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
Brontë by Polly
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
Reading: Monday 4th December at 7:30pm
Auditions: Thursday 7th December and Sunday 10th
December both at 7:30pm
(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
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"
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What The Butler Saw by Joe Orton
Production Dates 7th - 12th
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
All these roles are physically demanding and involve a
great deal of creative and fast-paced stage
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
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.
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