The Garden Suburb Theatre (GST) is a friendly and welcoming amateur theatre company.

We are a registered charity promoting involvement in the Dramatic Arts in North London. We welcome anyone who wishes to learn more about drama, either by participating in or coming to watch one of our diverse programme of shows.

Audition Notice

Blackadder

by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Live on Stage - A Cunning Stunt

Performances

Performance Dates:

  • Thursday 12th May 2016, 7:30pm
  • Friday 13th May 2016, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 14th May 2016, 3pm
  • Saturday 14th May 2016, 7:30pm

The Bull Theatre, 68 The High Street, Barnet, EN5 5SJ

Audition

St Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue N3 1BD

Sunday 28th February 2016, 7:30pm

Informal pre-audition script reading

Location tbc

Thursday 11th February 2016, 8pm

Director: Jon Musker

Assistant Director: Ruth Huggett

A modern partly-devised performance based on three original episode scripts from the BBC sitcom Blackadder 2 (the Elizabethan one). TV adaptations are always popular with audiences and the second series of Blackadder is (in our opinion) the funniest, so we expect a sell-out run at The Bull.

We are looking to cast an energetic team of actors who wish to work collaboratively to transform television scripts into an incredible theatrical experience. Rather than casting lookalikes or impersonators we are seeking versatile performers of any age who are willing to explore the characters and contribute creatively to the story.

We use drama games as our starting point and Farce as the basic form, but we anticipate the piece will also be influenced by the Theatre of the Absurd and even Pantomime.

We will individually cast the characters of Edmund, Percy, Baldrick, Queenie, Melchett and Nursie. In addition we need a supporting cast of 6 or more actors to play ALL the other characters, some of whom will feature more heavily than in the original. There is HUGE scope for fun and experimentation with this production.

Auditions take place in small groups where you'll be invited to work together to develop a scene for presentation. The main audition takes place at 7:30pm on Sunday 28th February at St Margaret's Church Hall, or join us for an informal evening of script readings (and wine) on Thursday 11th February at 8pm (venue TBC email to register your interest in attending). Please ensure you are familiar with the characters before the audition by ensuring you have watched at least one episode of series 2 of Blackadder

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.

Blackadder

Parts List:
  • Edmund BlackadderMale. Probably needs to grow the trademark beard
  • Lord Percy PercyMale. A twit
  • BaldrickMale (not easy to tell). A servant
  • Queen Elizabeth IFemale. Queenie to her friends (ie no-one)
  • Lord MelchettMale. Smarmy courtier
  • NursieFemale (not easy to tell). Mad woman with a cow obsession
  • Ensemble partsKate (Bob), Kate's father, Dr Leach, Young Crone, Old Crone, Lady Whiteadder, Lord Whiteadder, Simon Partridge, Geoffrey Piddle, Monk, Messenger, Mr Pants, Mrs Pants, Arthur (a sailor), Molly (a whore), the Bishop of Bath and Wells


Audition Pieces:

We are not publishing audition pieces - feel free to contact us for a copy of the script


Please contact us at Blackadder@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk if you want any more information or a copy of the script for reading. 
 
We will be rehearsing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday late afternoon/early evening. Rehearsals will be held at St. Margaret's Church Hall.

Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.