EDUCATING RITA AUDITION NOTICE
SUNDAY 19th July - 1pm, Chorley Little Theatre
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Dave Reid
Performance dates 7th - 12th September, 7.30pm
Tuesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
You’ve seen the film so you know what it’s about!
The film has many locations to drive the narrative, but the play script is stuck in a single location. This means that the acting becomes paramount.
It’s a two-hander – Rita, the frustrated wife who married too young and wants a new life and Frank, the university teacher who married for the wrong reasons and wants a new life but deep down knows it ain’t going to happen.
There’s a lot of lines to learn for both actors, but there’s a great opportunity to produce an engaging and tragic-comic performance.
The Auditions - Interested?
There is no preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
Rita (F) - 25-40
Must be younger than whoever we cast as Frank and must have a convincing scouse accent. She’s lively, funny and has few social inhibitions. Her strength comes from the belief that “life must be better than this.” Her conflict comes from her loyalty to class and family that she was brought up with.
Frank (M) 45+
Must be older than whoever we cast as Rita!!! Intellectual, apparently confident and professional, but ultimately sad and lost. His strength is his mind, but that’s slowly being pickled with alcohol and regret. His weakness is the eternal sense of “what might have been?” and “is too late?”
Rehearsals will involve detailed characterisation work and intense study of timing and delivery. As it’s a two-hander there’s no room to take a breather – you’re in every scene, so it’s a great acting challenge. The play is very funny, but the comedy will only work if the characters are fully rounded and totally believable. The stage setting will be highly stylised, but the acting has to be totally realistic and believalble.
Fancy a challenge?