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AUDITIONS

Auditions are held throughout the year for our productions.  

Normally around 2-3 months prior to the production date.  We try to announce dates around 1-2 months before.  Non-members are welcome to audition, if cast you must become a member of the group, find out more about this here:

If you have any accessibility requirements, then please do let us know about these prior to audition so that we can ensure you are supported.   Our theatre is wheelchair accessible, and you can find out more about the space here:


    • 01/10/2019
    • 24/10/2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Putney Arts Theatre


    Audition dates

    For the parts of Billy & Sylvia only:
    Tuesday 1st October, 8pm & Thursday 3rd October, 7.30pm

    For the parts of Daniel, Ruth, Christopher & Beth: Monday 21st October, 7.30pm & Wednesday 23rd October, 7.30pm

    Recalls (all parts): Thursday 24th October, 7.30pm

    details

    Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required for Tribes. Please do get in touch with the Director, Grace Johnstone with any questions you may have by emailing tribalsyncgracie@gmail.com We really would like to particularly work with anyone that has BSL experience and are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who may like to assist on this show.

    Performance Space

    Studio Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre

    Performance Dates

    Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th January 2020, 7.45pm

    Rehearsal Period

    Rehearsals will take place from early November over two to three evenings a week from 7.30pm, as well as around three hours' rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times. Most actors will only be called for 2 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week.

    Please note: This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show. Members Fees are £20 a year, and there is a £25 show fee if cast.

    Audition Preparation

    Please ensure that you have read the play fully and that you have an understanding of the character/s you are auditioning for. Please also make sure you arrive on time.

    For the parts of Billy and Sylvia

    Please be prepared to audition using British Sign Language (BSL) and also using spoken word. Copies of the audition pieces are availabe by emailing tribalsyncgracie@gmail.com

    Please Note: Actors auditioning for the parts of Billy and Sylvia should be Deaf or Hard of Hearing or have lived experience/understanding of the Deaf experience. These parts require the actors to speak orally and be confident in the use of BSL. Those auditioning for Billy and Sylvia will be contacted by email by the end of Sunday 6th October to let them know if they have been shortlisted and to provide feedback on request. Those who have been shortlisted will be required to attend the recalls on 24th October. Copies of the recall audition pieces will be provided at the time of shortlisting to allow time to prepare.

    For the parts of Daniel, Ruth, Christopher and Beth

    Actors playing Billy’s family are not required to use BSL in the play. During the rehearsal process there will be workshops and opportunities to share and learn from each other. We want to create a safe space for all members of the cast and crew to explore and share the issues raised by this play. You do not need to prepare anything, but audition pieces will be posted here shortly after the auditions for Billy and Sylvia have taken place.

    Synopsis

    A common language can bring people together. It can also tear others apart. Billy is Deaf, born into a hearing family who talk, and argue, a lot. He is the only one who really ‘listens’ to what they each have to say.

    When he meets Sylvia, she shows him how to use British Sign Language and he is part of a new tribe now. One where a shared identity, community and culture matter to him more than he ever knew before. Billy’s life is changing. Is anyone ready to see what he has to say?

    This is a wonderful and challenging play which says so much about the different tribes we belong to in our lives and the friction they can cause. It also provides a commentary on the use of a minority language and the positive effects this can have along with isolation within a wider world.

    Characters

    Three female, three male (gender-free casting will be considered where appropriate). This is a play which centres around the family unit and all roles have an important part to play in this production.

    BILLY
    Playing age twenties. The youngest child. Deaf and taught to speak from an early age until he meets Sylvia who teaches him British Sign Language (BSL).

    SYLVIA
    Playing age twenties. Billy’s girlfriend. Born hearing but going deaf.

    DANIEL
    Billy’s brother and the eldest child. One or two years older than Ruth.

    RUTH
    Billy’s Sister and the middle child. One or two years older than Billy.

