Auditions

 

The audition details for forthcoming productions are shown here.

 

We hold Open Auditions for all plays and, if necessary, principal roles in our annual pantomime.  However, any non-member chosen for a role is required to become a full acting member of the Burgess Hill Theatre Club to appear on stage in the production. Patron Membership is not acceptable for acting roles. You will be expected to join during the first rehearsal.

 

Please ensure that you will be available for the rehearsal period and the stated production dates before auditioning.

 

Location

 

Auditions are held at the Burgess Hill Theatre, 98 Church Walk, Burgess Hill. RH15 9AS

Autumn Production - 2022

 

One Man, Two Guvnors

A play by Richard Bean

Directors

Sophie Davies

Pippa Jones

 

Production dates 

27th to 29th October and 2nd to 5th November 2022

 

Readthrough:

Sunday 7th August 2022, 7pm. ALL WELCOME! 

 

Bring drinks and nibbles and we can have a fun evening reading this wonderful play. There will be an opportunity to register your interest for the auditions if you'd like to.

 

Auditions:

Sunday 14th August 2022, 2pm.

 

Audition pieces can be shared in advance of the audition; it may be helpful, but is not essential, to look at the audition pieces in advance. 

 

Rehearsals:

2-3 rehearsals a week, varied evenings and some weekends, depending on cast availability. Rehearsals will commence in early September. We will provide a rehearsal schedule and not everyone will be required at each rehearsal initially.

Synopsis

 

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End gangster, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancée. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.


Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Cast

 

**Ages can be flexible – please don’t let the age range put you off.**

 

Charlie “the Duck” Clench (Male, 50s)

Small-time London gangster that runs a scrap metal company. Streetwise, but not intelligent. Father to Pauline. Cockney accent.

 

Pauline Clench (Female, 20s)

Daughter to Charlie. Full of life and very stupid. Was engaged to Roscoe (before he died) and now engaged and utterly in love with Alan Dangle. Cockney accent.

 

Alan Dangle (Male, 20s)

A young, aspiring and terribly over dramatic actor with little common sense. Hot-headed and passionate, but ineffective. Engaged to Pauline. Middle-class London accent.

 

Harry Dangle (Male, 50s)

Father to Alan Dangle. A crooked lawyer and partner in a shady law firm. Constantly trying to sound higher brow than he really is. Upper class ‘RP’ accent, which occasionally dips into cockney.

 

Lloyd Boateng (Male, 50s)

An ex-con and friend to Charlie Clench. Owner of “The Cricketers Arms” pub. Charismatic and charming. Working class accent.

 

Francis Henshall (Male, 20-40)

An Essex boy and loveable rogue. Engages with the audience throughout the play. A physically and verbally demanding part but a fabulous opportunity for for a skilled, confident comedic actor.

 

Dolly (Female, 30s)

Charlie’s bookkeeper. Smart and sassy - a true match for Francis. Northern accent optional.

 

Rachel Crabbe (Female, 20s)

London girl from a criminal family. Sharp and quick-witted, driven by her love for Stanley. Spends most of the play pretending to be her dead twin brother.

 

Stanley Stubbers (Male, 30s)

A posh public-school boy from the Home Counties. Very confident and arrogant.

 

Alfie (Male/Female)

The slow and doddering “elderly” waiter, often played by a younger actor. A great physical comedian who must be able to do several ‘falls’. May be double cast as ensemble.

 

Gareth (Male/Female, 40s)

Supercilious, efficient head waiter. Posh ‘RP’ accent. May be double cast as ensemble.

 

Ensemble

Further roles include an old woman, a vicar, a taxi driver, police officers and more. These are mostly non-speaking roles, but are essential. Could double with stage hands.

 

‘The Craze’

The play also features performances by a skiffle band, called ‘The Craze’. Music may be performed live, if possible. Ensemble actors may also form part of the band.

If you are unable to attend the readthrough / audition, but would like to read for a role, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we’ll make alternative arrangements.

 

Sophie and Pippa

Directors

 

Sophie – 07703635434 sophie_rose_davies@outlook.com

Pippa – 07891613848 pippa276@googlemail.com