Readings & Auditions

All readings and auditions are open to both members and non-members and take place at the Swan Theatre unless stated otherwise. Please note that should a non-member be offered a part he/she will be required to join the Swan and all cast and crew are expected to assist with support activities such as bar and Front-of-House for other productions.

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Whistleblower by Adrian Harding

Production Dates 15th - 20th January

Director  Judith Baker

Summary of play

Whistleblower is a present day affair, set in a corporate environment and with characters that many of us will recognise - maybe even relate to - to some extent.  This is a tale where personal values are in conflict with the possibility of serious financial gain, where individuals find themselves questioning their trust in one another - and in their own conscience.

Reading: Monday 4th October at 7.30 pm

Auditions: Thursday 2nd November  at 7:30 pm

Character List

Graham Robinson, Managing Director, late 40s early 50s- son of the company's founder, proud of his achievements, conducting an affair with his FD, Hannah.

Rebecca Wilson, MD's Personal Assistant,  early 30s to mid 40s - solid, long-term employee -  the go-to person in the office 

Hannah Wood, Finance Director, late 30s early 40s - in love with Graham and will do anything to please him. 

Steve Barker, Business Development Manager, 40s - ambitious, energetic, ruthless - in a relationship with Jane

Martin Edwards, Software Engineer,  late 20s early 30s - IT specialist, possesses unique skills and knowledge of the business and its workings - broke!

Tom Owen, Operations Director,  In his 60 - friend of Graham's father, loyal and proud - blunt in his ways

Jane Jones, Marketing and Commercial Manager, late 20s to early 30s -  pushy, ambitious, in love with Steve and just as ruthless.

Director's contact details:

bunglecat1@hotmail.com 

07969 591 133

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Brontë by Polly Teale

Production Dates 12th - 17th March

Director Jess Payne

Summary of play

In Brontë we witness the real and imagined world of the Brontë sisters combine, as the three women are haunted by their own characters and imagination on stage. Isolated on the Yorkshire Moors, the play explores how the sisters use their loneliness, oppression and anger to create some of the most passionate works in literature, all as their brother Branwell turns to alcohol and poverty. Brontë is a modern and revealing look into the lives of three of the country's most treasured writers.

Reading: Monday 4thDecember at 7:30pm

Auditions: Thursday 7Th December and Sunday the 10th December both at 7:30pm

Character List

(The play includes multi-rolling so, excluding the sisters, the cast play more than one part. This will be cast after the auditions. All together there would be around 7/8 cast members. There is a lot of flexibility with age as the play goes forwards and backwards over a span of 25 years. This is also true of the characters whose ages differ as the sisters write different parts of their novels.)

Charlotte Brontë: (aged in the play between 9 - 32) Eldest daughter and author of "Jane Eyre"

Emily Brontë: (aged between 7 - 30) Middle sister and author of "Wuthering Heights"

Anne Brontë: (aged between 5 - 29) Youngest sister and author of "Tenant of Wildfell Hall"

Branwell Brontë: (aged 8- 30) Unsuccessful and bitter brother and alcoholic.

Patrick Brontë: (aged 48- 75) Father of the sister and Branwell. A Pastor.

Arthur Bell Nichols: (20/30s) Anne's husband and a curate. Anne was the only one to marry.

Rochester: (40s) The passionate and brooding principal character of Charlotte's "Jane Eyre"

Heathcliff: (20/30s) The dark and obsessive principal character of Emily's "Wurthering Heights"

Arthur Huntington: (any age) Drunk and abusive husband, character from Anne's "Tennant of Wildfell Hall

Cathy: (20s) Wilful and romantic principal character of Emily's "Wuthering heights"

Bertha: (20s/30s) Rochester's crazy secret wife from Charlotte's "Jane Eyre"

Mr Hedger: (any age)                                                                                       

Director's contact details

jlpayne@btinternet.com

07904660427