Open auditions – Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn
Wednesday 25th September (theatre lounge) and Monday 7th October (Harlequin room) 7.30 pm Playing dates 21st—25th January
Confusions is a set of five short very different comedies, loosely connected, written in the 1970s, when Ayckbourn was at his peak. Each play is complete in itself, looking at the human condition from a different viewpoint, and each is a brilliant vignette in its own right.
A young mother slowly losing her grip on reality after being left alone with three small children every day; a husband whose job takes him away from home, trying his luck with a couple of young ladies in a hotel bar; two couples having meals in a restaurant which in both cases turn into a disaster for a linked reason; a village fete where if things can go wrong they do, and a final play set in a park where the characters take it in turns to bore each other without realizing they are doing so.
When performed in the West End (where it enjoyed a long run) all 22 parts were played by five actors—John Alderton, Pauline Collins, Derek Fowlds, Sheila Gish and James Cossins, all established Ayckbourn actors of the day. We’ll be doing it slightly differently. I’m looking to form a company of around 10 or 11 actors who will between them play the 22 parts, but will also act as stage crew (under the direction of Laura Jones, the Stage Manager) and will also prompt. As an example, an actor may be in plays 1 and 4, prompt play 3 and be on the stage crew for plays 2 and 5. As you will see it will be a real team effort. I propose to cast from both senior actors and senior members of the Youth Theatre.
There will be a couple of read throughs in October, with rehearsals starting after The Revlon Girl in mid November, to just before Christmas, resuming in early January. As usual, rehearsals will be mostly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, probably working on two plays each evening, putting it all together in January.
Confusions at the All England One Act Plays’ Festival. We can also (if there are volunteers) take a couple of the plays to festivals and all people will be asked at the audition if they want to take part in the festivals. The festival performances will not necessarily be performed by the same people who are in the theatre plays. You can opt to perform in the theatre only, the festivals only or both.
To read a script before the auditions, please contact me: John Foreman, Tel: 01858 462030 Mobile:07870 582814 email: email@example.com
These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved with a production in any capacity you will need to become a member of the drama society.