WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
BY JOE ORTON
“You were born with your legs apart. They’ll send you to the grave in a Y-shaped coffin.”
Libidos run riot in this darkest of farces, stuffed full of twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic, as six characters gradually lose the plot, their wits and/or their clothes.
Orton lays out a smorgasbord of politically-incorrect taboos in deliberately bad taste, attacking society’s hypocrisy and the established order with his delicious brand of subversive provocation.
Highly controversial when it premiered in 1969, What The Butler Saw retains its ability to shock, even though what was deemed unacceptable by society 50 years ago has lessened over time. This hilarious farce remains a joyous, outrageous, and very, very silly celebration of queerness.
Following our production of Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane in 2012, we are delighted to be giving this, his final play, a long-overdue Sydney revival.
“Joe Orton’s richest and funniest play” Michael Billington
Director Danielle Maas
Set and Costume Designer Kerith Manderson-Galvin
Set and Costume Designer Tobias Manderson-Galvin
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Assistant Director Hagen Marsh-Brown
Production Manager Patrick Howard
Stage Manager Angela Atkinson
2 October – 3 November 2018
Previews (2 & 3 October) 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 3 November 2pm only
Commencing July; schedule TBC.
Production Week: Sun 23 Sep to Tue 2 Oct 2018
Actors of any age, religion, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, or with perceived psychosocial or physical disabilities, are encouraged to apply for any role.
● Dr. Prentice – a clinical psychiatrist who has been married to Mrs. Prentice for twenty years, and who is interviewing Geraldine for multiple positions.
● Mrs. Prentice – a boozer who airs dirty laundry and whose desires are often held against them.
● Geraldine Barclay – a school leaver attending their first job interview. Perky, obedient and willing to please.
● Nicholas Beckett – a hotel page with a penchant for older women, shady business and back doors.
● Dr. Rance – a government representative who explains madness and dismisses logic.
● Sergeant Match – a Scotland Yard official with a one-track mind in rooting out the location of Winston Churchill’s cigar.
Saturday 30 June
Sunday 1 July
It is essential that you read the play before submitting an Expression of Interest. To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email your EOI to the creative team at email@example.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
Once your audition is confirmed, please prepare a short monologue from a play written in the style of farce – the play can be from any era or culture. Please bring a hard copy of your chosen monologue along to your audition.
Please note that the New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Danielle is a multidisciplinary performance practitioner who has presented works in theatres, a warehouse, an art gallery, a converted office, a ballroom, a bar, a library, a basement, a pier, a reservoir garden, a former prison, an abandoned supermarket, and a bedroom blanket fort in Sydney, Adelaide and cities throughout the United Kingdom.
As Director: Camden People’s Theatre: Here We Come Together Here We Fall Apart. Sydney Architecture Festival: Absolutely Relative. TAP Gallery: Her Tongue. Cupboard Love: Porphyria’s Slumber, The Stronger. Project 51: 22 Short Plays. Sydney Theatre School: The Silence of the Lambs, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Still, bonjour/zaijian. As Assistant Director: Sydney Theatre Company: Cloud Nine. Sydney Chamber Opera: The Howling Girls, Biographica, O Mensch! An Index of Metals, The Lighthouse. Hampstead Garden Opera: Xerxes. As Dramaturg: Sydney Chamber Opera: Notes from Underground. BARK: No. 1. Room 39: Coffee. Parallax. String. Alter: Martha and the Event Horizon. As Writer/Performer: Trendscendence: Prototype (Phase 1). Cupboard Love: Say Hello First, Country Matters. Positions: Sydney Chamber Opera: Artistic Associate. Awards: Sydney Fringe Award for Excellence: Devised Work (Country Matters). Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Masters of Art in Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction). Australian Academy of Dramatic Art: Bachelor of Performance.