Measure for Measure
production genre: Period Drama
region: Greater London | society: Garden Suburb Theatre (directory) | performance venue: Little Oak Wood Open Air Theatre NW11
production dates: 06 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
who can audition?:
25 Mar 2018 - 19:30
Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 7AG
See our website for details: http://www.gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk/shows/2018/MeasureForMeasure/audition
Measure for Measure is very much a play for our times. With themes of corruption, abuse of power and sexual exploitation it holds a mirror to our world as much as the 17th century.
Duke Vincentio absents himself from court leaving Angelo to rule as his deputy. Angelo condemns Claudio to death for getting Juliet pregnant: they are betrothed but not yet married. Claudio’s sister Isabella pleads for her brother’s life; Angelo will relent only if she gives herself to him. Scenes of intense emotion are interspersed with an earthy comic sub-plot in which Mistress Overdone and her side-kick Pompey navigate their way round Angelo’s edict closing down the brothels. All this is observed by Vincentio, who has disguised himself as a friar and return at the end to bring all to book.
Both serious and comic roles are multi-faceted, providing excellent opportunities for characterisation. All the cast will have plenty to do, doubling parts where possible to create a tight ensemble. We will need a chorus of all ages to play courtiers, citizens, guards and other characters.
The audition pieces are available on the GST website.
We will be using the Arden Edition. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any more information about the audition or the production.
Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 May, extending to Wednesday evenings from 27 June. They will be held at the Free Church Hall to begin with, moving to the Wood as the light and weather permits. The chorus will not need to attend weekday rehearsals until 26 June.
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.