by Joe Penhall
Directed by Colette Dockery
Performance Dates & Times :
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th July at 7.30
Matinée on Saturday 7th July at 3.00
to be performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate
These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
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Audition Dates & Times :
Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March at 7.30 in the St Bride Institute (above the Bridewell Theatre), Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.
There are likely to be recalls.
Rehearsals will take place from early May to the run. Exact dates to be determined, but there will be up to three rehearsals
on weekdays, plus one on Sat/Sun.
All cast and crew will be required on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July all day for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals.
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, Colette Dockery.
Colette Dockery has been a member of the Tower since 1990. Starting as an actor, she
first directed around 15 years ago. Some previous productions include Oleanna, Mojo, The Slab Boys, The Vortex, Two and
The Woman who Cooked her Husband.
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Andy Peregrine
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Stage Manager : Moira McSperrin
The director writes :
was first performed around 16 years ago at the National Theatre. It's a brilliant dark comedy set in an
NHS mental hospital in London. It's a three hander, two psychiatrists and a patient and there are great opportunities
here for character work and comic timing.
Christopher, a young black man has been sectioned and is coming to the end of his 28 day stay. Bruce, his psychiatrist,
believes he needs an extended stay in order to deal with what he suspects is Borderline Personality Disorder. Robert, the
senior psychiatrist and to whom Bruce reports is keen to have Christopher leave the unit as he believes he can be released
back into the community and for the reason of lack of beds.
What ensues is a power battle between the two professionals which Christopher uses to his advantage.
The characters are :
(30s) : Young psychiatrist. Ambitious though slightly naïve. Protective of his patient.
: (20-30) The patient. Young black man. Intelligent and manipulative.
: (50-60) Senior psychiatrist. Bruce's mentor. Very confident, suave and arrogant.
Please read the play before auditioning - a copy is available from the Tower Office
or from the Director