The Regina Monologues & Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                            Sunday 20th May 2018, 6.00 pm, Foyer (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Audition:                           Sunday 27th May 2018, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Performance Dates:        Sunday 7th October – Saturday 13th October 2018 (Coward Studio)

Director:                            Linda Sirker

Assistant directors:          Josh Clarke and Michael Bishop

 

The Regina Monologues by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII by James Cougar Canfield

Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.

Three Catherines, two Annes and a Jane all married to a man called Henry.

 

The Regina Monologues:

Set in the present, six women have all been married to the same man. Their lives are both separate and intertwined as they relate their experiences of marriage, love affairs, betrayal, and a shared loathing for all things ginger.

Although an unseen character in this first play, Henry’s presence is felt throughout: a wealthy hotelier he abuses his power to attract, manipulate, and break these women.

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII:

What’s a Tudor monarch to do when he has to face all six of his wives in the afterlife?  Now transported 500 years back in time Ladies in Waiting finds King Henry VIII in a purgatory-like situation, where one by one he must confront and face off each of his wives. Through dark humour, devastating truths, sexy seductions, and powerful revelations, Henry comes face to face with what his legacy has become: one entirely defined by women.

Come along to the reading to find out more about both of these plays and how Linda plans to tackle a 500 year leap within a 20 min interval.

 

Characters

In pairing these two plays it allows our actors a fresh challenge: conveying how these same women’s experiences 500 years apart would differ and how they would be tragically the same.

Our Henry may not appear in Regina Monologues but is on stage throughout Ladies in Waiting and central to the piece. He needs to be able to portray the charisma of the young Henry and emotionally move deftly and convincingly between the different relationships he had with each of his wives.

Playing ages provided as a guide along with accents of our original queens which we would like you to have a go at in the audition.

Catherine of Aragon - the discarded wife, Spanish accent required, 40s

Anne Boleyn – faded beauty, French lilt, 30s

Jane Seymour - pale and vulnerable with an air of simplistic naivety, 20s

Anne of Cleves - looks older than her years, striking and intelligent, German, 25-35

Catherine Howard - sometimes vulnerable and childlike, sometimes the assured young woman, 18-25

Catherine Parr - the composed widow, determined and single minded, 30s

Henry - in his prime; handsome, athletic, a commanding presence in any room, 20-40

 

Audition

Audition pieces will be available at the reading or contact the director if you are unable to make it. Our queens will need to prepare a piece of dialogue from Ladies in Waiting as usual but you will also need to prepare a short (2 min max) video dating profile to bring our six modern women to life. Obviously no need to video yourselves as you will just be presenting to the panel on the day.

Henrys won’t need to prepare a dating profile (you’ve got the cash to get any girl you want!) but will have one or two sections from Ladies in Waiting to present.

In the beginning rehearsals will be scheduled once or twice a week and it’s likely that individuals won’t be needed more than that for first two months of the rehearsal period. With the majority of the script in monologue or dialogue format it allows flexibility of scheduling as well as focused work in pairs and so we don’t envisage summer holidays causing too many issues.

In the meantime, if you would like any further information please feel free to contact me.

Linda Sirker

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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