Under Milk Wood - Workshop Notice

 

Rather than the usual R & A approach, for the casting of this show we’ll be running two workshops which will also serve as the reading and audition. It is preferable that you are able to attend both workshops but will not count against you if you can only make it along to one.

Workshop one:              Sunday 7th May, 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm (Foyer, Hampton Hill Theatre)

Workshop two:               Sunday 14th May, 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm (Coward Suite, Hampton Hill Theatre)

Performance Dates:      Sunday 17th September -  Saturday 23rd September 2017

                                          (Coward Room, Hampton Hill Theatre)

The Show

Originally and famously a radio play featuring the mellifluous tones of Richard Burton, Under Milk Wood is regarded by many as Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece.

With it’s lyrical poetry depicting a night and day in the life of fictional Welsh town Llaregubb, we get to know the local people and see how their intertwining lives create the heart of a place where not much really happens.

We are determined to bring the town to life not just through the words and actions of the people involved but also by creating a space that stimulates the senses of the audience so they feel very much immersed for 90 minutes or so.

 

Cast

The obvious challenge with producing this show in the Coward Suite is the large number of characters. There are something in the region of 40 when you include the voices who narrate the piece. For the full breakdown, see the Wiki page:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_Milk_Wood

We have a solution.

While there is a one-man version of this show that pops up each year at the Edinburgh Festival, our production will have the luxury of 6-8 people (exact number to be decided during workshops and auditions) all of whom will play several different roles.

Actors who love the challenge of creating believable characterisation quickly should be salivating at the thought, and it is this skill that we’ll be looking for during the workshops. We are open to seeing anyone male or female, large or small, young or old and if successful, we’ll assign the roles we want you to play.

Our decisions will of course depend to a large extent on suitability for the roles and a little on the logistics of the way we are producing the play.

 

Workshops and rehearsals

We are really looking forward to running the two Under Milk Wood workshops on the 7th and 14th May. With such a unique play and small cast, it's really important that we find people who love to collaborate, can suggest ideas and also build on the ideas of others, are willing to take a few risks and be comfortable with failure. Occasionally.

So to uncover these talents, the two workshops will involve elements of singing, poetry writing and recital (as a group), individual character work, small group scene setting, improv games and accent work. And we might even ask you to shout Ach y fi!

A deep knowledge of the text is not required although if you do want to gen up, the version we are using is:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Under-Milk-Wood-Definitive-Dylan-Thomas/1780227248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493649877&sr=8-1&keywords=under+milk+wood

You might also find this link useful too which provides clarification on some of the more unfamiliar words or phrases. We've devoured it!

http://iws.collin.edu/grooms/geirn1.htm

Most of all, we want to have a lot of fun so we'll hopefully see you there.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the production with me, please get in touch.

 

Paul Turnbull

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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