AUDITION NOTICE

‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ by Dario Fo

Directed by Robert Walsh

Production Dates – 25thFebruary 2019 – 2ndMarch 2019, curtain up 7:30pm each night.

Date and time of audition – 28thOctober 2018, 10am-1pm

THE PLAY
Set in Milan, the play satirises the story of an anarchist railway worker who ‘accidentally’ fell to his death from a police headquarters building in 1969. It is a political farce. It was extremely successful in Italy and translated and performed around the world. But most importantly…it is very, VERY funny!

THE AUDITION PROCESS
The success of the play is extremely dependent on having actors in every role that are strong comedic performers. They need to be able to improvise and find comedy through instinct. Therefore, the audition will be split into two parts. No preparation is needed, just show up and give it a go!

Part 1: A short group workshop session that will consist of quick warm-up improvisational games and small group work. I want my actors to feel comfortable working and collaborating with each other and this will allow me to see these vital qualities in action!

Part 2: Individual or group reading of sections from the play, which will be provided on the day. You’ll be given time to rehearse these scenes before performing. You may be asked to read more than one scene and be put into different groups so I can see who works best together.

THE PARTS
In the original script there are 5 male roles and 1 female role. However, I feel that a female actor could play some of the ‘male’ roles. Age ranges are an approximation; as long as you are over 16 years old and have left high school feel free to give it a go! I am looking for the best comedic performers, not who ‘fits’ the original character descriptions. In terms of accents, a neutral, RP or your own accent is fine, as while the setting is Italy we won’t be replicating the dialect. 

The part

Age

Gender

Short character description and auditionee notes.

Manic

Any

M or F

A literal Manic! Needs an experienced, quality performer for a demanding role.

Bertozzo

30+

M

Uptight, has a temper. Appears in the first and last scenes of the play.

Pissani

30+

M or F

Highly strung and frustrated, loves him/herself.

Superintendent

40+

M

An intimidating presence with an explosive temper when angered.  

Constable

Any

M or F

Minimal dialogue but a constant presence. Needs a quality physical comedy performer.

Feletti

Any

F

Portrayed as a stereotypical ‘Femme Fatale’. Appears towards the last scene of the play.

 

THE REHEARSALS

There will be a read-thru shortly after the audition. Rehearsals will be once a week during 2018 on a weekday evening. Once we hit the turn of the year, there will be three rehearsals per week on weekdayevenings.  Then, closer to the run of the show, there may be a requirement for an additional rehearsal on a Sunday morning/afternoonup until the run of the show. All rehearsals will be scheduled with cast availability in mind. A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the initial read-thru.

For more information, contact me via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Do you like theatre? Do you like comedy? Do you have a general disregard for the establishment? Then you may enjoy this ruddy good farcical comedy thing if you said yes to some of what I wrote!

Hi, I’m known as Manic! The director was too lazy to write a blurb so he let the main character do it instead. Set in 1969 Milan, this daft little play by Dario Fo is a romantic escapade about a master of disguise and all round genius, that is me referring to myself by the way, and the longings of the fascist police bourgeois who want to be taught a lesson! The master of disguise/genius takes advantage of the police vulnerabilities during a time of controversy! Apparently, people accidently fall out of police headquarters windows now. So, who is better to sort this accident-gate scenario than the most qualified person in Italy…a certified lunatic!

Tickets are available by paying with money. Seats are provided. Free foot massages are provided. One of those may be a fib…don’t ask me which, I’m not sure myself! 

Kind regards,

Manic

A.K.A. Professor Antonio Rabbia, Psychiatrist. Formerly, Lecturer at the University of Padua.

Do you want to be in this year’s Pantomime? Then come along to our Beauty and The Beast cast auditions on Sunday 16thSeptember at 1:30pm!

Production Dates: Friday 14th - Saturday 22th December 2018 

Director: Zoe Duffin-Jones

Musical Director:Amy Hardcastle

Producer and Choreographer:Rebecca Dickinson

Assistant Choreographer: Cara Jones

Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Mike Taylor 

If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! We are particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, or wants to be involved in the technical side. 

