which connects either side of the stage which the actors can walk over, under and around in all the various scenes and musical numbers.

In total I will need 14 performers, who can all sing (the harmonies are gorgeous, but a challenge!), act (the scenes are equally comedic and emotional) and move/dance (there are at least 4 large production numbers).

But this challenge is a shared one and we have an amazing creative team in place, with Sarah Farrar coming in from Luton to be the musical director and our own Katie Rallison putting everyone through their paces with the movement.

The characters are as follows:

Bobbie –                             female with an acting age of 35

Joanne –                             female with an acting age of 50-70

Larry –                                male married to Joanne with an acting age of 50-70

Jamie & Paul –                  male couple with an acting age of 30-40

Sarah –                               female with an acting age of 30-50

Harry –                               male, married to Sarah with an acting age of 30-50

Jenny –                               female with an acting age of 30-50

David –                               male, married to Jenny with an acting age of 30-50

Susan –                               female with an acting age of 30-50

Peter –                                male, married to Susan with an acting age of 30-50

Andy, PJ, Theo –               male, the “love interests” of Bobbie with an acting age of 25-40

                                             One of the “love interests” could be female and add to the diversity

 

Despite being written more than 50 years ago, this musical is still fresh and relevant to modern audiences and modern life and five years on from the most recent revival I’m excited about exploring more opportunities to bring the modern world into our own production.

Nearer the time, more information will be added to this page, including any preparation required for the auditions, but if you have any questions, please get in touch with me at

Audition Notice: Double Acts by John Finnemore

Audition Dates
  • 22nd August 2022 at 7:30 pm
  • 24th August 2022 at 7:30 pm
Performance Dates
25th OCTOBER – 29TH OCTOBER 2022 in the Richard Whitmore Studio
Rehearsals
Mondays and Wednesdays

From award-winning director Harry Harding and writer John Finnemore, creator & star of popular radio series’ Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, comes not one, not two, but three hilarious plays from the Double Acts series.

Double Acts was a series of radio comedies produced for BBC Radio 4. It is an anthology series of two-handers. Each episode features only two main speaking parts and is a self-contained play, …although some of them are loosely connected. John Finnemore told me that he had unwittingly connected some of the episodes from his first series, some obvious, others with very subtle hints. The connection? Baths! Specifically, the company is known as Willard & Sons Bath Suppliers. It is where Adele & Kerry from Wysinnwyg, Joel from Red Handed, and Barnaby & ‘Sarah’ from Hot Desk all work, and it also provides the setting for two of the three plays…

Act One – Wysinnwyg (Comedy/Drama)

In Wysinnwyg, it’s Kerry’s first day in the Sales Support Department of Willard & Son Bath Suppliers – where she meets her horrific new boss Adele for the very first time.

“In the game of office politics, what you see is not necessarily what you get…”

Characters:

    • Adele – An S1 admin assistant in the Sales Support Department (Female, mature)
    • Kerry – Her new S2 (Female, young adult)

Act Two – Red Handed (Comedy/Thriller)

In Red Handed, Joel comes home unexpectedly early from work one day to find an unusual visitor in the shape of Henry, an older gentleman dressed in a suit…who just happens to be burgling Joel’s house.

“Keep your wits about you, put the kettle on, and prepare yourself…for Henry”

Characters:

    • Henry – A burglar (Male, mature)
    • Joel – His victim (Male, young adult)

Act Three – Hot Desk (Comedy/Romance)

In Hot Desk, for a few minutes, twice a day, at precisely seven in the morning and seven in the evening, a receptionist and a security guard meet to swap ownership of a desk…which blossoms into an unusual relationship.

“A charming comedy of awkward romance, See you at seven!”

Characters:

    • Barnaby – The security guard (Male, young adult)
    • ‘Sarah’ – The receptionist (Female, young adult)

Character genders are as stated and will not change.

This production will be a triple-feature, with Wysinnwyg as Act 1, Red Handed as Act 2, and Hot Desk as Act 3. These are only 30-minute plays (probably extended to 40 minutes with action) but as they are two-handers, there are quite a few lines to learn! But don’t let that put you off, these charming little plays are all written beautifully with sharp, witty and funny dialogue.

YOU will be joining a very small group of actors who have played these characters in a live stage version. More people have walked on the moon than have played these roles before! That, my friends, is something worth being a part of!

So, if you would like to join John Finnemore’s bizarre, hilarious theatrical universe then come along to our auditions.

