|Audition Notice||The Canterbury Tales||
by Geoffrey Chaucer
Angharad Ormond has been a Tower Theatre Company member for over four years and was the winner of the 2017 Frank Smith award which recognises the most outstanding newcomer to the Company. She has been seen on stage as Laura in The Priory, Nell in Little Nell, Daphne in Sailor, Beware! and as Cathy Jackson in the musical The Return of the Marionettes. She trained at the Drama Studio London and began directing for the Tower in 2017 with Kindertransport, shortly followed by an immersive production of 1984. Angharad also works as a Clinical Psychologist and she brings her experiences into her work as a director.
The director writes :
The Canterbury Tales is considered by many as one of the greatest works of literature in the English Language. Written between 1387 and 1400 its popularity was in part down to Chaucer's use of the vernacular and in part down to his portrayal of life in Medieval England.
In the original text we are introduced to 29 pilgrims, from all walks of life, who meet at the Tabard Inn, South London as they set off on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury. The Host, Harry Bailey, proposes each pilgrim tells four stories throughout the journey with the best story-teller winning a meal in his Inn; Thus begins a collection of tales, at times satirical and bawdy, at others pious and poignant.
The Tower Theatre's production will transport the pilgrims to 2019 as a group of travellers head off on a journey. This re-interpretation will use modern vernacular, text, movement and live music as the tales are brought to life by an ensemble company.
We are looking to create an ensemble company of versatile actors and musicians with strong movement skills and an interest/experience in devising and storytelling. This production will be developed in rehearsal working in collaboration with a writer and musical director.
No previous experience of devising or storytelling is necessary. Rehearsals will have a strong focus on these processes and early rehearsals will be about creating a safe space from which to explore ideas. All you need is a playful attitude and a willingness to learn.
We are looking to fill the following roles :
Assistant Stage Manager
Lighting and Sound Operators
We are looking for an aspiring or experienced playwright to collaborate with the creative team and cast members in adapting Chaucer's tales. This will involve working closely alongside the director, assistant directors and musical director in the conceptualization stage, as well as participating during rehearsals to develop the narrative as established through the process of devising. Closing date for expressions of interest in this role is Wednesday 13th February.
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director, Angharad Ormond.