    BETH
    Playing age fifties/sixties. Billy’s mother

    CHRISTOPHER
    Playing age fifties/sixties. Billy’s father

    Backstage opportunities

    We want backstage to reflect what is going on onstage and encourage anyone from the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing communities who has an interest in getting involved backstage to look at the opportunities below:

    • Stage Manager
    • Lighting operator
    • Set construction
    • Assistant stage manager
    • Sound operator
    • Surtitle & Audio-Visual Operator
    • Costume assistants
    • 28/10/2019
    • 31/10/2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Putney Arts Theatre


    Audition dates

    Monday 28th October, 7.30pm & Tuesday 29th October, 7.30pm

    Recalls:  Thursday 31st October, 7.30pm

    details

    Below are details of the auditions and backstage help required for The Duchess of Malfi. Please get in touch with the Director, Jaz Manville, with any questions you may have by emailing jaz.manville@icloud.com 

    Performance Space

    Main stage at Putney Arts Theatre

    Performance Dates

    11th - 15th Feb 2020, 7.45pm

    Rehearsal Period

    Rehearsals will take place from early November for 2-3 evenings a week, as well as around 3 hours rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times.  Most actors will only be called for 2 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week.

    Please note: This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £25 show fee will be due.

    Synopsis

    This play contains sustained violence, sexual assault, child deaths and extreme mental illness – if you wish to discuss how this production will handle these, please do not hesitate to contact the director: jaz.manville@icloud.com 

    The Duchess of Malfi is a widowed ruler whose brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are keen to control her power. The brothers wish the Duchess not to remarry and, suspicious of their sister, persuade their dependant, Bosola, to spy on her. The Duchess, however, has fallen in love and then secretly marries her steward, Antonio, with help from her maid, Cariola.

    Nine months later, Bosola becomes suspicious that the Duchess is pregnant. The Duchess gives birth, but Antonio loses the horoscope prepared for the child. Bosola finds the horoscope and informs the Duchess’ brothers, who are furious.

    Over the next few years, the Duchess and Antonio have two more children. Ferdinand returns to Malfi and spies on the Duchess. Ferdinand reveals himself and threatens the Duchess. She informs Ferdinand that she is married, but this further incenses him, swearing that he will never see her again.

    Antonio is persuaded by the Duchess to flee under the guise that she had banished him. The Duchess reveals to Bosola that Antonio is the father of her children and where he is. Bosola reluctantly takes this information to her brothers.

    The Duchess and Cariola take the children out of Malfi to meet Antonio. The plan to escape becomes impossible, so the Duchess persuades Antonio to take their eldest child to Milan. They escape, as the Duchess, Cariola and the two youngest children are imprisoned.

    Whilst imprisoned, Ferdinand visits the Duchess and persuades her that Antonio and her eldest child are dead. Bosola pleads for her life but the Duchess, Cariola and the two young children are killed. Ferdinand, on seeing the Duchess’ corpse, is overcome with remorse and blames Bosola for the murders that Ferdinand himself ordered.

    Ferdinand returns to the Cardinal but it quickly becomes apparent he is seriously mentally unstable and believes himself to be a wolf. The Cardinal tries to enlist Bosola to kill Antonio. Bosola, however, plots to kill the brothers themselves. Bosola enlists the Cardinal’s mistress, Julia, to help his plan but the Cardinal kills her. Bosola waits to kill the Cardinal, overhearing his plan to kill Bosola, but accidentally kills Antonio instead.

    Bosola confronts the Cardinal, waking Ferdinand, who joins the argument. They all kill each other. Delio, Antonio’s best friend, arrives with the Duchess and Antonio’s eldest child and promises to raise the child to be a better leader. 

    Audition Preparation

    Auditions will involve group movement and vocal exercises as well as pre-prepared speeches from the table below. Please select one speech per character you wish to audition for (links to PDFs in the table below). These speeches should not be off-script. At auditions, we will hear a maximum of two speeches but please inform us if you are interested in any other parts. A short, unaccompanied song (max 1 minute) is optional for all except BOSOLA. Please ensure that you have read the play FULLY and that you have an understanding of the character/s you are auditioning for.  Please also make sure you arrive on time.