Scripts available on request: 07549042391 /

Director: Harry Harding

Audition Notice: The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth

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The Ferryman

by Jez Butterworth

Directed By David Lester

Performance dates: Monday 26th September to Saturday 1st Oct 2022 at the QMT

Audition dates: 6th June at 10am and 14th & 16th June at 7.45pm

 UPDATED INFORMATION: 

Audition pieces are now highlighted in red in the casting document available via the link on this page. Also, it will not be essential for actors to have mastered the Northern irish accent for the auditions as a voice coach will be working with the cast during rehearsals.

Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest.  A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

Much praise has been lavished on Jez Butterworth’s writing, including several ‘Best Play’ awards in the UK and US. The play is about Quinn Carney, a loving father whose life has been haunted by the unexplained disappearance of his brother Seamus, leaving him and his distant wife Mary to take in his brother’s vivacious wife Caitlin who always clung to the possibility Seamus would return. But a body has been found preserved in a bog, and a watchful peace made possible by uncertainly is about to end.

Each character has their moment on stage, but despite the large cast and interwoven plot lines it remains intimate, set in the kitchen  of a single Armagh farmhouse in 1981. It is a play about a mystical idea of Ireland in which fairies and banshees and magic all exist, somewhere. It is a play about youthful idealism and brutal adult pragmatism. It’s also a love story. And like most of Butterworth’s work, it is funny as it builds to a devastating climax.

All are well rounded characters in the play. which stands comparison with Butterworth’s other major hit, Jerusalem. On the following pages are descriptions of all the characters with their acting ages and backgrounds. If you do not know the play it’s well worth  checking out clips of the West End production and in particular, interviews with Jez Butterworth about his play on YouTube.

The Character:

  • Quinn Carney – Male, 40’s
  • Caitlin Carney – Female, 30’s
  • Mary Carney – Female, late 30’s
  • Aunt Patricia Carney – Female, Late 70’s
  • Uncle Patrick Carney – Male, 70’s
  • Aunt Maggie Faraway – Female, Late 70’s-80’s
  • Muldoon – Male, 40’s
  • Frank Magennis – Male, 20’s
  • Tom Kettle – Male, 40’s
  • Father Horrigan – Male, 50’s
  • James Joseph Carney (JJ) – Male, mid teens
  • Michael Carney – Male, mid teens
  • Shena Carney – Female, mid teens
  • Nunu (Nuala) Carney – Female, 11
  • Olson Carney – Male, mid teens
  • Shane Corcoran – Male, mid to late teens
  • Diarmaid Corcoran – Male, mid to late teens
  • Lawrence Malone – Male, 20’s
  • Declan Corcoran – Male, early to mid teens
  • Honor Carney – Female, 7
  • Mercy Carney – Female, 9

For a full character breakdown and audition pieces – Casting – The Ferryman – Audition Pieces

Scripts are available from the theatre or an online scan of the script has been made available via this link

For more information contact :

Audition Notice: Eigengrau by Penelope Skinner

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Eigengrau by Penelope Skinner

Directed by Violet Morris

In The Richard Whitmore Studio

  • Auditions:  Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March 2022 at 7:45pm
  • Performances: Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June 2022.
  • Rehearsal Nights: (TBC)

THE PLAY

Eigengrau/ [ay-gen-gr-ow]/ noun. Intrinsic light; the colour seen by the eye in perfect darkness.

Feminist activist Cassie is engaged in a fervent struggle against patriarchal oppression. Her new flatmate Rose believes in true love and leprechauns. Across London, Mark believes in the power of marketing. His flatmate Tim Muffin is engaged in a fervent struggle just to get out of bed. Mark goes home with Rose and meets Cassie. When circumstance throws them together, all four have their beliefs tested to devastating effect in a biting black comedy about trying to connect in a city where Gumtree can sometimes feel like your closest friend.

 

DIRECTORS TAKE

This is going to be a really exciting play, all about relationships, friendships and feminism. I’m hoping to include lots of physical aspects and music, alongside Skinner’s quick fiery dialogue. A small cast will create an intimate connection with the audience allowing the thought provoking power dynamics, relationships and subject matter to create a lasting effect on the audience.

I have some scenes for Rose, Cassie, Mark and Tim which I can email to you to give you a feel for the characters and the play itself – please email me.  On the audition day you can either specify which part you’d like to be considered for or you can audition for both!

