Open Auditions – Edith in the Dark, by Philip Meeks
By Philip Meeks, Auditions on Sunday 3rd March and Wednesday 6th March, both at 7.30 pm in the Theatre Lounge: Play Dates 21st to 25th May
It’s Christmas Eve 1909. Celebrated children’s author, Edith Nesbit (The Railway Children, Five Children & It), retreats to her attic writing room during one of her husband’s tiresome parties, with her housekeeper and an unexpected, handsome party guest. Edith gives a reading of her work. Not one of her cherished children’s tales, but of her terrifying early horror/ghost stories. As the stories unfold it becomes clear all is not what is seems…. Someone in the attic is hiding a deadly secret. Edith in the Dark is a haunting glimpse into the nightmarish inner world of an author whose reputation for cosy childhood innocence is only half the story.
Edith is astute and brilliant but unhappy. She’s quick witted and has an eye for a younger man. She’s a very modern woman for her era. But almost everything she does is a diversion from her personal heartbreak and secrets. Late 40’s.
Biddy Thricefold, from Yorkshire, a not very good Housekeeper, and rather too fond of spiced punch. She loves Edith and is more of a companion than a servant. 50’s, 60’s.
Mr. Guasto, the mysterious uninvited guest, tall strident and handsome, but when he helps Edith with an ailing guest gets more than he bargained for. 30
All three actors also play the roles featured in the stories within the play, regardless of gender or age.
To borrow a script before the auditions contact the director, Sarah Clarke, on 01858 410121 (Sarah directed last season’s Gasping)
Market Harborough Drama Society auditions are open to anyone, but if you become involved with a play you must become a member of the society.