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2023-24 Season Auditions


The date for open auditions for our next season of plays is:


Sunday 2 April, 2pm


If you've never read for a play before, this open day is a relaxed and welcoming environment to give it a go!

Play description, dates of performance and casting breakdowns are below:


Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde, 3rd – 7th October 2023

Director Chris Hall

The Importance of Being Earnest, in full The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play in three acts by Oscar Wilde. A satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, the witty play is considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement.

Jack Worthing is a fashionable young man who lives in the country with his ward, Cecily Cardew. He has invented a rakish brother named Ernest whose supposed exploits give Jack an excuse to travel to London periodically to rescue him. Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his friend Algernon Moncrieff. Gwendolen, who thinks Jack’s name is Ernest, returns his love, but her mother, Lady Bracknell, objects to their marriage because Jack is an orphan who was found in a handbag at Victoria Station. Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest in order to woo Cecily, who has always been in love with the imaginary rogue Ernest. Ultimately it is revealed that Jack is really Lady Bracknell’s nephew, that his real name is Ernest, and that Algernon is actually his brother. The play ends with both couples happily united.




Characters


Jack Worthing – Jack leads a double life; in the country he is known as Jack and in London, Ernest. He is in love with Gwendolen.


Cecily Cardew – Jack’s ward, in love with Jack’s rogue brother Ernest.


Gwendolen Fairfax – Lady Bracknell’s daughter, in love with Jack who she knows as Ernest.


Algernon Moncrieff – Gwendolen’s cousin and best friend of Jack who he knows as Ernest.


Lady Bracknell – Algernon’s aunt and Gwendolen’s mother


Miss Prism – Cecily’s Governess


Rev Canon Chasuble – rector on Jack’s estate


Lane – Algernon’s manservant (only appears in Act 1)


Merriman – Jack’s butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country (only appears in Acts 2 & 3)


Mother Goose - Charlie Cook, 5th – 10th December 2023

Directors – Christine Blease, Jackie Vandyes

Characters

FAIRY NUFF

MOTHER GOOSE (Dame)

JACK, Mother Goose's son

JILL, Mother Goose’s daughter

SQUIRE BADBREATH

PINCHIT, Squire’s henchman

FLOGGIT, Squire’s henchman

SUSAN, Squire’s daughter

PRISCILLA a goose

SMITHERS, A Footman

GHOST

VILLAGERS



Whipping It Up – Steve Thompson, 20th – 24th February 2024

Director – Helen Tyler

The play is a comedy/farce, set in Westminster. ‘It’s a week before Christmas, and the new Tory government is facing dissent over its latest Bill. With a majority of only three, the Whips’ office is out in full force, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the strays in line.’

Characters

Government

Alastair (45) – Deputy Chief Whip

Guy (36) – Backbench MP

Tim (34) – Junior Whip

Maggie (27) – Researcher

The Chief (65) – Chief Whip

Opposition

Delia (43) – Deputy Chief Whip


NB Ages are those given in the play and are not fixed.


The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells, 16th – 20th April 2024

Director Ryan Ellershaw

A funny and tender play about big dreams and small changes. The Withernsea family that Wells celebrates in this play is certainly anything but ordinary. The most conservative figure is the father, Martin, who remains defiantly attached to his milk round and his dilapidated float. But Kath, his dinner-lady wife, disastrously experiments in her own kitchen with courgette muffins and Christmas Day sushi. Billy, their gay art student son, is obsessed with Dolly Parton, whom he venerates as infinitely more than a kitsch icon. And their daughter, Sophie, squanders her chances of becoming a ju-jitsu black belt by landing one on her examiner. Even Pete, the shy plumber who fancies Sophie, dreams of the day "when I could take my love of drains to the next level".


Characters

Martin – the conservative father figure

Kath – his wife, a dinner lady

Billy – their gay son

Sophie – their daughter

Pete – the plumber


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