 

THE ROLES

  • Cassie: Strong willed and engaged in a fervent struggle against patriarchal oppression, Cassie is a feminist activist who’s story begins when she moves into a flat with someone she found off of gumtree.
  • Rose: A believer in true love and leprechauns, Rose’s passion for all things fantasy sometimes clouds her vision from reality. Her contrast to Cassie makes for a complex relationship and uncomfortable dilemmas.
  • Mark: Mark believes in the power of Marketing, he is a smooth talking public school boy who’s only real interest is himself.
  • Tim:  Tim’s engaged in a fervent struggle just to get out of bed. He is a man who can’t let go of the ashes of his late Nan. He lives with Mark in a flat in London and when all hope seems lost, he begins to fall in love.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Extracts of the play for you to sample available from Violet:  . Copies of scripts will be available to borrow on Tuesday 15 February, but must be returned before the Audition date.

Audition Notice: Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall

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Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall
Directed by Nicki Pope
Movement by Katie Rallison

Rehearsals will be on Tues and Thurs, with some Sunday mornings up to the opening. Tec will be on the 13th May with Dress on 15th May.
Performance Dates – 16th -21st May

Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this enchanting, hilarious, romantic stage play reimagines William Shakespeare’s creative process – and explores his inspiration – as he writes Romeo and Juliet.

We all know William Shakespeare as a brilliant, imaginative, funny, trendsetting playwright whose work has held up the test of time better than any other. We know he lived in the 16th century and that he performed plays for the Queen, but how did Shakespeare become the Shakespeare we know today? In this exciting play by Lee Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, we get to witness a version of what might have been. Did Shakespeare have writer’s block from time to time? Did he need a muse to write his famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet? Lee Hall’s version of this successful screenplay follows the same story of Shakespeare meeting and falling in love with a aristocratic woman named Viola De Lesseps who wishes she could be an actor, and transforms it for the stage, just as Shakespeare did with stories in his day. It is funny, clever, filled with references to Shakespeare’s work, and a delight for theatre goers of all ages.

Cast
Will Shakespeare
Viola De Lesseps
Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe
Philip Henslowe
Lord Wessex
Ned Alleyn
Edmund Tilney
Richard Burbage
Nurse
Hugh Fennyman
Wabash
Sam
John Webster
Ralph
Queen Elizabeth I of England
Sir Robert De Lesseps
Molly and Kate

The principal characters are Will and Viola – however the supporting cast will all have the opportunity to shine with some very meaty characters to portray – there may be some doubling of parts, depending on who auditions.

As with all my productions, we will explore the period and the characters, and as an ensemble bring Elizabethan England to the QMT.

Books will be available shortly, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Once more unto the breach dear friends….

Nicki Pope

Audition Notice: Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle, and Dick – by Terry Johnson

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About the Play

In 1964 a fifty-one-year-old man meets a twenty-seven-year-old woman at work.

She’s young, buxom, blonde, pretty. And just about to get married…

Over the years, as they work together, the two grow closer; they become friends. He becomes obsessed with her. She promises him one night of lust in Brighton. Just one night.  Just to get it out of his system.

He takes her up on her offer and then begins one of the most well-known secret affairs of the twentieth century.

He was Sid James.

She was Barbara Windsor.

Terry Johnson’s biographical play follows the affair from their first meeting all the way to its conclusion. Focusing on the events during the making of four Carry On films, and all set in a leaky and distinctly unglamourous caravan. It’s funny, touching and ultimately tragically sad as the lives of these icons of British comedy are put under the theatrical microscope.

 

CAST

From the outset, it’s important to recognise that whilst four of the characters were real people, three of these characters are iconic public figures and even to this day they remain well-known to millions.

But I am not looking for people who look like them, or asking people to do impressions of them. I am looking for people who can work at developing these characters to bring them to life on the stage. The ages are just a guide – it is a period piece, and much can be done with performance, costume, and make up.

    • Sid James – Comedy actor. Also, a gambler and womaniser. Not a fan of Kenneth. (Age late 40s – 60s)
    • Kenneth Williams – Comedy actor. Bitter at the lack of recognition of his own acting genius. Good friend to Barbera. Not a fan of Sid. (Age late 30s to 50s).
    • Barbara Windsor – Actress. Eastender. She is confident and strong from the outset but also vulnerable. (Age 25-40)
    • Sally – Sid’s young dresser. She puts up with Sid’s endless demands (Age 18-30)
    • Imogen Hassell – A young actress looking for her break. Naïve. (Age 18-25)
    • Eddie – Barbara’s driver and bodyguard. An Eastend heavy. (Age 40s/50s)

 

Notes About the Auditions

Scripts will be shortly available by the box office with a signing in and out list. Please try not to keep them too long, as numbers are limited.

For those interested in auditioning please look at the first act/scene (with the exception of Eddie who is only in the later scenes).

