Auditions

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Auditions this week

Our October one-act showcase:

‘The Real Inspector Hound’ by Sir Tom Stoppard – directed by David Green

‘A Jolly Sinister Jape’ by Elliot Strange – directed by Kevin Bowers


SUP holds open auditions. If cast and you are not already a member, society rules and insurance mean you must become a paid member immediately.


TWO ONE-ACT COMEDIES: MURDER MYSTERIES

The PLAY READINGS took place on Wed 18th July

Auditions for our 19-20 October production at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh are in Building 34 at the University’s Highfield Campus from 7.30pm on TUESDAY 24th JULY and THURSDAY 26th JULY.

You only need to attend an audition on ONE of the evenings.
You can audition for both plays.

Please email the SUP Secretary if you are not an SUP member and would like to attend.

AUDITION DETAILS

You do not need to prepare any audition pieces in advance.

The auditions will involve meeting the directors and working from the texts of the respective plays. More details about the plays and characters are lower down this page.

You can download and complete the Audition Sheet by clicking below:

SUPOct auditionsheet2

Please note: for A JOLLY SINISTER JAPE, Peter Yates will be auditioning performers on behalf of the director Kevin Bowers.

People will be auditioned in the order they arrive and submit completed audition forms, with timings noted. If lots of people turn up, then you may have to wait.


THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND

by Sir Tom Stoppard

5m, 3f

Moon and Birdboot, two 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?

While the story is set in a theatre, the play within the play is set in Muldoon Manor, a lavish manor surrounded by “desolate marshes” and “treacherous swamps” and paradoxically also located near a cliff. It is a direct parody of Agatha Christie’s “closed” settings in which no one can enter or leave, so the characters know that the murderer must be one of them.

The manor itself is described as having French windows and a large settee. The play is set, as spoken by Mrs Drudge, in the “drawing room of Lady Muldoon’s country residence one morning in early spring.”

Characters

Critics

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.

Play-within-a-play characters

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

2m, 2f

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.

Four actors, a simple room-set and a few glamorous “roaring twenties” costumes: a pastiche 1920’s thriller with a plot that defies description. But it really doesn’t matter about the plot. it’s the jokes that matter. Played fast and furious, it’s great fun.

Characters

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…


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