Audition Notice Deposit

by Matt Hartley

Directed by Penny Tuerk

Performance Dates & Times :
Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th April and Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th April at 7.30
Matinées on Saturdays 6th and 13th April at 3.00
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
 

 

These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
Click here for details.

Audition Dates & Times :
Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th January at 7.00, at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Recalls on Tuesday 15th January, if required.

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

All cast and crew will be required all day on Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April and in the evening of Tuesday 2nd April for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals.

Rehearsals will take place on weekday evenings and weekends starting from late January. As the four actors are all on stage most of the time please be prepared for quite an intensive schedule.

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, Penny Tuerk.

Penny Tuerk

Penny Tuerk joined the Tower Theatre Company in 1970. In the past year she has directed Di and Viv and Rose at Theatro Technis, appeared as Time in The Winter's Tale and the Chorus in Henry V, operated sound for Wolf Hall and spent quite a lot of time in the Box Office, so you've probably seen her around.
Set Design : Laurence Tuerk
Stage Manager : Alison Liney

The director writes :

Two young couples, desperate to get on the London property ladder, agree to rent a tiny one bedroom flat together for a year in the hope of saving enough for a deposit. They start out full of enthusiasm, but the experience tests their friendship, relationships and even their dreams to the limit and beyond.

Matt Hartley's acutely observed and grimly humorous play shines a pitiless light into the world of Generation Rent and asks some difficult questions about the realities of living and working in London.

The four roles all provide terrific opportunities to create interesting and believable characters and if you enjoy working in a closely-knit team this is the show for you.

The characters are :
Playing age needs to be late 20s - early 30s. Characters can be of any ethnicity.
Rachel Maguire, primary schoolteacher. Committed to her chosen career and to the inner city children she teaches. Burdened with an over-developed sense of personal responsibility for everyone's welfare.
Ben Edwards, civil service press officer. Rachel's long-term partner. Reliable, conscientious. (He's the one who always remembers to buy the loo paper) but not a high-flyer. His 35th birthday focuses his inner fear that he will never be able to achieve the London life-style he always assumed he would have.
Melanie Crawford, marketing officer. Rachel's best friend from uni. Now earns considerably more than Rachel and enjoys a more glamorous way of life. Her contribution to making savings is to cut up her Whistles store card. She finds the enforced austerity very hard to bear.
Sam Grant, doctor. Slightly younger than the others. He has fairly recently become Melanie's partner after she ended an abusive relationship. Sam has fought his way to his present position from a disadvantaged childhood. He is super self-confident, ruthlessly determined and can be outspoken.

In the original production Rachel was black British and the other three were white British. However, this is not essential to the play. These modern young Londoners can be of any ethnicity.

Please read the play before auditioning. An electronic version is available from the Director or a printed copy can be bought from Nick Hern Books. You need the edition with a overhead view of a floor plan and four people on the cover.