Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                            Sunday 6th May 2018, 6.00 pm, Foyer

Audition:                           Sunday 13th May 2018, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite

Performance Dates:        Saturday 15th September - Friday 21st September 2018 (Auditorium)

Director:                            Matt Beresford

 

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense by David Goodale & Robert Goodale.

 

What ho! What ho! What Ho!

So, the posish is this - my Aunt Agatha has roped me into speaking to the good people of Hampton Hill, tucked away in a leafy corner of the metrop.

Now, the last time I was on stage Jeeves had me singing Sonny Boy (after it had already been given twice) at a rather rough church hall in the East End. The bird was definitely in the air as I left the stage and I feared fruit would be flung... I’d rather not repeat the experience so am hoping you chaps of Teddington Theatre Club will rally around and present this ‘entertainment’ for me.

The idea is one of you thesps pretends to be me, as it were, saying all the things that I might say, if you follow me? Another fellow pretends to be Jeeves, another Aunt Dahlia’s butler Seppings and….well, you get the idea.

But how will I know what to do I hear you cry? Well, these clever chaps the Goodales have written it all down in a ‘script’. So, it’s a simple matter of learning all the words, popping in a bit of comedy business and bob’s your uncle!

The local big-wigs of have got this chap Beresford along as major-domo or ‘director’, as I believe they insist on being called. As I understand it he knows the difference between his stage left and his stage right, which seems to be pretty much all there is to it…I shall leave you in his capable hands!

I must pop off - Its Pongo Twistleton’s birthday and we’re all off to Quags to put on the nose-bag!

Pip Pip….Bertie.

 

The Play

When the curtain goes up the audience are greeted by Bertie Wooster, alone on stage, as he begins to tell the story of a ‘perfectly frightful’ weekend at Totleigh Towers, where he was unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle.

Fortunately, Bertie’s gentleman’s personal gentleman, Jeeves, is on hand, together with Aunt Dahlia’s butler Seppings, to provide the scenery and props as well as all doubling up as all of the other characters. What follows is a delightfully silly evening of theatrical invention, farce and some of the finest comic writing in the English language!

I have long been a lover of Wodehouse and it’s been a joy to re-read all of the Jeeves and Wooster stories in preparation for directing the Goodales hilarious adaptation. I can’t wait to share it with three excellent TTC actors and our brilliant creative team.

 

Characters and Casting

All male I am afraid ladies, sorry!

All three chaps need to have funny bones, a lot of energy, be up for ‘playing’, for looking daft for indulging in frankly childish silliness, and having a bloody good time! All three parts are gifts for actors.

Bertie Wooster - 25-40. Effervescent, energetic, silly. He needs funny bones and great charisma. A lot of his dialogue is in direct address to the audience, whom he must immediately charm. BBC/RP accent/Eton.

Jeeves - 35-60. Bertie’s valet and a man of extraordinary resourcefulness. Played with constant understatement and largely with a straight face. Jeeves also plays Sir Watkyn Basset, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Stephanie (Stiffy) Bing, and Madeleine Bassett. BBC/RP accent, but capable of very different voices.

Seppings - 50-65. Aunt Dahlia’s butler, who rallies around to help Jeeves and Bertie tell the story. Seppings also plays Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode, Antique Shop Proprietor, Butterfield and Constable Oates. As with Jeeves a versatility in vocal range goes without saying.

 

Each auditionee will have a chance to play with the role under direction. Those going for Jeeves or Seppings will be asked to have bash at one of the female roles (more ‘dame’ than ‘drag’!) and another role.

I will share audition parts at the reading, or if you’d like them earlier please contact me.

 

Useful Info!

As there will only be four of us for a fairly short play, rehearsed over a four month period, I will look to be as flexible as possible on rehearsals; probably two evenings a week for the first two months, before adding in some Sundays. We’ll all have holidays to work around, so if you are heading off to sunnier climes over the summer please don’t let that put you off from auditioning!

I am used to rehearsing with a very thorough and detailed process. This show, however, is going to be about lots of business and wringing comedy out of every pore! We’ll have a ball!

I’ll be delighted to answer any questions at the reading or contact me via this website (see below).

 

Matt Beresford

Director

(On behalf of B.W. Wooster, Esq.)

 

Contact Details:  To get in touch with the director before the Reading/Audition, please use the Contact page of this website and your message will be forwarded.

NOTE:   We have an open casting policy:  anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member. 

 

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