Readings & Auditions
All readings and auditions are open to both members and
non-members and take place at the Swan Theatre at 7.30pm unless
stated otherwise. Please note that should a non-member be offered a
part he/she will be required to join the Swan.
All cast and crew are expected to assist with
support activities such as bar and Front-of-House for other
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, although this is not usually done until 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 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
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
By Edward Albee
Production Dates: 11th - 16th
Reading & Discussion:
Monday 3rd December at 7.30 pm
Auditions: Monday 10th December
at 7.30 pm
George and Martha cordially invite you to an evening of fun and
Considered by many
to be Albee's masterpiece and a seminal work of American
literature, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a brilliantly
original work of art -- an excoriating theatrical experience,
surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire.
George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his
caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a
handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap,
an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and
dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George
and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using
their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the
secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to
Age 46 but looks older (50s). Associate
professor in a university history department. A sad man; he's
married to Martha, he never moved up the ladder, he wrote as failed
novel, he might have accidentally shot his mother and caused his
fathers death, he's too passive and a once loving relationship is
now defined by sarcasm and frequent acrimony.
Martha - Age 52 but looks younger
(40s). The daughter of the president of the University. One of the
most viscous characters in dramatic literature. She drives the
action, launching assault after assault on her husband, is an
alcoholic, attempts to have an affair with a
guest, is discontent, is disappointed with George'
aborted academic career, is cruel and vulnerable and probably hates
'chemistry' betwixt these two will be as important as ability and
suitability. Both take cynical pleasure in
breaking down their guest, the newlyweds;
Nick - Playing age 28. The
handsome new professor with a strong backbone. Not as clean cut as
he makes out; he married Honey for money.
Honey - Playing age; 26. mousey,
plain, bland, unfailingly polite, with a weak stomach, and not
particularly bright. But don't let this description fool you...she
will be a challenge to play.
All four roles are
line heavy and onstage for the vast majority of the play. This will
require a commitment to learning lines and rehearsal
The School For Scandal
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Director: Alan Morris
Production Dates: 6th - 11th May
Reading & Discussion: Thursday 21st February at 7.30
Auditions: Tuesday 26th February and Thursday 28th
February at 7.30 pm
In May 1777, it was reported that a man passing the
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane heard 'an enormous roar coming from
within' and thought that the whole building was falling down.
What he actually heard was the audience responding to Richard
Brinsley Sheridan's new smash hit, The School for Scandal. By
the end of the 18th Century, it had been performed more
than any other play in London and has been regularly revived ever
A crackling satire on an ostensibly polite society, the play is
populated by a cast of hypocrites, schemers, and fake news
pedlars. It is filled with dazzlingly sharp repartee, a
non-stop barrage of wit and farcical situations. Numerous
plots revolve around each other; an old men trying to manage his
young wife, a widow's revenge on those who maligned her, brothers
whose characters are the opposite of what they seem and a rich
uncle from the far east who returns unexpectedly. However,
all of these are simply a way to get "the scandalmongers" on stage
and watch while they demolish the characters of all their friends
and acquaintances - including any of their company that happen to
leave the room for a moment. The brilliance of the writing is
that, although the times may have changed, the scandal and gossip
are as fresh (and sometimes as nasty!) as if they had appeared on
Twitter rather than the scandal sheets of the time.
The School for Scandal -
Charles Surface: Age 20 - mid
30s Young bachelor notorious for his extravagance
and dissipation. However, at heart, he is a good and generous
Joseph Surface: Age 20 - mid
30s Young bachelor who pretends to be an
honourable gentleman but is really a double-dealing scoundrel. He
is the older brother of Charles Surface.
Maria: Age late teens -
Desirable and wealthy young ward of Sir Peter Teazle.
Sir Peter Teazle: Age 50s
Upright gentleman who has recently married a younger woman.
Lady Teazle: Age 30s -
Wife of Sir Peter. She is the lead female character.
Lady Sneerwell: Age 40s to
50s The leading
Snake: Age 20s
Confidant of Lady Sneerwell. Male or female role.
Sir Oliver Surface: Age 50s
Wealthy uncle of Charles and Joseph Surface.
Mrs. Candour: Age 40s
Prolific gossip who specialises in spreading
Sir Benjamin Backbite: Age 20s +
Fop and ferreter out of scandal
Crabtree: Age 50s
Backbite's uncle and a tale-bearer.
Rowley: Age 40s
Upright servant and friend of Sir Peter Teazle.
Careless: Age 20s - 30s
Rowdy friend of Charles Surface.
Moses: Age 40s
Three or Four servants: Any age.
These roles have a few lines but are
most important as part of the scene changes. Each has their
own character and will form part of the story-telling and ensuring
that the action flows between scenes without a break.