AUDITIONS

AUSTRALIA DAY

BY JONATHAN BIGGINS

 

 

“You think we’re old fashioned, out of touch, that’s it’s all Captain Cook and flag tattoos”

In the fictional NSW town of Coriole, preparations are underway for the annual Australia Day celebrations and the organising committee are hashing out the details amidst disagreements over politics, patriotism and progress.

Whether it’s angst over a new development, the best snags to serve at a multi-cultural barbie, or the looming spectre of racism, throughout runs the theme of self-censorship: at what point do you abandon the politically-correct stance and say what you really think.

Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) is one of Australia’s sharpest satirists and he zooms in on the dynamics of small-town society with an unerring eye and ear for the humour embedded in everyday life.

“A near flawless farce” The Sydney Morning Herald

CREATIVE TEAM
Director Louise Fischer
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin
Lighting Designer Nicola Block
Assistant Director Michael Mitchell

SEASON
14 November – 16 December

PERFORMANCES
Previews Tue 14 and Wed 15 Nov 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance: Sat 16 Dec 2pm

REHEARSALS
TBA

ROLES AVAILABLE

Brian
45-plus, Mayor of Coriole Shire and preselection candidate for the Liberal Party. Chair of the Australia Day Organising Committee. Small business owner, Rotarian.

 Robert
45-plus, Deputy Mayor of Coriole Shire and loyal Deputy Chair of the Committee.

Maree (pronounced Mah-ree)
60-plus, President of the local Country Womens Association. Long-serving committee member.

Wally
55-plus, local builder and small-scale developer. Long-serving committee member.

Helen
35-plus, local Greens councillor, a relatively new arrival to the shire from the state capital. New to the committee.

Chester
25-plus, newly arrived Australian-born Vietnamese primary school teacher. Very new to the committee.

AUDITION DATES
Tuesday 5 September 6 – 9.30pm
Wednesday 6 September 6 – 9.30pm

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Please prepare a short monologue from an Australian play.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION
It is essential that you read the play before submitting an Expression of Interest.
To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact manager@newtheatre.org.au

Email your EOI to austday2017@gmail.com  with AUDITION in the subject line

Please include:

  • a current headshot and resume
  • the role/s you are interested in
  • your preferred audition date/time (no guarantees, but we will try to accommodate you)
  • state if you are a current New Theatre member

PLEASE NOTE
New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Louise Fischer is Artistic Director of New Theatre and holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW. Her directing credits for New Theatre include House of Games, Harvest, Mother Clap’s Molly House, Enron, The Farnsworth Invention, Vernon God Little and The Crucible (which transferred to a sell-out season at the Seymour Centre), Honeymoon Suite, Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lemon Delicious and The Caucasian Chalk CircleOther productions include The God Botherers (Darlinghurst Theatre), Hamlet (Harlos Productions), Macbeth.com (Lighthouse Theatre), Project SciFi (PACT), Birthdays, Christmas & Other Family Disasters (Tunks Productions), Bedtime for Bastards (Crypt Theatre), Roadkill (Short & Sweet) and The Curious Pain of Louis XIV (Seymour Centre).