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Warrandyte Theatre Company

Audition for 'Vere'

Author: John Doyle

Director: Ian Tweedale

Alt. Adrian Rice 0439 311 428 
Possibility of a callback on Thursday 14 June at 8:00pm

Characters Summary: 4M 3F 
VERE   62 Professors of Physics 
MARISSA 39 Neurologist/ MELISSA 39 Interior Designer/ Caterer 39 
SIMON  39 42 Physics Lecturer/SCOTT 42 Economist 
RALPH  58 Vice Chancellor / ROGER 58 Vicar 
KATE  40 Physics Lecturer/ KATHERINE 40 Housewife 
GINA 20 Student/ GIANNA 20 Student / Imagined HOLLY 
MIKE 21Physics Tutor/ MICHAEL 21 Student

Characters: Characters: 
Vere – Nature’s Gentleman, has Authority, uses it in a Fatherly manner, has an almost boyish sense of wonder, a sense of curiosity, self-aware. 

Marissa – professional – good bedside manner/ 

Melissa – matter of fact but under stress (father in law and the event) 

Simon – Smarmy, arrogant or indifferent to anything remotely not interesting to him, not empathetic …affected behaviour/Scott – caring, loving, patient and firm 

Ralph – Lecher, Smart, Smooth – similar to Simon, they recognise the negative qualities in each other, which causes them to dislike each other, but not in themselves or if they do they just don’t care. Ralph is Simon in 20 years (if Simon is as successful)/ Roger – needy, temper, pompous but pp 92-93 when offering pastoral care can be genuinely kind. To a degree ignorant outside of narrow parameters of religion. 

Kate - Down to Earth (i.e vulgar), Compassionate, has an innocence nonetheless/ 

Katherine – not self aware, direct, domineering, abrasive, self-confident (too), envious. Mother of 7. Flashes of genuine kindness but often patronising. 

Gina – Attractive, intellectual, observes, has insight/ Gianna – apparently religious but is she?, intellectual, Does she see marriage as an escape from family. 

Mike – Genius (only staff member under 40), Guileless, or is he? Nervous, insecure, unreserved. Does have the funniest lines in Act 1./ 

Michael - immature, selfish, arrogant(?) oblivious to the effect of his actions.

Precast Characters: None

Audition Venue: Mechanics' Inst Hall, Yarra St, Warrandyte

Theatre: Mechanics' Inst Hall, Yarra St, Warrandyte

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Synopsis: In John Doyle's play Vere (Faith), the battle of science versus religion is fought out in the crumbling mind of a physics professor (Vere) as he succumbs to Alzheimers. The stars have certainly aligned as part of the action involves Vere planning to travel to CERN to hunt for the fundamental particle, the Higgs boson. While the vicar challenges scientific beliefs. The play is both uproariously funny and deeply poignant.

Other Information: Please have read the play prior to auditioning, contact the Director, Ian, via email for a copy of the script: 

• Due to the nature of the play, with scripted doubling up of roles it is seen as an ensemble piece. The character you are cast in the 1st half will be a different type of character in the second half. So the Director will be looking for range. There is not a ‘wasted’ character in this thought provoking piece of Australian Theatre. Everyone gets a LOT of stage time! 

• It will be a group audition where you will have to read selected parts of the script with other auditionees. 

• Rehearsal Times will be Sundays at 4pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8pm 

• Bring a Photo that can be attached to your audition form. 

• Please be aware that there may be a Call back Thursday 14 June at 8:00pm 

Links to reviews of the play 


Sunday 10 June, 2018
Tuesday 12 June, 2018
Mechanics' Inst Hall
Venue Address
Yarra St, Warrandyte

Victoria, Melbourne