Readings & Auditions
Readings and auditions take place at the Swan
Following a play reading, audition pieces are
given out. There are usually 2 audition dates, however if you are
unable to make either date you may be able to arrange an
alternative with the Director. Auditions are relaxed and fun and
rarely involve the learning of an audition piece, although
familiarity with it and some characterisaton are expected. You will
be informed as soon as possible if you have been successful in
securing a part, usually once the whole play is cast.
It is not Swan policy to
telephone people and invite them to audition so, if you would like
to be in a show, please do come along to the reading and the
The rehearsal period is
approximately 8 weeks of 2-3 rehearsals per week, although this may
increase over the 2 weeks and the weekend preceding
PLAY: NIGHT MUST FALL by Emlyn Williams
Directed by Richard
Production dates - 16th to 21st
Reading: Tuesday 3rd December
at 7.30 pm
Auditions: Sunday 8th December
at 2.30 pm and Tuesday 10th December at 7.30 pm
Night Must Fall is a classic 1930s thriller - brooding,
suspenseful and psychological but with a surprising amount of
satire and dark humour as well. There are eight parts in total, 5
female and 3 male, with a range of ages from 18-70. All the
characters are vividly drawn and have an essential part to play in
the drama, from the main roles of Dan, Mrs Bramson and Olivia down
to the brief, scene-stealing appearances of Nurse Libby.
Dan: The psychopathic villain of the piece, Dan is always
acting, a master manipulator who manages to charm and hoodwink
every other character. A real challenge of physicality and
psychology. Age 20-35.
Mrs Bramson: A stern, moralistic spinster who rules her house
with a rod of iron but nonetheless falls for Dan's charm along with
everyone else. A great character role. Age 50-70.
Olivia Grayne: Mrs Bramson's rather bookish niece, who is
desperate to escape from her dreary life as Mrs B's companion. The
first one to suspect that Dan may be a murderer but still drawn
into his web. Age 25-40.
Mrs. Terence: The straight-talking cook. Loves to gossip and
won't take any nonsense from anyone, including Mrs Bramson. Age
Dora Parkoe: Mrs Bramson's maid, a humble working-class girl,
who is pregnant with Dan's child. Somewhat nervous, clumsy and
confused. Age 18-25.
Hubert Laurie: A decent, steady sort of chap who has proposed to
Olivia and can't understand why she won't accept. Provides much of
the humour of the play. Age 30-45.
Inspector Belsize: A Scotland Yard detective called in to
investigate the recent murder, his affable exterior hides a
razor-sharp mind. Age 40-60.
Nurse Libby: Mrs Bramson's nurse, unfazed by any ailment or
eventuality. Age 30-50.