Stones in his Pockets - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                           Sunday 14th January 2018, 6.00 pm, Foyer

Audition:                           Sunday 21st January 2018, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite

Performance Dates:        Sunday 29th April – Saturday 5th May 2018 (Studio)

Director:                            Wesley Henderson Roe

 

A few years ago a friend, Rupert Degas, was ‘first change’ in the successful West End run of this play, so naturally we went to see him in it.  I was hooked, and chatting afterwards I was taken by the enormous efforts he had put into getting himself cast in order just to be part of this extraordinarily clever and indeed arguably unique piece of writing.

The piece is set, somewhat unremarkably, within a group of film extras bussed in from nearby Co. Kerry towns and villages to populate the long shots of a period drama being filmed in Ireland by a big budget American film company complete with an internationally known megastar female leading lady.

However, the hook is that the cast of two men play all the roles!  Not only that, but they do so without ever leaving the stage or changing costume, relying wholly on their ability to alter their physicality and vocality to move seamlessly from one character to another, sometimes even in conversation with themselves!

And if that wasn’t hard enough each of the two actors must convince in a range of differing accents.

So this is for certain an actors challenge. (I’m saying nothing about a director’s challenge!).  Are you up for it?

 

Actor A plays Charlie, a late 30s male from Ballycastle in Co. Antrim Northern Ireland.

Actor B plays Jake, an early 30s male from Co. Kerry in Eire.

 

Actor A also plays:

Simon, a mid 30s male, First Assistant Director on the film, from a well-educated Dublin background.     

Caroline, the superstar American female leading lady of indeterminate age. (30s/40s).                                   

Jock, a burly man mountain of a Scot, who is ostensibly Caroline’s driver, but also in reality her minder.       

Fin, a young local man, film extra and friend to Sean.

Brother Gerrard, another local man in his 40/50s and one of the teachers at a strict Catholic school.                    

Mr Harkin, Sean’s father, another Kerryman in his 50s.

Clem, the 40s Oxbridge educated English Director of the film.

 

Actor B also plays: 

Aisling, the pretty young (20s) ambitious (uncaring) English Third Assistant Director working under Clem.  

John, Caroline’s 40 something American voice coach tasked with improving her Irish accent.                       

Mickey, another local Kerryman in his 70s who knows the ropes and is wise counsel to the others having lived on his previous experience as an extra years ago on a hugely successful film.                                           

Sean, a very young and troubled teenager with alcohol and drug issues, employed as an extra.                

Dave, a 30s London Cockney employed as part of the film crew.  

Interviewer, an any age, any background minor role.

 

As both actors share the stage throughout each will need to learn half the play!

It is my intention to play more-or-less in the round, fire exits permitting, have no set or scenery, no realistic furniture, no costume changes (other than mimed), no realistic props, only mimed (I may regret this!), and rely only on lighting & sound along with the acting to transfer the audience from place to place as required.

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Wesley Henderson Roe

Director                              

 

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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