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Design For Living

7 Feb, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Show:

From 1930s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between a vivacious interior designer, Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. Noël Coward’s wickedly witty, dark romantic comedy was initially banned in the UK. With Coward’s trademark piquant style, this lively, funny but also atypical play looks at dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. Exploring themes of bisexuality, celebrity, success and self-obsession, Design for Living is a stylish and scandalous comedy.

Available Roles:

Characters (Ages are stage ages. Some doubling is possible for smaller roles.)

Gilda – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – magnetic and socially mobile interior decorator. In relationship with Leo and Otto. Later married to Ernest. British.

Otto – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – an attractive and loveable visual artist. In a relationship with Leo and Gilda. British.

Leo – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – a talented and socially beloved playwright. In a relationship with Gilda and Otto. British.

Ernest Friedman – SUPPORTING – stage age 30s – 60s – a very successful and precise art dealer. Married to Gilda. British.

Miss Hodge (possible doubling) – stage age 20s – 60s – Leo and Gilda’s disapproving maid. Cockney.

Mr. Birbeck (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – Matter of fact newspaper reporter. British.

Henry Carver (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – one half of a wealthy young married couple. Friends with Grace, Ernest and Gilda. New Yorker

Helen Carver (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – one half of a wealthy young married couple. Friends with Grace, Ernest and Gilda. New Yorker

Grace Torrence (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – wealthy socialite, Europeanized New York matron, friends with Gilda and Ernest. New Yorker

Matthew (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – comely houseman to Ernest and Gilda. British.

Other production personnel are also required: please express your interest.

REHEARSALS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm / Saturdays 2pm, commencing 25th February

Audition Preparation:

Auditionees may wish to present a short rehearsed piece, and will be asked to read a section of the script, available when the audition appointment is arranged. The script can be read online at: https://archive.org/details/designforliving00cowa

Audition Contact:

Dale James, dale.james@pathwest.com.au, 0407 426 957

Audition Date: Feb 4, 6, & 7
Audition Time: 1pm-4pm Feb 4; 7pm-9pm Feb 6; 6pm-9pm Feb 7

Show Information:

Show: Design For Living
Author: Noël Coward
Venue: Old Mill Theatre
Theatre Company: Old Mill Theatre
Show Dates: April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5, 6 @8pm; April 23, 30 @2pm
Director: Barry Park


7 Feb, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old Mill Theatre
0475 895 701


Old Mill Theatre
Cnr Mends Street & Mill Point Road
South Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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0475 895 701