CADOS Present

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written and Directed by Mark Jones

Producer Rebecca Dickinson

AUDITION NOTICE for the roles of Sherlock Holmes & John Watson

Sunday 20th January - 2pm at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Performances

Mon 27-Sat 22 June 2013 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

 

The Rehearsals:

Tuesdays (7.30-10pm), Fridays (7.30-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

 

The Play

Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel, my version of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ is set in modern day – in June 2013. The play follows the main plot line of the original novel but has a modern twist. Opening at the end of their last adventure, Sherlock is angry with John Watson who has announced that he is to be married and therefore will no longer be able to partner him on future adventures. Sherlock descends into a drug fuelled existence until his next client – Dr Mortimer - enters 221B Baker Street. Mortimer informs Holmes about the recent death of Charles Baskerville who died at the hands of a ‘gigantic’ hound. Mortimer insists a supernatural cause for the death. Sherlock dismisses this and insists that it will be a natural cause. Mortimer will escort Henry Baskerville, the heir to Baskerville Hall, back to his new home. Mortimer served with Watson in the gulf. Sherlock uses their friendship to entice Watson onto this new case. In taking the case Sherlock dispatches Watson to look after Henry on his journey to Baskerville Hall. At the house, we meet the Barrymores and the Stapletons; and Watson is confronted with strange supernatural ‘goings-on’. Sherlock appears at the house and after initial investigations insists on going out onto the moor to find the hound.... which he does .... and suffers a temporary mental breakdown on seeing the ‘gigantic’ hound! His very existence is challenged as he faces the prospect of having to accept that the supernatural may be at play. Slowly he recovers his determination to disprove the supernatural notion. In true Sherlock style he wraps up the case with the conclusion that it is not a ‘Hound’, but greed and money which are gigantic! At the end he returns to 221B, makes his peace with Watson by giving his blessing to his future wedding, but then returns to a drug fuelled state which reveals the figure of Professor James Moriarty, who has haunted him throughout the case. This is a play about beliefs being challenged. A question of the supernatural versus the natural; about love and loss; about the challenge of the norm and most of all about what is real and what is imaginary. Elementary!!

 

This CADOS production : This audition is for those interested in playing either Sherlock Holmes or John Watson. The audition for the rest of the cast will take place on Sunday 3rd March 2013 at 12pm. Full details of that audition to follow.  I want to cast Holmes and Watson early – ahead of others, as it will help me to complete the script knowing who will be playing the leads, it will also allow the opportunity for some improvisation of scenes (during Feb) and also there will be a need to undertake some filming during Feb/March which will be used in the final production. Rehearsals of the full cast will start from 8th March 2013.

Note – if you do not get cast as Sherlock or Watson it will not prevent you from auditioning again on 3rd March for one of the other parts.

 

The Director

This will be my 8th production for CADOS, following on from ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004).

 

The Auditions - Interested?

 

At the audition you will be asked to improvise a scene between Holmes and Watson – no preparation required. Following this you will be invited to perform the audition piece (below) – you do not need to learn the lines, however, a depiction of your ‘take’ on the character would be required.

 

 

Role(s)

Sex

Age Range

Detail

Sherlock Holmes

M

 

30 something

or

Late 40’s/early 50s

 

 

In the novel Sherlock is aged late 40s/Early 50s... at this stage I have not decided whether to cast at this age or someone aged 30s – I will decide depending on who turns up at the audition.

My take on Sherlock..... A complex character who I see as ......Sarcastic, arrogant, annoying and yet supremely talented and  ..... usually right! His OCD and brilliance outshines his negative qualities. However, he is plagued by the ordinariness of the world and when not solving a case uses drugs to escape into another world. He is quick talking, pensive yet eccentric..... easy part then!

 

Dr John Watson

M

25-35

 

I will definitely be casting Watson as 25-35.

In Sherlock’s shadow Watson appears a mere mortal. Yet it is Watson who keeps Holmes grounded and allows him to shine. They are the perfect double act and my Watson adds more to the solution/conclusion than other depictions would have you believe. He constantly bickers with Sherlock – like an old married couple.

About to be married to Miss Morstan, with whom he is madly in love with, he is nonetheless drawn to his partner in crime.

 

If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact either Mark on 0787 7111248 or via the "Submissions" form on this site.)

 


 

Audition Piece

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Act One

Scene One

Music – Placebo – ‘Running up that Hill’

Curtains open.

Lights up quickly.  Two men standing. A red light bulb in the centre of the room swings from side to side. The men stand - off centre of the light, silhouetted. They have their backs to the audience; the smaller of the two (Dr John Watson) stands behind the other (Sherlock Holmes). The back wall is splattered with blood. Four body bags are situated at the back. The two men are looking at the corpses.

Watson: Well there.  An end to our little drama.

(Long Pause)

Watson: I fear that it may be our last investigation in which I shall have the chance of working with you.

Sherlock: There’ll be others.

Watson: (nervous cough) Miss Morstan has done me the honour of accepting my wedding proposal.

Sherlock: There’ll be others!

Watson: (annoyed) Have you any reason to be dissatisfied with my choice?

Sherlock: It is not about choice!

Watson: This is so intolerable. Why are you being like this?

Sherlock: I am ..... what I am!

Pause

Watson: Look. I have my own life.... to lead.

Sherlock: I know.

Long Pause

Sherlock: And so do I!

Watson: I feel bad.

Sherlock: Why?

Watson: I have got a wife out of this case. What do you get?

Slight Pause.

Sherlock: For me, there will always remain ....... the cocaine-bottle.

Watson: Well that’s not good is it!

Sherlock: It’s about choice!

Pause

Watson: How did you do it?

Sherlock: How did I do what?

Watson: How did you solve this?

Sherlock: Elementary.

Watson: No not elementary. It wasn’t elementary to me. How did you do it?

Sherlock: (turns to face him) How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Watson: (shaking head) I don’t understand it all.

Sherlock: I know you don’t! And that is what separates us and explains why you are only Dr John Watson and I .... am Sherlock Holmes...

Music - Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’ – he walks forward. A single light catches him as he plays a fake violin. On cue from the song he claps his hands. Lights out.

Film – Holmes and Watson – together , filmed on various previous adventures; dissolving into titles for the play; at the end of which, lights up on 221B Baker Street

 

Scene Two.......... (coming soon to a stage near you........!)