Auditions: One Man, Two Guvnors and Taking Leave
One Man, Two Guvnors
By Richard Bean / Directed by Roger Carr
Performance Dates: January 20-February 4
Friday, September 16, 7-10 pm. Be prepared to stay for the entire audition period.
Saturday, September 17, 1-4 pm. Be prepared to stay for the entire audition period.
Callbacks will be held Sunday, September 18, 1-4 pm.
One Man, Two Guvnors sets the characters and situation in Brighton, England in 1963 and is a slapstick romp with elements of Commedia, slapstick, farce and vaudeville. Accents at auditions would be delightful and help is at hand. We do have a skiffle band in the show and they perform numerous songs. The cast will also sing one or two numbers but this singing is incidental to the acting and won’t be part of the audition.
The following scenes will be worked during the audition:
Lloyd, Dangle, Charlie (Pauline,Dolly bits) pages 13-16
Lloyd, Rachel (Skip Charlie) pages 23-24
Stanley, Frances – pages 25-27
Alan, Frances, Stanley – pages 29-31
Frances, Rachel – pages 35-36
Rachel, Pauleen (Charlie bits) – pages 39-42
Gareth, Alfie, Frances – pages 44-45
Alan, Dangle, Charlie – pages 60-62
Dolly, Frances – pages 65-69
Pauline (20+): Cockney. “They can’t make bricks thicker.”
Rachel (20+): London accent. Sharp. Plays dead brother Rosco.
Dolly (20+): Servant. Bright and a tease.
Frances (30+): Working class. Harliquino. Easily distracted. Physical comedy.
Stanley (20+): Upper class. Public (Eton’esque) school values.
Gareth (30+): Neutral accent. In charge head waiter.
Alfie (80+): But will cast a young, agile male. Neutral accent.
Lloyd (40+): London/Jamaican.
Alan (20+): Upper class striving to be working class. “Actor.”
Charlie (50 +): Cockney. Retired gangster.
Harry (50 +): Upper class. Crooked lawyer.
A variety of company characters will be pulled from the above auditions.
Scripts are available at www.langhamtheatre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/One-Man-Two-Guvnors-ACT-I.pdf.
NOTE: If you are reading the script on your computer, you may have to rotate the image by right-clicking and select “rotate clockwise”
Please direct any questions to either Roger Carr (director) at email@example.com or Gil Henry (producer) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taking Leave by Nagle Jackson
Directed by Angela Henry
“A rich … dramatic comedy [that] provokes a great deal of compassionate laughter” (Backstage West). A dementing Shakespearean scholar wrestles with his three daughters and the fading light of his mind in a Stoppardesque parallel of King Lear. Funny and poignant!
Terrific character roles for all six players. Each carves out his or her own niche of warmth, appeal, humour and irritating quirkiness.
The 2 Eliots: Two men with similar physique and energy.
Eliot 60 – 75 years, cultured, articulate, academic, playful, used to being in control and childlike when he is not. Must be prepared for a brief exposure of the derriere.
Eliot-1 50 – 75 years, cultured, articulate, academic, tiredly patient with Eliot’s diminished self. Eliot-1 is the former intelligent Eliot before the dementia began unravelling his mind.
Alma: 30 – 50 years, Eliot’s oldest daughter; concerned, but somewhat narcissistic, unrealistic about her ailing father, indecisive bordering on cowardly
Liz: 30 – 50 years, Eliot’s second daughter; officious, business-like, practical. Very put-together professional woman working in film, with little patience for her other two sisters
Cordelia 25 – 40 years, Eliot’s youngest daughter; spunky, alternative, warm, cheeky. She cares most deeply for her father’s well being.
Mrs. Fleming 40 – 60 years, the caregiver/nurse. A no-nonsense woman capable of man-handling her patient/charge.
Auditions: Sat and Sunday Dec 3rd and 4th 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please arrive at 1:00 pm. Rehearsal room of Langham Court
Call backs: Mon, Dec 5th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Rehearsal Room
Production dates: March 1 – 18, 2017
Rehearsals: Tuesday, Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon, but flexibility and changes are possible. A few rehearsals in December but beginning in earnest in January.