Readings & Auditions

All readings and auditions are open to both members and non-members and take place at the Swan Theatre unless stated otherwise. Please note that should a non-member be offered a part he/she will be required to join the Swan and all cast and crew are expected to assist with support activities such as bar and Front-of-House for other productions.

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 Brontë by Polly Teale

Production Dates 12th - 17th March

Director  Jess Payne

Summary of play

The play is set in the late 1960's and takes place in a private psychiatric clinic run by DR. Prentice. All the characters except for Nick and Sergeant Match are middle class and well-spoken. The parts are roughly the same size except Sergeant Match, who only makes brief appearances. The play lives or dies based on the quick fire dialogue, and builds to a frantic farce state, with four out of six of the characters in different stages of undress, climaxing to varying levels of pseudo insanity. Entirely non-PC, it has a clever subtext which takes a swipe at every establishment going!

Reading: Monday 4th December at 7:30pm

Auditions: Thursday 7th December and Sunday 10th December both at 7:30pm

 Character List

 (The play includes multi-rolling so, excluding the sisters, the cast play more than one part. This will be cast after the auditions. All together there would be around 7/8 cast members. There is a lot of flexibility with age as the play goes forwards and backwards over a span of 25 years. This is also true of the characters whose ages differ as the sisters write different parts of their novels.)

 Charlotte Brontë: (aged in the play between 9 - 32) Eldest daughter and author of "Jane Eyre"

 Emily Brontë: (aged between 7 - 30) Middle sister and author of "Wuthering Heights"

 Anne Brontë: (aged between 5 - 29) Youngest sister and author of "Tenant of Wildfell Hall"

 Branwell Brontë: (aged 8- 30) Unsuccessful and bitter brother and alcoholic.

 Patrick Brontë: (aged 48- 75) Father of the sister and Branwell. A Pastor.

 Arthur Bell Nichols: (20/30s) Anne's husband and a curate. Anne was the only one to marry.

 Rochester: (40s) The passionate and brooding principal character of Charlotte's "Jane Eyre"

 Heathcliff: (20/30s) The dark and obsessive principal character of Emily's "Wurthering Heights"

 Arthur Huntington: (any age) Drunk and abusive husband, character from Anne's "Tennant of Wildfell Hall

 Cathy: (20s) Wilful and romantic principal character of Emily's "Wuthering heights"

 Bertha: (20s/30s) Rochester's crazy secret wife from Charlotte's "Jane Eyre"

 Director's contact details

 jlpayne@btinternet.com

  07904660427

  01935 891454

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What The Butler Saw by Joe Orton

Production Dates 7th - 12th May

Director  Holly Robson

Summary of play

In Brontë we witness the real and imagined world of the Brontë sisters combine, as the three women are haunted by their own characters and imagination on stage. Isolated on the Yorkshire Moors, the play explores how the sisters use their loneliness, oppression and anger to create some of the most passionate works in literature, all as their brother Branwell turns to alcohol and poverty. Brontë is a modern and revealing look into the lives of three of the country's most treasured writers.

Reading: Monday 22nd January at 7:30pm

Auditions: Thursday 25th January and Sunday 28th January both at 7:30pm

Character List

All these roles are physically demanding and involve a great deal of creative and fast-paced stage choreography.

Geraldine Barclay / Female 20-35 - Almost a caricature in her naivety (taking Dr. Prentice at his word that stripping naked is a necessary part of a job interview), Geraldine is unworldly and innocent. Must look of similar age to Nicholas Beckett.

Dr. Prentice / Male 40-55 - Likes to think of himself as a man of the world , and is outwardly rather suave, but he is revealed as quite inept and panicky in his attempted seduction and subsequent cover-ups. Can be played either as a predetary male figure, or as an innocent victim of circumstance, open to either interpretation.

Mrs Prentice / Female 40-50 - Neglected by her husband, Mrs Prentice seeks solace in the arms of others. Witty, provocative, with an overt air of promiscuity, she is embittered by her experiences and has an acerbic tongue.

Nicholas Beckett / Male 20-35 - Nick is an amoral young man with no conscience and very little self-control. Must look of similar age to Geraldine Barcley.

Dr. Rance / Male 45-65 - Larger than life and quite frankly madder than most of the inmates of the asylums he insprects, Dr. Rance is an egomaniac whose main aim is to publish and become famous, and seesx nothing wrong in trampling over the truth and other people in order to do so. Age-wise he could be from mid-forties to his early sixties.

Sergeant Match / Male - A stereotypically plodding policeman, nonetheless determned to get his man.

 Director contact details:

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