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Audition Notice

Hay Fever

by Noël Coward

Audition

The Free Church Hall, Northway, London, NW11 7AG

Sunday 2nd September 2018, 7:30pm

Performances

Performance Dates:

  • Thursday 22nd November 2018, 7:30pm
  • Friday 23rd November 2018, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 24th November 2018, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 25th November 2018, 4pm

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD

Director: Sarah Overall

Assistant Director: Ros Berg

This play is originally set in an English country house in the 1920s and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behaviour when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. The self–centred behaviour of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' furtive departure.
This production will slightly update the show while retaining the essence of Coward's humour and moral dilemmas. Age ranges for characters are just guides – most actors look far younger than chronology suggests as theatre is such a youth-enhancing habit.
Potential cast members should be prepared to eat cake (the director likes to bake), cuddle a small dog (Sally the Sausage dog) and have their tongue firmly in their cheek.

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

Parts List:
  • Judith BlissFemale, Late 40s to 60s: Married to David Bliss, mother to Sorel and Simon, Judith is an actress who has recently retired from the stage but still continues to perform constantly off stage. During the course of the play, she takes on the demeanour of the rural lady of the manor, the long-suffering mother, the glamorous star, the flirtatious coquette, the betrayed lover, and the wronged wife, among others.
  • David BlissMale, Late 40s to 60s: Judith Bliss's husband and Sorel and Simon's father, David is an absent-minded novelist of some acclaim. He is presently preoccupied with "The Sinful Woman". Less melodramatic than his flamboyant wife, David is nevertheless equally self-involved and self-obsessed.
  • Sorel BlissFemale, 20s: Judith and David's daughter, Sorel is young, privileged and bored with most of life. She aspires to "normalise" herself and the rest of the Bliss family. Despite her attempts at self–improvement Sorel remains very much a "Bliss" eccentric and unconventional.
  • Simon BlissMale, 20s: Simon is Judith and David’s son. In contrast to his sister, he has no desire to reform the Blisses’ unconventional and often inconsiderate ways. In typical Bliss fashion, Simon is given to extremes, expressing energetically his adoration for the worldly Myra one minute, then seducing the innocent Jackie the next.
  • Myra ArundelFemale late 30s to 50s: Well–dressed, confident, and sophisticated, Myra is invited to the Bliss house by her admirer Simon but coolly rebuffs his advances. Simon’s mother, Judith, describes her as a "self–conscious vampire" who "goes about using sex as a shrimping net."
  • Richard GreathamMale, 40s to 60s: Richard is the "frightfully well–known diplomat" Sorel has invited for the weekend. Described in the stage directions as "iron–grey and tall," he has an instinct for politeness and is suave in both appearance and disposition.
  • Jackie CorytonFemale, 20s to 30s: Jackie is the “perfectly sweet flapper” David has invited for the weekend because “she’s an abject fool but a useful type” and he wants “to study her a little in domestic surroundings.” She is shy and ill at ease from the start, her discomfort magnifies as the weekend progresses.
  • Sandy TyrellMale, 20s to 40s: Sandy is the amateur boxer Judith has invited for the weekend. In her words, he is "a perfect darling, and madly in love with me." Described in the stage directions as "fresh–looking" with an unspoiled, youthful sense of honour and rather big hands, owing to a "misplaced enthusiasm for boxing," Actors with “normal” sized hands will be considered for this role.
  • ClaraFemale, 30s to 60s: Clara is the long‐suffering Bliss family employee. Originally Judith’s dresser at the theatre, she is now the over‐taxed family housekeeper. Clara must deal with the imposition of four unexpected weekend guests all by herself because the maid is sick with a toothache.


    Audition Pieces:

    Clara Simon Sorel
    David Judith Simon Sorel
    Judith Myra David
    Myra Judith
    Richard Jackie
    Sandy Sorel
    Simon Myra


    Any questions, or to borrow a copy of the script, please contact us at auditions@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk.

    Rehearsals, which will start 30th September, will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

    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.

    Hay Fever