The Director: 

Director Zoe Duffin-Jones has been a long standing member of CADOS since the age of 6, having danced and acted numerous musicals, pantomimes and plays. She made her directing debut in 2014 with ‘Shakers’, to go on with ‘Talking Heads’ in 2015 and then in 2016 the hit production of ‘The Railway Children.’  Now she’s back directing this year’s panto, which is packed full of jokes, comedy , slapstick, songs and dances.

The Story:

The classic fairy-tale gets a pantomime twist, a castle full of curious characters and mystery following local girl Belle on her adventure, will she find true love?

All cast MUST be 17 or over during the performance of the show.

For more information please contact Zoe Duffin-Jones on 07447 452488 or via email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone who wants to audition for a part with singing marked next to it please bring a back track on CD or device (iPod etc.) to the audition and be prepared to sing.

For musical enquiries, contact Amy Hardcastle on 07724 851227. We advise you chose a track suitable to the nature of the show i.e. fun, uplifting, aspirational.

Audition pieces will be given out at the audition.

KEY:

S - Singing required within the show and therefore singing audition will be required (as above)

D = Dancing within the show.  M= Movement within the show(i.e. finale routine)

All age ranges are guides only.  Don’t let them put you off auditioning as we are looking for someone who is right for the part, even if that means being flexible on the age.

 Available parts:

Age

   

Belle (F) Traditional principal girl. Spirited and a strong character. Strong singer required and the ability to dance.

17+

S

D

Snowy White (F) Traditional pantomime fairy. Needs good audience interactions and a strong singing voice.

17+

S

D

Prince Sebastian/The Beast (M) A strong character and good singing voice needed.

17+

S

D

The Wicked Witch (F) Traditional pantomime baddie.

25+

 

M

Jean (M) pronounced ‘John’- fancies himself and Belle. (Think Lord Flashheart in Blackadder). Comedy duo with David. Singing required.

17-30

S

D

David (M) pronounced ‘Daved’. Camp. Comedy duo with Jean. Singing required.

17-30

S

D

Papa (M) Belle’s father

40+

 

M

Front-End (M/F) front of the pantomime horse- comedy role (Think Stan Laurel)

17+

 

M

Back-End (M/F) back of the pantomime horse- comedy role (Think Oliver Hardy)

17+

 

M

Tick (M/F) the clock. Character along the lines of Sid James. Singing required.

20+

S

D

Spark (M/F) the candlestick. Character along the lines of Leslie Phillips. Singing required.

20+

S

D

Mrs Spout (M) Traditional pantomime dame. Must have good audience interactions. Singing required.

30+

S

D

Freya & Alice (F) The dame’s daughters- will be cast from dancers- not required to attend cast acting auditions.

 

 

D

 


Do you want to be a dancer in this years’ Pantomime?

Then come along to the auditions on Saturday 15th September 2018at Chorley Little Theatre.

Registration from 8.50am, starting at 9am (aiming to be finished by 12pm).

If you are aged over 6 years old, and believe you can act, sing and dance then we would like to see you there. Formal dance training is preferred but not necessary.

Please ensure you are available for all the performance dates and the week prior before auditioning. If you are not available for all dates, you may not be considered.

Please ensure you dress appropriately and bring dance shoes and adequate drinks as you will be dancing throughout the audition period. Parents / Guardian mustremain with any child (including those aged 16 and still at school) throughout the audition day.

For any further information please contact Rebecca Dickinson, Choreographer, on

07521 977707 or state your interest through our Facebook event!


GOLDEN RULES FOR AUDITIONS!

DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!

DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!

DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition

DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!

DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles

DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance

DON’T assume someone else has it ‘in the bag’ - it comes down to performances on the day and how everyone fits together

DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!

DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance

DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!