     CHARACTER  SPEECH
     DUCHESS

    Act 1 Sc 1 “The misery of us that are born great … I use but half a blush in’t” (433-451)
    OR
    Act 4 Sc 2 “Oh that it were possible we might … Who do I look like now?” (20-30)

     BOSOLA

    Unaccompanied song
    AND
    Act 1 Sc 1 “He and his brother are like plum trees … hoped for a pardon?” (48-57)
    Act IV Sc II “Why fare thee well … were this to do again?” (307-315, 317-323 and 326-329 – excluding Ferdinand’s responses)
    AND
    Act 1 Sc 1 “He and his brother are like plum trees … hoped for a pardon?” (48-57)
    Act IV Sc II “Why fare thee well … were this to do again?” (307-315, 317-323 and 326-329 – excluding Ferdinand’s responses)

    FERDINAND  Act 3 Sc 2 “The howling of a wolf … Lest it bewray him” (88-109)
     CARDINAL Act 2 Sc 4 “Why do you weep? … Yet cannot tune it - still you are to thank me” (20-26 and 27-36 - excluding Julia’s response)
     ANTONIO Act 1 Sc 1 “Most true … And dress themselves in her” (175-199)
     ELDEST CHILD No speech required
     ALL OTHER ROLES

    Act 2 Sc 2 Delio “Believe it … Old friends, like old swords, still are trusted best” (71-80)
    OR
    Act 5 Sc 2 Doctor “I’ll tell you … Very well recovered” (7-21)
    OR
    Act 5 Sc 2 Julia “No, he might count me a wanton … I should have courted you” (182-192)


    Characters

    A note on casting:
    This production will be focusing on the gender identities and roles of the characters. Therefore, some characters’ genders are specified. These roles are open to anyone who feels comfortable and able to portray this gender identity. BOSOLA’s arc will explore a non-binary indentity/gender fluidity and therefore the actor will need to be comfortable portraying a character in various stages of gender exploration and identity. Other roles are ‘open to all genders’ so the characters’ gender identity will be defined in rehearsals.

    Trans*, non-binary and gender fluid actors are encouraged to audition for any character.

    If you have any questions about any of this, or wish to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to contact me: jaz.manville@icloud.com 

    DUCHESS OF MALFI 25-45 Female

    An unstable ruler who is required to carefully control her public image in order to maintain her power. Her brothers (the CARDINAL and FERDINAND) are hugely jealous of her power and feel emasculated and judged in the public eye. Her marriage to ANTONIO is her true freedom. Her suitability as a leader is only truly demonstrated when she loses her power and is murdered as she is finally unobserved.

    BOSOLA open to all ages Genderfluid/NB

    Returning from imprisonment due to crimes they committed for FERDINAND and the CARDINAL, BOSOLA is a hugely manipulated by the brothers and has adopted their view of the DUCHESS, gender roles and power. Slowly, BOSOLA’s loyalty shifts to the DUCHESS. Throughout the play, their understanding of their own identity and morality is explored for the first time. Some singing required.

    ANTONIO 20-40 Male

    Idealistic returnee to Malfi. Confident and ongoing but somewhat naïve. Never quite comprehends the Duchess’ complicated political world or family power. Relies heavily on DELIO but ails to heed their warnings.

    FERDINAND 25-45 Male

    DUCHESS OF MALFI’s twin who finds her power very difficult. Hugely concerned by how he believes himself to be emasculated by her in the public eye – the public doesn’t care. He has had an unstable grasp on reality and his desires which dramatically worsens through the play.

    THE CARDINAL 35-60 Male

    Irreligious man of God who has managed the tension between FERDINAND and the DUCHESS OF MALFI for years. Like FERDINAND, he is overly aware of public opinion which doesn’t really care about him. His relationship with JULIA has real affection and his murderous decision when he realises the relationship threatens his grasp on power is true tragedy.

    CARIOLA open to all ages Female

    DUCHESS OF MALFI’s maid/assistant who helps her to hide new marriage (to ANTONIO) and young family from the public and her brothers. She is intensely loyal but not unjudgemental of ANTONIO and the DUCHESS’ family – who largely dismisses her legitimate concerns.

    DELIO open to all ages / genders

    ANTONIO’s oldest friend. Capable and loyal. Mistrusted by the court as they are an outsider in their eyes. They are instrumental in the protection of the DUCHESS and ANTONIO’s eldest child and the future of Malfi.

    JULIA open to all ages / genders

    Bored, emotionally distant and trapped in an unhappy relationship. There is real romantic connection in their relationship with the CARDINAL and in different circumstances may have made both happy.

    THE ELDEST CHILD 7-12 open to all genders

    The DUCHESS OF MALFI’s eldest child who is her only heir at the end of the play. Presented by DELIO and others as the hoped successor at the end of the play. In pre-recorded video and onstage.

