DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN CALLED
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lawrie Johnson
Auditions Saturday 15th July 2017
Season 30th September to 14th October 2017
Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.
This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages:
- dress rehearsal,
- the opening performance, and
- a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.
It is a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!
CHARACTER LIST – NOISES OFF
Some actors play two characters, one on-stage character and one off-stage character.
Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clacket: 50s - 60s +
(Off stage Dotty) A late-to middle aged once successful, forgetful actress. Dating Garry, though she attempts to make him jealous by meeting with Freddy. (On Stage Character: Mrs. Clackett): A Cockney Housekeeper for the Brent's home in England. Hospitable, though slow.
Brooke Ashton / Vicki: Early - late 20s,+
(Off Stage: Brooke) A young inexperienced actress Pays no attention to other performers, either in performance or backstage. She seems as though she is not really present – like she is somewhere else inside her head. Is always losing her contact lenses. One-third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle. (On Stage Character: Vicki): An English woman who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger.
Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent: Late 30s - 40s, +
(Off stage Belinda): Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. She may have feelings for Freddy. (On Stage Character: Flavia Brent): Phillip Brent's English wife. She is dependable, though not one for household duties.
Poppy Norton-Taylor: 20s - 40s,
Stage Manager. Emotional, over-sensitive, and envious of Brooke, whom she understudies. Carrying Lloyd's child. One-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.
Lloyd Dallas: Late 30s - 60s,
The director of the play, Nothing On. He is very temperamental. One third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.
Garry Lejeune / Roger: Late 30s - 40s,
(Off stage: Garry) An actor who never finishes a sentence. Always is completing sentences with, "you know..." Easily fired up, repeatedly tries to attack Freddy after believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Freddy. Speech affectations disappear onstage but are ever present offstage. Dating Dotty. (On Stage Character: Roger): An English Real estate agent who is attempting to rent Flavia's and Phillip's home, but uses it for his own personal benefit.
Frederick Fellows /Phillip Brent / Sheikh: 40s,+
(Off stage: Freddy) An actor with a serious fear of violence and blood. Gets nosebleeds easily. Often questions the meaning of his lines and moves. Blames himself often for things going wrong. (On Stage Character: Phillip Brent): An Englishman who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes. He enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue, he will lose most of the year's income. (On Stage Character: Sheikh): A Middle-Eastern, Interested in renting Flavia's and Phillip's home and is the spitting image of Phillip.
Selsdon Mowbray / Burglar: 60s - 70s,
(Off Stage: Selsdon Mowbray): An elderly alcoholic Englishman who hides his bottles onstage. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he passes out. Is hard of hearing when he wants to be. (On Stage Character: Burglar): Old Cockney man in his seventies, breaking into the Brent's home.
Timothy Allgood: 20s - 50s,
An overworked stage manager, carpenter and anything else that needs to be done for the touring production of Nothing On. He is chronically exhausted and sleep-deprived. He understudies the roles played by Selsdon and Freddy