Audition Notice The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Directed by Angharad Ormond

Performance Dates & Times :
Wednesday 10th - Saturday 13th July and Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th July at 7.30
Matinées on Saturdays 13th and 20th July at 3.00
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


The first audtion is for members only
The second audition is open to anyone.
Non-members must pay the £20 audition fee before the auditions.
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Audition Dates & Times :
Auditions will take place on Monday 4th and Thursday 7th March at 7.00 at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington.

The first audition (Mar 4th) is for Tower Theatre Company Members only. The second audition (March 7th) is open to anyone. We are particularly interested in seeing musicians with good movement skills to be part of this ensemble company.

Auditions will take place in a workshop format using ensemble and movement-based exercises. For this reason there is a LIMITED number of spaces available at each audition. To book an audition place please contact Angharad Ormond.
Text extracts to be used at the auditions are here.
Recall auditions will take place on Saturday 9th March and are by invitation only.

If you plan to audition, follow this link to the audition form.
Please complete and print it to bring along with you.

Rehearsals : There will be three full day rehearsals (10.00 - 6.00) on March 17th, 24th and 31st which will focus on ensemble building, devising and storytelling techniques. During this period the company will also be expected to undertake research and text analysis work in preparation for the adapting/devising process which will begin in April.
Rehearsals will then take place on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 - 10.00 and on Sundays from 10.00 to 6.00.
Given the nature of the rehearsing process all company members are expected to attend all rehearsals. Please consider whether you are able to attend the majority of rehearsals before auditioning. If you wish to discuss with the director please contact Angharad prior to auditioning.

All cast and crew will be required on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th July for the get-in and technical rehearsals. Therefore, you may need to take these days off work. The dress rehearsals will take place on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July at 7.30.

If you have any questions about the play or the production, or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown please contact the Director, Angharad Ormond.

Angharad Ormond

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.
"This highly original production bursts with energy, utilising puppetry, music, singing, and choreographed movement so, at times, it resembles a futuristic Les Miserables." - Camden New Journal on 1984
"The Tower's production is a finely-crafted piece of storytelling, and under Angharad Ormond's shrewd direction becomes a haunting evocation of a troubled childhood." - Filmic Forays on Kindertransport

Set and Costume Design : Rachel Elfassy
Sound Design : Jacqui Dickson
Stage Manager : Steph Siraut
Assistant Directors : Ian Hoare and Brenda Naso
Musical Director : Rosie Hayes

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.

Cast Required
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.

Production Team

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.