Auditions

All MHDS auditions are open, which means everyone is free to turn up and be considered, irrespective of previous experience.
If you are cast in a production and are not already an MHDS member, you will need to join.

Details of auditions will be posted below as they become available.


People by Alan Bennett

Dates and times

Mon 6th February at 7:30pm
Sun 12th February at 7:30pm
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

Monday 6th February 7.30pm and Sunday 12th February 7.30pm

Playing dates 23rd to 27th May

This story centres on two sisters, Dorothy and  June, who live in their ancestral home, Stacpole House, but cannot afford to maintain it. June favours donating tit to the National Trust, while Dorothy resists and explores other options, including selling to investors who wish to hire it out as a film set for a maker of porn films..  The contrast between the two couldn’t be greater.  Dorothy hates the idea of crowds of National trust visitors tramping through her lifelong home. “Why”  she asks, “can’t it just fade into obscurity”.

The Characters are:

Lady Dorothy Stacpole  –  Peer, ex-model, (60-70):     Bevan –  valuer, land agent wanting to manage the sale of the house (30’s): Iris       – Dorothy’s companion  (60 70):     June Stacpole  – Dorothy’s sister and an Archdeacon (50-60): Ralph Lumsden  –  National Trust officer wanting the house for the ‘Nation’ (50+) :   Bishop  –  June’s superior in the clergy (50+):    Mr Theodore  –  Film producer and onetime friend of Dorothy (60-70):  Bruce  –  Film company’s technician/grip (40+) :  Louise  –  Wardrobe mistress for the film company (25+) :  Nigel  –  Assistant director (30+):   Les  –  Cameraman (30+) :    Colin  –  Actor (25+):  Brit   –  Actress (25+):                    Ensemble: five additional characters are required –  age and gender non-specific. 

(includes sexual references and adult humour)

If you want to find out more or read a script before the auditions, contact the Director, Neil Kitson, via neil.kitson1@btinternet.com   

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved with a play you will be asked to become a member of The Market Harborough Drama Society


Death and the Maiden, by Ariel Dorfman

Dates and times

Mon 13th March at 7:30pm
Sun 19th March at 2:30pm
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

Winner of Laurence Olivier Best Play 1992. Studio Production on 22nd to 24th June 2023             Directed by Sarah Clarke

Auditions on March 13th at 7.30pm And March 19th at 2.30pm

In an unnamed Latin American country that is in transition to democratic government after a long period of dictatorship, a woman, who is still in a fragile state years after her imprisonment, rape and torture, believes that the stranger, who has helped her husband with his car’s punctured tyre, is one of the people responsible for her ordeal.  Is he the person she believes him to be? Can she get him to confess to his past actions?  What can her husband do in this situation? Does he believe her? ‘It is a terrifying moral thriller which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion’. Sunday Times

Characters:

Paulina Salas  – thirty-eight years old

Gerardo Escobar  –  her husband, a lawyer, around forty-five

Roberto Miranda  –  a doctor, around fifty

(includes some sexual references and violence)

I would like to cast people who are free during the day as well as some evenings, as this would give us more time to rehearse this challenging play. If you are interested and would like to read a script before the auditions, please contact me on 07804 171105, or email sarahclarke967@gmail.com

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved with a play, you will be invited to join the Market Harborough Drama Society


The Heiress by Augustus and Ruth Goodman Goetz

Dates and times

Wed 22nd March at 7:30pm
Wed 29th March at 7:30pm
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

Auditions will take place on Wednesdays, 22nd and 29th March in the Theatre Lounge at 7.30 pm, with a possible further one on Sunday 2nd April Playing dates 4th – 8th July 2023

Based on the novel Washington Square by Henry James, this is the story of Catherine who is a quiet, shy, naïve, young lady living with her father and aunt in New York, in the 1840’s. Compared with her late mother she is unworldly, but is about to inherit a fortune. She meets suave, attractive, Morris Townsend, and falls hopelessly in love. Her father disapproves and attempt to thwart their relationship believing he is only interested in her fortune. Is Morris after her for her self or her money?

Rehearsals are usually on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting from Tuesday 2nd May.

The Characters are: Dr Austen Sloper, Catherine’s Father – 50’s. Catherine, shy, reserved, unworldly, 20-25. Lavinia Pennyman Dr Sloper’s sister, 40 to 50. Mrs Elizabeth Almond another sister, 50 ish. Marian Almond Elizabeth’s daughter, 20-25. Arthur Townsend – Marian’s fiance, 25-30. Morris Townsend – Arthur’s Cousin, 25-30, suave and the object of Catherine’s affection. Mrs Montgomery – Morris’s Sister, 30 ish. Maria (The parlour maid), any age.

If you would like to read a script before the auditions, you can borrow one for seven days from the theatre office on weekday mornings 9.30 – 12.30 from Owen Brooks: or if you have other queries about the production you can contact the director, John Foreman on 07870 582814 or by email: jcforeman@btinternet.com

The auditions are open to anyone, but if you become involved with a play in any capacity you will be asked to become a member of the Market Harborough Drama Society.