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Beaumaris Theatre Inc.

The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful (Expired)

Author: Charles Ludlam

Director: David Collins

Enquiries: Esmé James - 0423 166 747

Characters Summary: 2 M 25-50

Characters: Each actor plays four characters, switching between each throughout the play. 

Lady Enid Hillcrest (Lady of the house, Lord Edgar's new bride) 
Nicodemus Underwood (Groundskeeper) 
Alcazar (Egyptian guide) 
Unnamed minor role 

Lord Edgar Hillcrest (Lord of the Hillcrest Estate) 
Jane Twisden (Maid) 
An Intruder (Supernatural creature) 
Unnamed minor role 

Precast Characters: None

Audition Venue: Beaumaris Theatre 
82 Wells Road Beaumaris

Theatre: Beaumaris Theatre 
82 Wells Road Beaumaris

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Synopsis: The show is set in the English country estate of Lord Edgar Hillcrest. He's a widower, having lost his beloved wife, Irma. Edgar's new bride, Enid, is a stage actress still uneasy with her new position as Lady of the manor. Indeed, her maid, Jane, doesn't think she'll ever measure up to Lady Irma. Meanwhile, Lord Edgar is disturbed by strange happenings out on the heath, including the monthly disappearance of his groundskeeper, Nicodemus. Fearing the estate is haunted, Lord Edgar goes on an expedition to Egypt to discover the secrets of what truly lies behind the mystery of Irma Vep.

The play is a wonderful theatrical smorgasbord, combining Hammer horrors, Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights, and the Victorian Penny Dreadful. With impossibly quick costume changes, it soon soars to dizzying heights of ridiculousness - a hilarious spectacle of ludicrous proportions.

Other Information: English Accents required. 

Auditions will be a group audition of sorts. On the night, everyone will arrive at the required start time. From there, actors will be paired and given time to go over some short scenes, which will then be presented. I may ask some of you to switch pairs, to better get a gauge on your suitability for a role. 

Script available on request. 


Sunday 4 March, 2018
Monday 5 March, 2018
Beaumaris Theatre
Venue Address
82 Wells Rd, Beaumaris VIC 3193, Australia

Victoria, Melbourne