 

AUDITION NOTICE:

LAST TANGO IN WHITBY by Mike Harding. Directed by Kath Ashworth

Auditions: Sunday 1st July, 11am - 1pm

Production: Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th September

Rehearsals: start in July - Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Sundays later in August. All speaking cast must be available the two dress rehearsals. If you have limited available time for rehearsals please think before you audition

Synopsis:
Written by Mike Hardy and first produced in 1990. It tells the story of the annual trip of a group of 50+ mainly senior citizens to spend a weekend in a hotel in Whitby. They all seem to be good friends and have been coming and enjoying this trip for a few years. The party consists of couples and single people, mainly women. This year is quite sad as Pat a regular has recently been widowed and is trying to make the best of this weekend. On arriving at the hotel we find the entertainment is provided by Phil and Edna a couple in a seemingly loveless marriage, and Pat’s weekend takes an unexpected turn when Cupid arrives in Whitby. Her friends however are not happy with the unfolding events.

All principle characters are in the 50+ age group and are a lively group of characters some singing and dancing is involved, but nothing too strenuous.

There are a group of 9 principle characters. 3 Males and 6 Females but I would like about 4 extra cast members who will be extras and help with some scene changing.

Characters:
KATHLEEN: Can be bossy and opinionated.
JOAN: Jimmy’s wife can be a bit saucy and loud.
MAUREEN: Opinionated and can be a bit old fashioned in her attitude will double up as Mrs Mingham the hotel house keeper.
PAT: Quite sad at first but gets romantic with Phil and blossoms.
JESSIE: Appears to be a bit special but is really quite timid and easily manipulated. However there is a brave soul inside.
EDNA: Phil’s wife in a a marriage that is making he unhappy due to circumstances in the past, not a happy person can be quite curt.
JIMMY: Always seems to be the life and soul of the party in charge of the ale and everyone having a good time. Quite a caring person.
HENRY: A know all always relating his army years and knows everything and is not afraid to offer his” pennyworth”
PHIL: May have been a minor entertainer back in the day. Quite a charismatic character particularly with some of the ladies. Some ballroom dancing needed.


We also need 1 Male 20 to 30 and 2 female cast members 18 to 20 to play several small speaking and non-speaking roles. Come on the audition day to let me know if you are interested. (A kissing cuddling couple will be necessary for two of the roles.)


Contact : Kath Ashworth Director 01204 699156, 07340367005, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can message me on Face Book.

Producer, Barry Ashworth, SM, Jackie Green, Sets by Shaun McManus, Lighting & Sound, Paul Carr
Costume, Sandra Dickinson

AUDITION NOTICE:

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME by Terry Wynn. Directed by Steve Unsworth

Auditions: Sunday 24th June, 11am - 1pm (registration from 10.30am)

Production: Monday 15th - Saturday 20th October

Message from the director: Although the theme appears to be heavily rugby based, it isn’t really; it’s a play about community, social injustice, belief and values – it’s very human... there’s not a rugby move in sight! Although I have my own clear ideas, I want to encourage an ensemble piece where we all have ownership, where the actors (where possible) provide the music, manage the scene changes, and so on. Rehearsals are to be negotiated once the cast are in place. Any questions.....drop me a line or give me a ring

The Play A new play, laced with Northern wit, about sporting apartheid in the North of England. Set in the period from 1980 to 1995 it shows how a young man is prevented from playing for his club team because he has played another sport. It displays the prejudice of the Rugby Football Union to those who played Rugby League and as time moves on shows the fight to beat this attitude of Twickenham’s “Old Farts”. Some of the dialogue is taken from the book "Rugby's Class War" by David Hinchliffe, one of the MPs who were prominent in creating the environment that led the RFU to make changes to their discriminatory rules that had been enshrined for 100 years.

The cast:

Jason, whom the story revolves around. At University in York, where he has gained his LL.B and is now studying for his Law Society Finals. Plays fly half for a top Yorkshire Rugby Union club. Age 22 in 1980

Doreen, his mother, typical Wiganer, always ready to speak her mind. Recently widowed, matey with Vera and they follow Wigan Rugby League team.

Vera, her pal, strong northern woman, same age as Doreen, early forties in 1980.

Kathleen, On the opposite side of the fence to Doreen and Vera when it comes to church politics, and politics in general as she is also a committed Conservative. She is also the church organist and a St Helens supporter.

