Audition details - The Woman in Black
Director – Steve Pearton
Saturday 8 February 2014 10.00 am
Location: The Pavillion Theatre
Phone: 0412 741 295
The Woman In Black is the rarest of breeds - a Victorian-era ghost story crafted for the theatre. It is based on the novel by Susan Hill published in 1983. The story centres on Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.
It was adapted for the stage in 1989 by Stephen Mallatratt. It remains to this day the second-longest running play in the history of London’s West End behind The Mousetrap.
The following cast is required:
This is one of the two main roles in the show. This part requires energy, stamina, skill, and a flair for English accents. He will assume a variety of characters during the course of the story.
He is an older character, so he could be anywhere from 30+ (with makeup) to 50 and physically fit.
This is the second of the two main roles in the play.
He is a younger character, so preferably someone around 25-35. This actor plays the part of Kipps (the solicitor) as a young man. As with the other male role, this character requires energy, stamina and a great deal of skill. This characters goes through a wide range of emotional states.
The Woman In Black is the title character. She is a woman with a tragic past. This will be a very challenging part to play because it is all about stage presence and creating a unique atmosphere.
If you are motivated by the challenge of performing a critical role in a very small cast that requires a tremendous amount of commitment and a professional attitude, this is the role for you.
Here you will have the opportunity to create an extraordinary character, and a performance that will not be forgotten for a long time.
This character is a young mother, so someone in their 20’s to 30’s would be a good fit. She will preferably be tall and thin. The reasons for this will become obvious once you read the script.
What the director is looking for:
The two male roles:
These two roles require an intense level of commitment, both physically and mentally. They are big roles, both are onstage for the majority of the running time and are required to portray a wide variety of skills.
You must have:
• outstanding range of performance skills
• a great stage presence and plenty of energy
• a willingness to contribute to creating the story
• the ability to work collaboratively
• the ability to analyze script and character, and a willingness to contribute to such discussions
• an ability to play multiple characters (where necessary).
You will also leave your ego at the door.
Everything that happens in the story is because of this character.
This is a rare opportunity to create a truly memorable character with little more than your sheer presence. This role is the epitome of “less is more”. It’s not a showy role, but there is a challenge to create a terrifying atmosphere and a chilling presence.
If this is not achieved, the play will fail. Therefore, this role requires an enormous level of commitment, perseverance and skill.
• Performing some cold reads from the script.
• Some simple physical and/or vocal exercises.
• All age ranges mentioned above are flexible depending on who is cast.
2,3,9,10,16,17, 23 & 24 May 2014.
Rehearsals begin shortly after auditions and will generally run two nights a week and one day a weekend. Confirmation of dates will be provided at auditions.
Phone: 0412 741 295