TOTTON FESTIVAL OF DRAMA 2019
Thank you if you auditioned – both plays have now been cast. Look out for more opportunities early in 2019
Auditions are held on the University of Southampton’s main Highfield campus, not far from the NST Campus theatre. Audition sheets are posted on this page. 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.
If you are not a member and would like to audition, please email the SUP Secretary
We will present the following plays at Totton 2019:
GHOST STORY by Mark Ravenhill – directed by Troy Chessman – 3f
AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS – by Tennessee Williams – directed by Paul Cresser – 4m
The plays will be performed at Totton festival on any evening in the week of Mon 25th to Sat 30th March 2019. If a play progresses to the next round(s), cast need to be available on Sat 4th May and Sat 11th May 2019 – with an SUP public performance also planned for the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh on Sat 6th April 2019 (AETF finals also take place on 6th June, then 6th-7th July 2019).
See individual play descriptions below for more details and any audition pieces specified by the director. Click on the links below to download the SUP Audition Sheet – Word and PDF versions:
Please note, people are usually auditioned in the order in which they arrive and submit their completed audition forms, with timings noted. If a large number of people turn up, you may have to wait.
3 female characters – ages can range from 20-50+
Lisa – a breast cancer sufferer
Meryl – a healer
Hannah – Meryl’s partner
Meryl and Hannah are a gay couple, and there is a kiss as scripted.
Written by British playwright Mark Ravenhill, the play begins when Lisa, a breast cancer sufferer visits Meryl, a healer who believes in the curative power of positive thought but over time, lines are crossed between the healer and the healed, Lisa and Meryl are caught in a power struggle which constantly asks who is the healer and who is the healed? As time folds back on itself, they both discover that the world is full of ghosts.
Ghost Story is a satirical exploration of the doctrine of positive thinking, asking how effective these approaches could possibly be in the fight against cancer. It asks serious questions but also plays for laughs. The play questions how terminal illness affects the relationship with oneself and the people around us. It poignantly depicts the lies and half-truths we must tell ourselves and each other.
The director, Troy Chessman, writes: “The power lies in the dialogue of this play… the script allows three actresses some wonderfully poignant, powerful moments of acting. I would like to blend a truthful, naturalistic approach to the dialogue with a stylised approach to how we show the passing of time and the unfolding of Meryl and Lisa’s paths. I would like to explore some Berkovian techniques which play with speed and time and the body to create a haunting, ghostly effect.”
“Both a satire and a moving story about illness.” – Guardian
AUDITION PIECES – PDF
AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS
4 male characters – audition pieces below
Candy Delaney – aged 35, thin. A transvestite from Atlanta now living in New Orleans.
Karl – late 20s/early 30s, well built. A rough, ostensibly straight sailor, but also something of a hustler.
Alvin & Jerry – early/mid 20s. A young gay couple who are Candy’s upstairs tenants.
A one-act play by Tennessee Williams. Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator – and also a drag queen approaching ‘her’ 35th birthday, and on the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship,
Candy has picked up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money. On the day of the dreaded birthday, Karl walks out – and it’s left to the two queens who live upstairs, Alvin and Jerry, to comfort Candy.
The director, Paul Cresser, writes: “The main character, Candy, must be played sympathetically and without caricature. It will require an actor who is comfortable in drag. As for Karl, there is an ambiguity to his sexuality that his homophobic language and violence tries to conceal.”
From Samuel French: “Tennessee Williams explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage.”
AUDITION PIECES – PDF files
Previous SUP auditions
July 2018 for our October double-bill of murderous comedies
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
by Sir Tom Stoppard
Moon and Birdboot, drama critics, arrive to watch the performance of a new detective play, a parody of the conventional stage thriller. However the private lives of the critics become inextricably mixed with those of the play’s characters until somebody is shot dead… and just who is the real Inspector Hound?
Moon – a second-string theatre critic, called to the production to review it in the absence of Higgs, another critic. Moon’s jealousy of Higgs’ superior reputation seems to make him question his own purpose…
Birdboot – a theatre critic and a womaniser, who catapults young actresses to stardom by delivering dazzling reviews in return, we assume, for sexual favours. While married to Myrtle, he is having an affair with the actress who plays a character in the play within the play.
Mrs Drudge – The maid, or char, of Muldoon Manor.
Simon Gascoyne – New to the neighbourhood, Simon has had affairs with both Felicity and Cynthia. He takes an instant dislike to Magnus.
Felicity Cunningham – A beautiful, innocent, young friend of Cynthia’s who has had an affair with Simon and Birdboot. She is seemingly sweet and charming, but soon seeks ruthless revenge.
Cynthia Muldoon – Apparent widow of Lord Albert Muldoon who disappeared 10 years ago. She claims to be very upset about her husband’s disappearance. Sophisticated and beautiful. She has had an affair with Simon.
Major Magnus Muldoon – Lord Albert Muldoon’s crippled half-brother who just arrived from Canada. Has a desire for his late brother’s widow, Cynthia. Takes an instant dislike to Simon, as they are both in love with Cynthia.
Inspector Hound – Appears from outside the house in the middle of the play to investigate an alleged phone call.
A JOLLY SINISTER JAPE
by Elliot Strange
Lord Stubbs, Biffy Trubshaw and his actress wife Ophelia are stranded by a collapsed bridge in a mysterious house in a thunderstorm. As romance blossoms, someone locks the front door, trapping them. Who else is in the house? A fast-moving, madcap comedy set in the 1920s.
Biffy Trubshaw – not very bright, a bit of a philistine, a decent enough chap… or is he?
Ophelia Le Bobo – the famous film star, and Biffy’s wife, although they are going through “a bit of a sticky patch”
Lord Stubbs – older brother to the Lord Stubbs: so not the novelist, broadcaster, explorer, politician, daring archaeologist and wizard raconteur
‘Fatty’ – an enigmatic character from Ophelia’s past, an old school friend…