by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Phillip Ley.
Audition Dates : Monday 8th August, Thursday 11th August and Sunday 14th August
Performance dates and venue :
Evenings at 7.30 : Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th and Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th November
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 5th and 12th November
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Audition dates and times :
Auditions will take place on Monday 8th August from 7.30, Thursday 11th August from 7.30 and onSunday 14th August from 11.00 at the Tower Theatre.
Recall auditions may be convened and will be by invite from the director only.
Please read the script before auditioning! Specific audition passages for individual characters will be available soon.
If you are unable to make the audition dates shown or if you have any questions about the auditions/play, please contact the Director, Phillip Ley. Auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
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The Director writes:
What it says on the back of the script!
Six aspiring authors meet on a winter’s evening to discuss their work. The chairman, Arnold, attempts to persuade the group to collaborate on a piece of writing, an idea that is quickly dismissed. However, as Arnold is clearing up after the meeting there is a clap of thunder, a blackout – and then the story that would have resulted from their collaboration takes place before his very eyes. Sharp comedy and affectionate satire characterise this zany, imaginative play.
What the Director says
Without going into the whys and wherefores of this play, it’s a fun concept of introducing a small group of writers into their own genres of writing.
The first act introduces the writers, exploring their own individual styles and idiosyncrasies with comic and forthright simplicity. The second act bursts into three different periods, each following a separate storyline resembling farce. The ending….well you’ll have to read it to believe it!
The skills of the actors and production team will be put to the test, trying to keep the audience clear on how these strands are progressing whilst maintaining pace, energy and costume changes!
In keeping with the best traditions of the Tower Theatre we are looking for a hard working, inspirational and energetic cast. Most of the characters will be required to perform multiple accents
Arnold Hassock : Chairman, Shop Assistant, Writing style – factual. Arnold claims he is the ‘chair’ of this writing group ‘mainly because other people don’t want to do it’, but his supportive nature belies this simplistic view. (Playing age: Late forties). Remains in this character throughout the play.
Jess Bales : Farmer, Writing style – Historical Romance. Runs a smallholding and therefore has an outdoor glow. Enjoys a relationship with Polly and appears to be a bit of a man hater! (Playing age: Forties). Other roles: Victorian – Miss Norris – Tutor/Governess, 1930’s – Connie Cater – a cook (husband to Run the Gardener)
Grace Sims : Housewife, Writing style – Children’s fiction. A pale and fraught town dweller. Put upon family with a boy and girl and Jeff, a possible wife beater? (Playing age: Forties). Other roles: Victorian – Mrs Boon – a cook, 1930’s – Mavis Green – Sister of dead Elaine, Present day – Rhona Reed (Rex van Ecks’s Asistant)
Vivvi Dickens : Journalist, Writing style – Crime fiction. Effusive and attractive. (Playing age: Thirties). Other roles: Victorian – Mrs Dimchurch – Housekeeper, 1930’s – DS Fiona Longstaff, Present Day – Solo (Rex van Ecks’s nubile assistant)
Clem Pepp : Council worker, Writing style – Science fiction. A silent, rather awkward man. Possibly described as a nerd. (Playing age: Thirties). Other roles: Victorian – Dudley Carstairs – The Nephew, 1930’s – DCI Jim Rash, Present Day – Zap (Rex van Ecks’s assistant)
Brevis Winterton : Retired school teacher, Writing style – Musical adaptations. Irascible and generally tetchy. (Playing age: Sixties). Other roles: Victorian – DR Thomas Goodpiece – Physician and long term friend of Arnold, owner of Hassock Hall, 1930’s – Run Cater (Gardener), Present Day – Rex van Ecks
Ilsa Wolby : Shop assistant. (Playing age: About eighteen). Other roles: Victorian – Ilsa – Ward of Arnold, 1930’s – Isla – Housemaid
Note: These are all ‘playing’ ages. If you think you look, or could look with a little help the age of the character then we’d be pleased to see you.
Rehearsals will take place on weekday evenings and weekends from the 1st September 2022 to the run of the play..
The get-in, technical and dress rehearsals will be on Sunday 30th October, Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November.
Phillip Ley first appeared on the Tower stage as a dead body in a sack over half a century ago and in one way or another he has been associated with the company ever since. He gravitated towards the technical side starting with Sound Design and Stage Management and more recently Set Design most notably Blood Wedding, The Slab Boys, The Voysey Inheritance, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Telstar, The Producers, Sailor Beware!, Eigengrau, Chancers and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. His directing credits for the Tower include Talk Radio, Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Sex Drugs Rock’n’Roll, Telstar and Sailor Beware! He has also devised The Tower Theatre Blues Brothers show and The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue. His musicals Paradise (a Rock’n’Roll Fable) and Return of the Marionettes have both played in London and toured to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. He has performed as bassist in many of the recent Tower musical forays including Little Shop of Horrors, Paradise (a Rock’n’Roll Fable), Smokey Joe’s Café, Lark Rise, The Boy Friend, The Producers and Return of the Marionettes.
Director and Set Design : Phillip Ley
Lighting Design : Andrew Maxted
Assistant Set Designer : Katrina Mitsi
We are looking for the following technical roles:
Assistant Stage Manager
Note: This is a technically challenging play so continuity would be preferable although don’t rule yourself out just on that score. If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact the Director, Phillip Ley.