Bouncers by John Godber; Shakers by Jane Thornton and John Godber. Directed by Ruth Sullivan
Audition Date : Saturday 13th November
Performance dates and venue :
Evenings at 7.30 : Thursday 10th – Saturday 26th March (no performances Sundays & Mondays)
Matinées at 3.00 on Saturdays 12th, 19th & 26th March
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
(Bouncers and Shakers will be performed in repertory, with each play being performed on alternate nights over the three week run. Saturday performances will see both plays performed as a double bill. All actors need to be at each performance for pre-show action.)
Both plays require the actors to play multiple roles, taking us on a journey through the lives – and loves – of the doormen, waitresses and punters of the local disco and wine bar. The pace is fast and furious with broad-stroke stereotypes juxtaposed by some moving insights into the character’s real lives. The performers will need to be energetic and versatile, and really up for a challenge! There’s a lot of quick fire dialogue so you will need to learn the text quickly so as to give us freedom to create the staging. An intimate knowledge of early 80s music is not essential but will prove very useful …
Audition dates and times :
Auditions will take place on Saturday 13th November at the Tower Theatre between 1.00 – 5.00 with recalls on Monday 15th November at 6.30. Please contact the Director, Ruth Sullivan, to find out more and reserve your place. Auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
If you would like to join the Company, please click here for more information.
Bouncers cast : Ralph, Judd, Les and Lucky Eric
Shakers cast : Adele, Carol, Mel and Nicki
You must read the script before auditioning! The script for both plays is easily available online and there will be a reading copy at the theatre if you’d like to have a quick look. It will be in the pigeon holes under S – please don’t remove it from the theatre as someone else may like to read it!
Both writers have a wonderfully egalitarian attitude towards their work, stating in their Authors’ Notes that each production should feel free to adapt the script and make it their own. Before rehearsals start in earnest we will workshop ideas and generally get the feel for all things B&S in order to create our own working scripts. This will be on the weekend of 11th & 12th December.
Rehearsals will begin on Thursday 8th January and take place on the following days :
Tuesdays 6.30 – 9.30
(Wednesdays 6.30 – 9.30)
Thursdays 6.30- 9.30
Saturdays 1.00 – 6.00
More rehearsals will be arranged once casts are confirmed.
The get-in is on Sunday 6th March with technical rehearsals on Monday 7th March and dress rehearsals on Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th March.
Ruth Sullivan has been a Tower member for 14 years and has performed, directed, choreographed and designed sound for many productions in that time. Her most recent play as a director for the Tower was King Charles III which was a large scale ensemble piece but she does have some experience of monologues, having performed in Happy Days. During the lockdown she was part of Virtual Tower and the Tower podcast, both directing and performing. As a Foley Artist she’s usually found in a dark studio, making sounds for TV drama and film (as well as an occasional foray into radio) and regularly works with directors such as Katie Mitchell and Simon McBurney to create and perform live theatre sound. She’s one of the Tower’s three Artistic Directors.