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Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

All Company of Ten auditions are open, which means everyone is free to turn up and be considered, irrespective of previous experience.

Bear in mind that if you are cast in a production and are not a member, you’ll have to join.

Details of auditions will be posted below as they become available.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton, adapted by Charles Way

Performances: 15–28 Dec 2021

Auditions: 5 Sept, 11am and/or 7 Sept, 8pm, in the Abbey Theatre Studio

Rehearsals start on 4 Oct 2021

The classic tale of a family of little people and their adventures, led by adventurous youngster Arriettty! 

Roles: 

  • Arrietty – a headstrong young girl of about 12-14 (playing age)
  • Pod – her father
  • Homily – her mother
  • The Boy – a young man, probably late teens
  • Mrs Driver – housekeeper
  • Spiller/Crampfurl/Gypsy Boy/Eggletina – multi-role opportunity again to be played by a young male actor (or two)

Further information and scripts are available from director Katherine Barry at kabarry@btopenworld.com

After Electra by April De Angelis

Performance dates: January 26 to 5 February 2022 

Rehearsals: from Monday 22 November 2021

Auditions: 8pm, Tuesday 14 & Thursday 16 September

Director Abbe Waghorn writes:

Virgie, an artist and eccentric free spirit of 1960’s, invites her family and close friends over to celebrate her birthday, but then drops a bombshell that forces everyone to deal with the complexities of self-determination, the sacrifices demanded by motherhood, and the cruel nature of the ageing process.

Will her loved ones go along with her plans or will the secrets that come to light lead to a new beginning? After Electra explores the themes of age, motherhood and our expectations of women in a way that’s fun and deeply moving.

One of the things I am drawn to in After Electra is the study of mothers and daughters and their relationships, and also the complexities of Virgie taking control of her own life by deciding to end it. I think it’s a really fascinating piece with many very strong and well-defined characters.

Roles:

  • Virgie – A wonderful leading role. She is an artist of the 60’s bohemian era, with a focus outside of men and her children, and a mother – playing age 84 (we can make full use of hair and make-up skills!)
  • Hayden – her daughter, a counsellor – can be spikey and sarcastic – playing age 50s
  • Tom – friend of Virgie. A handsome professional actor – absorbed and witty. Playing age 50s/60s
  • Sonia – Tom’s wife. A novelist. Attractive – younger looking. They verbally spar with each other throughout. Playing age 50’s/60’s
  • Shirley – Virgie’s sister, former headmistress and now member of the House of Lords. Formidable! – playing age 70s
  • Orin – Virgie’s son. A freelance illustrator and likes a drink. Playing age 50s
  • Roy – a taxi driver – kind hearted – playing age 30s–40s
  • Miranda – ex-art student taught by Virgie – playing age 28

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to be considered for a role but find you can’t make one of the audition dates.

Abbe Waghorn

abbe.waghorn@btinternet.com

07773-571501

One Man Two Guv’nors by Richard Bean

Performances: 23 Feb–5 March 2022

Auditions: 28 Sept 8pm (Clubroom), 30 Sept 8am (Main Stage), 3 Oct 2pm (Clubroom),

In 1963 Brightonout-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. Comedy chaos ensues.

Roles:

A FOUR PIECE SKIFFLE BAND (guitars, drums, double bass) – we are looking for a band to play the iconic music from the original production… if you are interested as an already formed band or as an individual, please contact the director, Andy on the email below.

CHARLIE ‘The Duck’ CLENCH: a retired gangster. Can take care of himself in a fight, faint menace behind shark-like grin. Playing age: 50’s

PAULINE: Clench’s daughter, eyes wide with wonder, naïve. Playing age: 20/30’s

ALAN DANGLE: a wannabe actor and Pauline’s fiancé, fancies himself a ‘star material type’. Playing age: 20/30’s

HARRY DANGLE: Alan’s father and Clench’s crooked solicitor – dapper and faintly sleazy. Playing age: 40/50’s

STANLEY STUBBERS: an upper-class criminal and Rachel’s lover, athletically built type. Strides about with confidence. Lounge lizard type. Playing age: 30’s

RACHEL CRABBE: Roscoe’s identical twin sister, pretending to be a man (her brother) – energetic and confident. Gruff snarls, pretending to be manly. Playing age: 20/30’s

FRANCIS HENSHALL: a scheming assistant, cheeky and chubby. Puppy, clumsy innocence with an infectious grin. Playing age: 30’s

LLOYD BOATENG: Charlie’s friend – an ex-con turned pub owner. Cheery smile. Playing age: 40/50’s

DOLLY: Charlie’s secretary. Voluptuous with beehive hair. Flirtatious with a scarlet lipsticky grin over her shoulder. Bossy. Playing age: 20/30’s

GARETH: head waiter at The Cricketers’ Arms. Oversees operations with a flick of the wrist and a lifted eyebrow. Playing age: 40’s

ALFIE: waiter, hard of hearing and nearly blind. Shuffles along, back bowed and bewildered. Playing age: 80’s

For more information contact director, Andy Mills – mills.andy1@yahoo.co.uk