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 productions.

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 auditions.

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 performance.

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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.

 

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The School For Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Director: Alan Morris

Production Dates: 6th - 11th May

Reading & Discussion: Thursday 21st February at 7.30 pm

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 since.

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 - Characters

Charles Surface: Age 20 - mid 30s    Young bachelor notorious for his extravagance and dissipation. However, at heart, he is a good and generous person.

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 - 20s               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 - 40s                Wife of Sir Peter. She is the lead female character.

Lady Sneerwell: Age 40s to 50s         The leading scandalmonger.

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 plus               Prolific gossip who specialises in spreading rumours.  

Sir Benjamin Backbite: Age 20s +     Fop and ferreter out of scandal

Crabtree: Age 50s +                           Backbite's uncle and a tale-bearer. 

Rowley: Age 40s plus                         Upright servant and friend of Sir Peter Teazle.  

Careless: Age 20s - 30s                      Rowdy friend of Charles Surface.  

Moses: Age 40s +                                Moneylender

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.