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News: Auditions

Updated: 26 September 2016

Sunday, 16 October


Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest and a readthrough/workshop for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – see below for further details.

Casting policy

Loft Theatre Company productions are cast by means of auditions open to all active members plus non-members (provided they agree to join as members before commencement of rehearsal, if cast).

Directors are free to contact whomsoever they wish in advance of an audition to invite them to read alongside others for a specific role, but any pre-casting must be done openly and must be approved by the Artistic Management in advance.

All casting considerations will be discussed between directors and members of the Artistic Management. Casting decisions will be notified to all those who attended the audition(s), and cast lists will be posted on the website.

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Director: David Fletcher
Production dates: 26 April – 6 May 2017 (main house)
including a Sunday matinee but with no Monday performance

Audition: Sunday, 16 October
at 2.30pm at the theatre
(Coffee, registration and tours of the building for new members from 2pm)

This is one of the wittiest and most delightful plays in the repertoire – for actors and for audiences alike. Wilde called it ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’ and this reflects the interplay of the sparkling humour and mischievous sophistication of this great play. Wilde created a cast of brilliant characters and gave them many unforgettable lines.

The main rehearsal period will be the usual length and will begin in early March. In addition, there will be some individual and group sessions in January and February which will focus on the text and the characters. These sessions can be scheduled around the cast’s availabilities.

For further information about the production and about scripts, please contact the director, David Fletcher, on 07974 108883 or DavidFletcher@loft-theatre.co.uk. If you want to have a preliminary look at the text, there is a free downloadable version of the play available here.

Characters in order of appearance

  • Algernon Moncrieff – ‘an ostentatiously eligible young man’ in his 20s
  • Lane – Algernon’s manservant; clearly went to the same training school as Jeeves! 40+
  • Jack Worthing – ‘When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people.’ Age 29 is mentioned in the text but there is room for flexibility.
  • Lady Bracknell – ‘I don’t really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one.’ Probably between 45 and 65.
  • Gwendolen Fairfax – ‘My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as bad as the way Gwendolen flirts with you.’ Mid 20s to early 30s.
  • Cecily Cardew – Jack’s ward; ‘I don’t think I would care to catch a sensible man. I shouldn’t know what to talk to him about.’ Age 18 is mentioned in the text but there is room for flexibility.
  • Miss Prism – Cecily’s governess; according to Lady Bracknell ‘a female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education’ and according to Canon Chasuble ‘the most cultivated of ladies, and the very picture of respectability’. Probably 45+
  • Canon Chasuble – ‘You are too much alone, dear Dr. Chasuble. You should get married.’ Probably 45+
  • Merriman – Jack’s butler; any age

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Dale Wasserman
based on the novel by Ken Kesey

Director: Rachel Adams
Production dates: 12 – 22 July 2017 (main house)

Readthrough/workshop: Sunday, 16 October
at 2.30pm at the theatre
(Coffee, registration and tours of the building for new members from 2pm)

‘This world... belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak.’ – Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The critically acclaimed five-time Academy Award-winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, based on Ken Kesey’s groundbreaking novel, is making its electrifying return to stage at the Loft Theatre. Audiences can expect a compelling, gripping and nail-biting experience that will make you laugh, cry, scream and make you feel you have been institutionalised yourself.

In the early 1960s Randle Patrick McMurphy, a charming, lively and rebellious man, manages to escape his prison labour duties by pleading insanity and alternatively serving time in an Oregon psychiatric hospital. Nurse Ratched has the power of the system; McMurphy only has his own desire to challenge the system. The action leads to a shocking climax: all patients and staff will be affected by the inevitable, electrifying conclusion forever... ‘They are in contact on a high-voltage wavelength of hate...’ (Ken Kesey)

Full auditions will be held at a later date, but meanwhile for those interested we are holding an exploratory readthrough/ workshop for this exciting and innovative production on Sunday 16 October at 2.30pm; registration and coffee from 2pm. Whatever your experience, gender or age, please feel free to join us.

Coming soon
The Entertainer 5
Uncle Richard 17
The Men Who Marched Away 6
A Brief History of Christmas 11
Oliver! 7
All My Sons 8
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Updated: 26 September 2016