Open auditions this week
16/01/18: audition pieces available for both plays – scroll down
Wed 17th Jan from 7pm
We are entering two one-act plays into the Totton Drama Festival in March. We hold open auditions: if you are cast, society rules and insurance mean you must become a paid member immediately.
Venue: University of Southampton main campus, Building 34, Rooms 1020/1025
IMPORTANT: performance dates
You need to be available to perform at Totton in w/c Mon 19th March 2018
We are also planning a preview night in a city centre venue – and are planning to present the plays to paying audiences as a one-act showcase on Fri 11th/Sat 12th May 2018 TBC
Totton Drama Festival is part of the All England Theatre Festival (AETF). If we are successful and go through, further rounds are as follows:
7th April – Weymouth, Dorset (Southern and Mercia Division quarter final)
5th May – Shaftesbury, Dorset (Western area semi final)
7th June – English Final – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
6th/7th July – British Final – University of Stirling, central Scotland
Bully Beef and Whizzbangs!
Written and Directed by Chris Hawley
The play is set in the battlefields of France during 1916. Smudger, a new arrival at the Front, is keen to shoot his first German whilst Harry is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying his mug of tea. Full of trench humour, WHIZZBANGS is a wry look at life in the trenches through the eyes of two reluctant heroes. Stuck in a hole, surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens?
“Cheer up chum! The first ten years is the worst!”
Two main characters plus smaller parts
Harry (M, 30-50) – he’s been in France for two years. Married, Northern, worn out by the war, sarcastic.
Smudger (M, 17-25) – a new recruit, Londoner, eager, a bit naive.
Officer (M, 19-40)
Chaplain (M, 19-50)
Private (M, 19-50)
Audition pieces (PDF files)
Click on the links to download – these are speeches, and there may also be a couple of dialogue scenes at the audition
Darlings, You Were Wonderful!
Written by Derek Lomas – Directed by Paul Cresser
A comedy for women… The action takes place in the dressing room of a Little Theatre, where the Amazon Theatre Group is about to perform a little-known 17th century Spanish play in a drama festival: “The Well of Defilement” by Juan Ruiz de Aragon.
Amid multiple tensions and general chaos backstage, missing cast member Lesley staggers in, paralytically drunk and dressed in motorcycle gear.
Will the adjudicator be impressed by the seething passion of the cast – and with Lesley’s motorcycle regalia…?
Six main characters (plus a voice)
Vanessa (F, 20-60s) – star of the show, stylish and immaculately turned out
Judy (F, 35-60s) – playing an elderly retainer in the Spanish play, written as Welsh
Irene (F, 40-60) – producing the play, a bit of a drama queen (and tyrant)
Eve and Liz (both F, 30-45) – something of a double act
Lesley (F, 35-60) – arrives in the dressing room drunk…
Audition pieces (PDF files)
Click on the links to download
Auditions for both plays take place on:
Wednesday 17th January 2018 – from 7pm
University of Southampton main campus
Building 34 – Rooms 1020 and 1025