Author: Michael Gow
Director: Tim Scott
Enquiries: 0414 687 158
Characters Summary: 5M, 5F
Characters: PLEASE NOTE THAT PLAYING AGES ARE INDICATIVE ONLY.
Tom (18+, playing late teens): son of Harry and Vic; ideally of slender build, he is suffering from a terminal illness.
Meg (18+, playing late teens): daughter of Jim and Gwen; uncomplicated and innocent but with an underlying strength.
Harry (playing early 40s): Tom's father, thoughtful and considerate.
Vic (playing early 40s): Tom's mother, always wanting to be positie and make the most of things.
Gwen (playing early 40s): Meg's mother, narky an keen to have everything in its place as she sees it
Jim (playing early 40s): Meg's father, quiet and self-effacing, accustomed to letting Gwen make the rules
Roy (playing early 50s): Principal of Tom and Meg's school, serious, tries to contain his grief about his dead son and manage his wife's behaviour
Coral (playing early 50s): Roy's wife, having great difficulty coming to terms with the death of her son
Rick (playing 20s): a young man on his honeymoon; also doubles as MC
Leonie (playing 30s/40s): a woman Coral meets on holiday; also doubles as Miss Latrobe
Precast Characters: None
Audition Venue: Fleigner Hall
31 Highland Ave
Oakleigh East VIC 3166
Theatre: Clayton Community Centre Theatrette
9 Cooke Street
Company Website: http://www.encoretheatre.com.au/
Synopsis: Set in the late 1960s, Gow’s characters are very Australian and familiar, but his
preoccupations are universal.
Three families set out separately on their summer holiday. Each faces challenges: School Principal Roy and wife Coral have lost their son in the Vietnam War; English immigrants Harry and Vic are trying to deal with the burden of their son Tom’s cancer; Gwen attempts to control all aspects of the lives of husband Jim and daughter Meg and in doing so risks the family’s unity.
The three families find themselves thrown together after a storm and in sharing others’ pains discover new ways forward for themselves. Inviting both laughter and tears, the play does not offer easy answers but affirms its essential humanity.
This will be an ensemble cast, with some doubling and all cast members involved at different stages as “fairies” and campers, as well as sharing movement of limited set and props.
Other Information: AUDITION DETAILS:
Format will be Group auditions. You will be asked to read one or more scenes from the play. Scripts will be provided at the audition. Be prepared to stay for a couple of hours if needed.
To book an audition and to assist with planning, please email the director and
nominate which session you wish to attend (email@example.com).
It is expected that everyone auditioning will be familiar with the play; a copy of the script can be purchased online from Australian Plays; pdf copy also available
If you are interested in a particular part, please indicate that in your email.
Please bring to the audition a non-returnable, recent headshot (passport-size is ideal) with your name written on the back.
Audition forms and a pdf of the play will be emailed when applications are received;
the forms should be completed prior to the audition and brought to the session; spare
copies will be available at the audition.
Accents: Harry and Vic need northern England accents; the rest Australian
Please note that actors intending to audition should be at least 18 years of age on or before 1 February 2018.