The performance dates are 21st to 26th February 2022

Rehearsal nights will be Mondays and Wednesdays

 

Want to Know More?

Feel free to drop me an email if you want any more information at

Many thanks

Matt

Audition Notice: The Maids by Jean Genet

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THE PLAY
“Dazzling, dangerous and captivatingly queasy” The Guardian
Based very loosely on a notorious 1930s murder case, The Maids is a shocking play with boldlydrawn characters, unreliable narrators and a lot to say about class and gender politics.

Claire and Solange are two maids, trapped in a menial life of service to a Mistress so uncaring that she cannot reliably tell them apart. While she is out of the apartment, they enact vicious erotic fantasies of murdering her, by dressing in her clothes and taking turns to play at being her and each other.

When she returns before they have fully cleaned up from their games, the Maids realise they must turn the fantasy into reality to save themselves. But how can they, when she has all the power and they have none?

DIRECTORS TAKE
This play has immense contemporary resonance in two distinct ways: the conversation around breaking down traditional gender constructs; and the corrosive approach of extreme inequality on society.

My intention is to create a show that delivers a real emotional punch and The Maids has the potential to be spectacularly powerful when staged inside the Studio’s ‘black cube!

STAGING
Of all Genet’s works, The Maids (1947) is the one most often revived. It combines respect for theatrical form and language with an absurdist challenge to the audience’s expectations – and comfort.

All three characters are female, but they have historically been played by either gender. Although we go into the auditions with a preference for casting a man as the Mistress and women as the two maids, we remain open-minded and invite any Bancroft Players member to read for any role. It is essential to remember that the characters will be played as female whatever the casting – this is not an opportunity for Panto-style exaggeration!

We are using the modern translation of the text by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews. It contains a large amount of strong language – and three equally strong characters that will reward a cast willing to improvise and workshop a non-naturalistic style during the rehearsal process. We will be setting this production in the 1980s.

THE ROLES
All roles can be played by any gender or age, but the characters themselves have fixed genders and ages. Any discrepancy between cast and character is exactly the effect Genet intended…

The Mistress: playing gender/age female/20-35. Wealthy, capricious, shallow and sometimes brutally dismissive of her maids, the Mistress has all the money and luxury her heart could desire. Like a modern-day Footballer’s Wife, however, she hasn’t earned it and isn’t quite sure she deserves it.

Solange and Claire: playing gender/age female/30s. Maids, and sisters (although not necessarily blood sisters). In their enactments of the Mistress’s murder they sometimes play as each other, and the roles are somewhat similar. Solange is the older sister, a self-loathing masochist who is the more resentful of Madame, with a long and powerful monologue near the end of the play. Claire is slightly more sympathetic to the Mistress, but is also capable of brutally cruel impersonations of her. While Solange hates the Mistress, Claire wants to be her.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Audition extracts available from Lisa.
Contact: Lisa Hutchins on 07544214477

Audition Notice: The Snow Queen

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Our Christmas show is a new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s wonderful story – The Snow Queen. Gerda’s friend Kai disappears one day after the Snow Queen meets him. She puts a splinter of ice into his heart so that he cannot remember his home or anyone he knows. Gerda goes to find her friend and, on the way, enlists the help of all those she meets. Will she get to Kai on time or will he stay a prisoner forever in the frozen castle?

There is a long list of characters. Much of the story though can be played by an ensemble who take on the many roles. Of course we will need someone to play Gerda and Kai and the Snow Queen herself in all her chilling power! Which means there are lots of opportunities to act.

This is a funny and touching show – just like the original story. With some songs to cheer us on. It will truly be a magical evening for the audience and for everyone involved.

We are casting across the Bancroft Players, Big Spirit Youth Theatre and the Juniors so all the generations of the Society can work together.

Audition Notice: THE WASP by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

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Audition dates: Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th August 2021

Performance dates: Tuesday 9th November to Saturday 13th November 2021

Rehearsal nights: Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

The Wasp

by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, is a densely coiled two-hander.

 

Heather and Carla haven’t seen each other since school. Their lives have taken very different paths – Carla lives a hand to-mouth existence while Heather has a high-flying career, husband and a beautiful home. And yet, here they are in a café having tea and making awkward conversation. That is until Heather presents Carla with a bag containing a significant amount of cash and an unexpected proposition.

 

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s electric play asks how far beyond the playground we carry our childhood experiences and to what lengths some people are willing to go in order to come to terms with them.

 

Characters: Carla and Heather both in their late twenties or early thirties.

 

Scripts: Please contact Keith Swainston to borrow a copy of the script or to obtain further information on

07799 803623 or