SUP Theatre Company are pleased to announce:
7th and 9th December 2021
Auditions for both plays will be on 7th and 9th December 2021. You may audition for one or both plays, but our strong preference is that we have separate casts for the two shows, as rehearsals are likely to take place on the same days.
The two plays are:
The Regina Monologues, By Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer
Admired, vilified, de-humanised. Three Catherines, two Annes and a Jane. Six women with one thing in common – marriage to a man called Henry – have passed into historical legend. Of course, it couldn’t happen these days…
Six modern women have also married one man. Their lives are both separate and intertwined as they tell their stories from a room in which they have all once lived. Their experiences – miscarriage, love affairs, betrayal, and a shared loathing of all things ginger – are portrayed with humour, pathos and a great deal of wine.
The plight of those sixteenth century women is personal, poignant and still relevant five hundred years on.
Characters: 6 Female, 0 Male
To Audition for The Regina Monologues: Please complete the audition form and in addition, download the script and prepare to read a speech from the character you are auditioning for – see list below. (There is no need to learn the speech, but you are welcome to do so if you like).
Your Life as a Feature Film, By Alan Minieri
Mother and son are having a scene. Suddenly a voice shouts, “Cut!” and the director runs down the aisle onto the stage. It is only a film. For twenty one years they have been filming this boy’s life. Everybody he’s lived with– his mother, his girlfriend, even the news vendor on the corner– is acting. The director induces him to sign a contract. The last scene will be his death. “This is a tragedy,” the director explains. His girlfriend deserts him and then does a turnabout telling him to flee. But then another turnabout occurs. Which is the real girlfriend? Which is the real world?
Characters: 2 Female, 2 Male, 1 Either M/F
To Audition for Your Life is a Feature Film: Please complete the audition form here and in addition, download and prepare the audition piece for the character you are auditioning for. (There is no need to learn the audition piece, but you are welcome to do so if you like).
If you are auditioning for both plays then please complete 2 audition forms, one for each play, and let us know if you have a preference to be in one or the other.
N.B. SUP holds open auditions. If you are cast and are not already a member, society rules and our insurance mean that you must become a paid member immediately
HAVE FUN AND BREAK A LEG!
OUR MOST RECENT OPEN AUDITIONS: MARCH 2021
a one act comedy play by Robin Johnson
We hope to perform this in June at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, following rehearsals in May and June (rules permitting) – the festival does have backup plans for a filmed performance under festival conditions.
Please can you be available for the duration of each audition session. When you join the Zoom call, you will initially enter the virtual waiting room.
Victor(ia) Frankenstein – m / f
The Creature – m
The Bride – f
De Lacey – French peasant, speaks ‘avec un French accent’ – m / f
The Professor – Frankenstein’s University tutor, speaks ‘viz ein Cherman ecksent’ – m / f
RUNNING TIME: 45 mins
“It’s alive!” Frankenstein created a monster. The monster escaped and… then what? Something about a bride? And an angry mob. There was definitely a mob, with pitchforks.There have been so many different versions of the Frankenstein story, even the original characters don’t know what’s real any more.
Stitched Up is a darkly comic meta dissection of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. It starts with Dr Frankenstein recounting his experiences as a mad scientist – interrupted by the bickering Creature, a French peasant, a mad professor… and the Bride of Frankenstein. Each character retells their part of the story from their own perspective and tries to justify their place in the canon. The play ends farcically, descending into the series of movie sequels and spin-offs that degraded the story from tragedy to cheap horror… and even Abbot & Costello
“My name is Frankenstein, and I am a mad scientist.”
Stitched Up was first performed on the Edinburgh Fringe 2010
FROM THE DIRECTOR, DAVID GUY:
N.B. SUP holds open auditions. If cast and not already a member, society rules and our insurance mean that you must become a paid member immediately
PREVIOUS AUDITION: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE
A TIMELY PRODUCTION
Night of the Living Dead™ Live is a fast-moving hilarious re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic horror thriller. Back in 1968, Night of the Living Dead™ was made at a time of incredible social and political upheaval, and its themes remain as relevant as ever.
In particular, it brings race politics and gender identity to the fore as a cross-section of ‘typical’ Americans are trapped together in lockdown in a remote farmhouse, facing hordes of infected zombies. As the nation collapses, who will survive the night? More than a re-creation of the story, the play celebrates the history and continuing influence of the movie.
AUDITION FORMAT: please prepare a monologue lasting no more than two minutes, spoken by a character from any play with whom you identify strongly OR a monologue from a character to whom you feel strong antipathy.
TECH CREW – MARKETING – PRODUCTION… HELP NEEDED Please get in touch if you are interested and available to help out in any way with tech, marketing or production! Email email@example.com
MAIN CHARACTER DETAILS
Barbra – traditional and keeping it together at forst but as the events unfold, digresses into a child-like state – F
Ben – BAME, ‘leading man’ type, heroic and outspoken. Protective of Barbra – M
Tom – young-ish man, handsome, bright-eyed. Judy’s boyfriend – M
Judy – young-ish woman, Tom’s girldriend. ‘Girl next door’ type.
Helen – a little older, perhaps middle-aged. Dry, world-weary homemaker. Umanused wife of Harry, mother of Karen – F
Harry – around the same age as Helen; working class, curmudgeonly. Weaselly and antagonistic. Helen’s husband and Karen’s father – M
Chief McClelland – older/middle-aged small-town sheriff. Folksy and pragmatic – M / F
Vince – Chief McClelland’s young deputy, local volunteer. A little idealistic. Obedient to the Chief.
Karen – nine-year-old daughter of Harry and Helen.
IMPORTANT: we usually rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Audition forms includes a box to indicate dates when you are NOT available. By signing the form, you are agreeing to attend all rehearsal dates when called, barring unforeseen circumstances – with the schedule agreed with the director – and in particular to be available for the tech and dress rehearsals.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
SUP member Tim Prentki is Emeritus Professor of Theatre for Development at the University of Winchester where, for many years, he directed the MA in Theatre and Media as Development.
He is the author of The Fool in European Theatre and Applied Theatre: Development. He is currently co-editing The Companion to Applied Performance and the second edition of The Applied Theatre Reader, both for Routledge. He is also a playwright and has recently written three plays for the One Hour Theatre Company at Edge Hill University, using Shakespearean motifs to spark debate around contemporary issues:Half Measures; Lear in Brexitland; Empires’ Edge. He has also recently completed Henry VII.
He has directed many student productions ranging from Shakespeare to modern work and draws particular inspiration from the practice and theory of Brecht.
He is looking forward to the opportunity to direct Night of the Living Dead Live for SUP. He intends to create a fast-moving, immersive performance style, based on a combination of ensemble-playing and multimedia effects in order to highlight the affectionately satirical approach of the original film. Given the contemporary situation, there is also the possibility to add an allegorical layer of meaning around responses to the pandemic.