SPP'S PRODUCTION FOR FEBRUARY 2019
Playhouse Creatures, by April De Angelis,
To be directed by Martin Walsh
AUDITION CALL - Monday 8th October 2018 7.30pm
The year is about 1670, a bawdy and troublesome time. Theatres have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage.
"With delicious absurd extracts from the heroic repertory and frantic dressing room scenes, the prevailing tone is comic but you are not allowed to forget the gutter waiting to reclaim these glittering figures." - Independent on Sunday
"Playhouse Creatures" is a moving, often comic, account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses, and provides strong roles for women.
There are two versions of this play. The original 1993 version has a cast of 5 women. The revised 1997 version has three additional characters, making a cast of 2 men and 6 women.
We will consider performing either of these versions; our choice will depend largely on who puts themselves forward for audition.
Version 1 (1993)
Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley and Rebecca Marshall are young actresses.
Mary Betterton is a more mature actress, coming to the end of her career.
Doll Common is 60 or so, acts a bit, sweeps up a lot and empties the piss pot.
Version 2 (1997)
All of the above plus:
Thomas Otway, a young aspiring playwright.
The Earl of Rochester, a middle-aged, debauched libertine famous for his bawdy verses.
Elizabeth Barry, young, a famous tragic actress, and the Earl of Rochester's mistress.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Monday 8th October 2018 7.30pm
Upstairs at the Steam Crane: a read-through of Playhouse Creatures for those who want to familiarise themselves with the play before auditioning.
Monday 15th October 2018 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm.
Audition upstairs at the Steam Crane. If date is not convenient please call Christine on 0117 9772882 to arrange an alternate date.
Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and another day to be agreed, with some Sundays, upstairs at the Steam Crane commencing on Monday 5th November.
N.B. Lines will have to be learnt by 7th January 2019 at the latest.