    5/6 ENSEMBLE

    Involved throughout the play and who present all the other parts (the OLD LADY, CASTRUCHIO, MURDERERS, SILVIO, PESCARA, the MADMEN, MALATESTE, GRISOLAN, DOCTOR and others). Movement driven group who will need to be confident creating character. Ensemble will operate the on-stage cameras. Singing useful.

    Backstage opportunities available include:

    • Lighting operator,
    • Set construction,
    • Sound operator
    • Filmographer
    • Costume assistants
    • Hair and make-up assistants

    Please get in touch with zoe.jeffadputneyarts@gmail.com or info@putneyartstheatre.co.uk if you are interested in getting involved.

    • 10/11/2019
    • 11/11/2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Putney Arts Theatre


    Audition dates

    Sunday 10th November, 6.30pm 
    Monday 11th November, 7.30pm

    details

    Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required for The Inaccurate Conception by Geoff Saunders & Richard Ahsam. This will be a rehearsed reading.

    Please do get in touch with the Director, Graham Kellas, with any questions you may have by emailing: gkellas@virginmedia.com

    Performance space

    Main stage at Putney Arts Theatre

    Performance date

    Friday 13th December, 8.00pm

    Rehearsal period

    • Read through: Sun 24 Nov, 6.30pm @ PAT
    • Rehearsals (small scenes) Tue 3, Wed 4, Thu 5 Dec at 7.30pm (location tbc)
    • Rehearsals (classroom scenes) Sat 7 Dec (3.30 – 6pm, with team ‘social’ to follow) and Sun 8 Dec (3-5pm) @ Dance Attic, Fulham
      Please note that this weekend is our only chance to rehearse the scenes which involve everyone, so if you can’t make these dates, it is very unlikely you will be cast. Sorry!
    • Rehearsals (small scenes) Tue 10, Wed 11, Thu 12 Dec at 7.30pm (location TBC)
    • Tech / dress rehearsal: Fri 13 Dec, 6pm @ PAT

    Please note: This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become members to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £10 show fee will also be due.

    Synopsis

    The Inaccurate Conception had its first performance at Putney Arts Theatre 25 years ago and has since been performed all over the UK and abroad. It is a raucous celebration of the school Nativity Play. Celia Whibley is directing class 3C in this year’s Nativity; it’s her - and the class’s - first ever production. The children are unmanageable and uncooperative, but Celia’s real obstacle is her unhelpful fellow staff. Battling against the odds is a ‘learning experience’ for Celia, but will the struggle be worth it? Seven-year-olds, teachers and parents are all played by adults in this “thoroughly hilarious spectacle” (from a 1994 review).

    Characters

    Staff

    Celia (F): Year 3 teacher. It’s her first nativity play. Quite nervous.
    Octavia (F): Headteacher, quite matronly.
    Miss Cusp (F): Teacher, quite unpleasant.
    Miss Belcher (F): Teacher, a double-act with Miss Cusp. Also quite unpleasant.
    Kurt (M): Teacher, quite politically correct.
    Mr Miller (M): Teacher, quite a disciplinarian.

    Children (aged 7)

    Shane (M): sees the potential for violence in all situations.
    Jessica (F): a starlet in the making; has a lisp.
    Dougal (M): super intelligent, basically a seven-year-old Stephen Fry.
    Spencer (M): super anxious.
    Craig (M), Melanie (F), Siobhan (F): destined to be three wise men.
    Michelle (F), Justine (F): destined to be angels.

    Parents

    Jessica’s mum (F): a pushy parent.
    Shane’s dad (M): a nice guy.
    Spencer’s dad (M): not a nice guy.
    Spencer’s mum (F): downtrodden.
    Dougal’s mum (F): a good listener.

    Audition preparation

    You do not need to prepare anything, but please ensure that you arrive on time.

    • Note that, with the exception of the actor playing Celia, my intention is for all actors to play both a seven year-old child and an adult.
    • Ideally, I’m looking for six female and four male actors (but that may change, depending on turnout).
    • Your age doesn’t matter - your ability to release your inner seven-year-old does!

    Backstage opportunities available include

    • Stage Manager

    Please get in touch with zoe.jeffadputneyarts@gmail.com or info@putneyartstheatre.co.uk if you are interested in getting involved.


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