Derek, the Minister of the church. In 1980 he is a young, lively, bloke-next-door type. Wears jeans, short sleeved clerical shirt and clerical collar. Becoming more conservatively dressed as the years pass. Not local to Wigan, originating from the Wirral. Knows nothing about rugby of any kind. He leads a lively congregation, keen on singing and has a good choir. Unfortunately he is saddled with an ageing building that is in desperate need of costly repairs.

Peter, the church caretaker and resident cynic, except when it comes to Rugby League. Speaks with a broad Wigan accent. Age 50ish in 1980. This character has some of the wittiest lines and is well featured in the play.

George, the rugby prop forward who always leads the singing in the changing rooms. Lawyer but rough as a badgers bum. Middle class Yorkshire man. Age 30 in 1980. Sings quite a lot and is a central character.

Simon, at 19 the youngest member of the rugby team, well educated but naïve in the politics of the club. Only appears in first half.

The Coach, in his 50’s, tough and ruthless. Only appears in scene 6.

Roger Stott MP. Only appears in the second half. Age mid 30’s in 1980.

Gerald Kauffman MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Hearing. Only appears in scene 12. Depending on cast availability this could be played by The Coach.

Four Witnesses at the hearing in scene 12; depending on cast availability could be played by the Simon, George, Derek and Peter cast members.

Please note: It is envisaged that all cast members can sing (please prepare to sing ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘Jerusalem’ for audition)

For a copy of the script please email Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he’ll send an electronic copy. He can also be contacted on 07758243651 or on Facebook/Messenger

Probable Audition sections

Doreen – speech p110-111
Kathleen – mono p 60
Jason/George/Simon – p 18 – 20
Peter – 75 – 76 (re comic timing)
Derek/Peter – p 6/7......add Doreen/Vera/Kathleen p 7-9

Vera/Doreen/Derek/Kathleen/Peter – p38 – 42
Simon/George/Derek/Peter/Coach – ability to play a witness in last scene too...so change of vocal and physicality needed – for audition all will present p 111 Witness 4 speech

Be My Baby Audition Notice

Audition Date- Sunday 18th March 2018 

Audition Time- 10am

Written by Amanda Whittington                                                    

Directed by Rebecca Dickinson                                                                    

The Production dates:

Monday 11th June -Saturday 16th June 2018 inclusive

Please ensure you are available for all dates (including the week before for dress rehearsals) before auditioning.

The Storyline:

The central character of this play a 19-year-old girl called Mary. Her mother (Mrs. Adams) discovers that Mary is seven months pregnant and sends her to a religious mother-baby home. Other pregnant girls staying at the home are Queenie, Norma and Dolores. Queenie is a street-smart girl with a past; Dolores is a dreamer, whilst Norma is not very bright. Each of them is forced to come to terms with their pregnancy, and through the time that they spend at the home, not only do they learn a little bit about pregnancy but the four girls also become great friends, bonding over songs by The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups. 

The Cast (all female). Please note ages are that of the character – anyone over 16 can audition.

Mary, 19

Initially quiet and shy but grows in confidence. A dreamer. Must be able to sing in tune.*

Approx. 350 lines

Dolores, 17

Not very bright. Does not fully understand her situation. Dreams of a future with her baby.*

Approx. 150 lines

Norma, 20

Naïve and vulnerable. Must be able to show a range of emotions including distress from hallucinations. *

Approx. 90 lines

Queenie, 20

Street-smart with a past. Aspires to be a singer one day. Bold and witty character.*

Approx. 240 lines

Mrs Adams, 35+

Mother to Mary. Anxious and timid lady who just wants the best for her daughter.

Approx. 120 lines

Matron, 40+

Matron of St Saviour’s. Firm but fair matron to the girls with a softer side seen at times.

Approx. 230 lines

 

*For those auditioning for Mary, Dolores, Norma or Queenie, you will be required to sing the first verse and chorus of either Be My Baby, The Ronettes, or Chapel of Love, The Dixie Cups.

For more information and to express your interest please contact Rebecca Dickinson via Facebook, on 07521 977707 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.