Show Auditions : Bertha and Hal

by Joyce Mulvey. Directed by Katie Smith.

This is one of three new plays being presented together as Spring Forward, directed by members of the Tower’s New Director Scheme.

Performance dates and venue :
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm. Matinée on Saturday 9 March at 3pm.
To be performed in the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Audition dates and time :
Thursday 4 January from 6pm and Saturday 6 January from 3.30pm at the Tower Theatre.

To book an audition, discuss the play and receive a digital copy of the script please contact the Director, Katie Smith.
Please note that the script is still in draft form and there may be minor changes, these will be made in the first few weeks of rehearsal if required.
Auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.

If you would like to join the Company, please click here for more information.

About the Play:
It’s 9 August 1974 in a suburb in Orange County, Southern California. Gerald Ford has just been sworn in as the 38th President of the United States of America. A woman eagerly awaits a visit from her son and grandson. Her son has something he needs to tell her; something that makes her reflect on her past and her role in their family.
A play about family conflict, loneliness, letting go of the past, and whether it’s possible to build a new future.

Cast required:
Bertha (Female, playing age 50 White American) : An American widow who is an extreme version of 1970’s housewife. Her views and opinions are often at odds with her son’s more modern perspective particularly of gender roles and family life. She has a strained relationship with Hal’s wife, her daughter-in-law. Mother to two sons, the eldest died in the Vietnam war. .
Hal (Male, playing age 27 White American) : The youngest son of Bertha. Happily married with a young son. There is a lingering sense of his hippy past. A pacifist.
An accent coach will be provided.

Rehearsals will run on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:00pm and Saturday afternoons 14:00 – 17:00 from 16 January.
In order to delve into the characters’ pasts and their relationship much of the initial exploratory work will be done through improvisation so actors need to be comfortable with this process.
All cast and crew required for the get in, technical and dress rehearsals on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 March.

Katie Smith

Since joining the Tower Theatre in 2013 Katie Smith has performed in several productions including Under The Blue Sky, An Enemy of the People, Clybourne Park, Sherlock Holmes, Sweat, Penny from Heaven (the Tower’s Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid festival), Passing the Spoon, Waiting for Grotto for the Tower’s Writers’ Room, Lynndie (in a fetching clown costume) in Lynndie’s Gotta Gun and, most recently, The Gift. Katie has assistant directed on the Tower productions of Frankenstein and Antigone; this is her first production as director.

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