TWO -by Jim Cartwright
Directed by Sean Duxbury
Auditions on Sunday 4th November, 2pm at Chorley Little Theatre
Production dates are - Monday 22 April 2013 - Saturday 27 April 2013
'Jim Cartwright’s ‘two-handed’ play ‘Two’ presents a microcosm of working-class life in a Northern pub in the 80’s; a place of failed aspirations and unfulfilled dreams.It’s main characters, the Landlord and Landlady are constantly at extremes with each other; he the hands on money-in-till manager, she the gossipy heart of the bar, their façade ultimately cracks when a young boy in search of his missing dad appears and they are forced to face the loss of their child years before. Along the way to their moving admissions of guilt and loss we witness a variety of characters; Fred and Alice, a lumpy loveable couple, acceptant of their lot in life and protective of each other. In contrast Roy, inadequate about his manliness, bullies Leslie into never-win situations. An Old Lady who wonders, after rewarding herself after another day of caring for her invalid husband, when it will all end is juxtaposed with the quiet Old Man who is content that his dead wife’s spirit is with him. We see a failing Romeo (Moth) and how his pathetic attempts with the women backfires leaving his girlfriend (Maude) suddenly holding all the cards, Likewise a Women fed up of being the mistress drunkenly decides to show her hand to her lover’s wife whilst the odd-match up of Mr & Mrs Iger ultimately prove their dependence on each other.
All life is present in this pub, it is where people celebrate and mourn and we witness their weaknesses and strengths as well as their heart and spirit.
In total there are 14 characters in the play but all are played by just two actors (one male, one female). The total list of characters are:
Landlord’ Landlady, Old Woman, Old Man, Moth, Maudie, Mr Iger, Mrs Iger, Roy, Lesley, Fred, Alice, The ‘Other’ Woman, Young Boy
The audition will be done on the same day and at the same time as the audition for ‘KES’ which is being directed by Danny Price. For the first hour of the audition Danny will be leading a workshop that I would like anyone who is considering auditioning for TWO to attend.After the workshop I would like to hear people read set pieces from the script.
To audition for the male characters I would like to hear the Landlord’s opening speech, and also the ‘Old Man’s’ speech.
The audition for the female characters will be the Landlady’s opening speech and also the ‘Old Woman’s’ speech
What I am looking for is sincerity, so please do not try to emulate an old man’s or old woman’s voice, just read everything using your normal voice, but focus on the emotions of the characters.
Rehearsal will start fairly soon after the audition. There will be minimal costume changes throughout this production, so the actors will need to be able to move from one character to another simply through their actions and body language. This will provide an exciting challenge for the actors cast in the parts, and I want to ensure we have plenty of time to explore the characters and their relationship with each other.