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2 Apr, 2016
About the Show:
Your heart dances. The world seems strange and new. You want to laugh and skip and fall forever… You are in love. You are in love with the wrong person. Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet, fall passionately in love but are doomed never to find fulfilment.
David Lean’s iconic 1945 movie, Brief Encounter, was written by Noel Coward and was based on one of his one-act plays, Still Life, written a decade earlier. Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre Company, has adapted this timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with nine Coward ditties.
Laura Jesson: Stage age early 30’s. Pleasant ordinary woman.
Alec Harvey: Stage age mid 30’s-40’s. Doctor, decisive, unflurried. Ideally a singer but not essential
Fred Jesson: Laura’s husband. Kindly, unemotional.
Myrtle Bagot: Manager of the Tea Room. Stage age 40’s plus. Singer, alto and with some simple dance moves.
Beryl Waters: Waitress in tea room, Stage age late teens to 20’s. Singer, alto with some dance moves.
Stanley: Stage Age late teens to 20’s. Strong singer Tenor/Baritone. Beryl’s love interest. Works selling snacks to train passengers. Confident, cheeky character.
Albert Godby: Stage age 40+. Ticket inspector, shortish, plumpish. Singer, Some simple dance moves. Myrtle’s love interest.
The following characters are smaller roles but may have several non-speaking roles as well. Singers would be preferred:
Hermoine/Usher: Older lady, busy body.
Mary/Usher: Older lady, busy body, Hermoine’s friend.
Dolly Messiter/Usher: Well dressed, well presented friend of Laura.
Stephen Lynn/Usher: Friend of Alec’s
Bill/Usher: Young soldier – overconfident
Johnnie/Usher: Young Solder – Overconfident
Bobbie: Laura and Fred’s son. Young probably about 6 years old.
Margaret: Laura and Fred’s daughter. Slightly older than Bobbie.
Prepare a short monologue and be prepared to read ’cold’. If you are auditioning for a singing role you will need to sing a chorus and verse of a song you are comfortable with.
For any questions, further information or to book an audition, please contact director Jane Sherwood on Facebook, mobile 0421 974 286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Noel Coward
Venue: Stirling Theatre
Theatre Company: Stirling Players
Show Dates: July 1 – 16
Director: Jane Sherwood