Readings & Auditions

All readings and auditions are open to both members and non-members and take place at the Swan Theatre at 7.30 pm 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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Veronica's Room

By Ira Levin

Director: Robert Graydon

Production Dates: 14th - 19th January 2019

Reading: Wednesday 10th October at 7.30 pm

Auditions: Sunday 14th October at 14.30

The play is a 4-hander (2M, 2F) and relatively short.   Ages are flexible, but there will need to be a distinct age gap between the 2 couples.

From the pen of Ira Levin - the writer of thrillers 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Deathtrap' and 'A Kiss Before Dying' - this a dark and brooding play guaranteed to creep you out on a winter's evening.  A middle-aged couple, Mr and Mrs Mackey, invite a younger couple, Susan and Larry, to the suburban Boston home where they are employed to look after the elderly, senile Cissie. They persuade a reluctant Susan to dress up as Veronica, Cissie's dead sister, in an effort to bring Cissie a sense of closure. The year is 1973, but Cissie believes it to be 1935. Having presented initially as kindly and gentle, once Susan is dressed as Veronica, the older couple become sinister and threatening. They treat her as if she were indeed Veronica, insist that the year is 1935 and that they are her parents and accuse her of murdering Cissie after she discovered Veronica's incestuous relationship with her younger brother. Susan protests, but they imprison her in Veronica's Room and the older couple call in the family doctor to declare her insane. The doctor arrives and bears an uncanny resemblance to Larry . .  

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

By Edward Albee

Director: Philip Turley

Production Dates: 11th - 16th March

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 games.........

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 are exposed. 
 

George -  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 herself. 

The onstage '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 attendance.