Patrick Hamilton’s well-known thriller has been chosen as our May production and we are looking for prospective cast members (3 female and four male (of whom two are non-speaking parts) and all the usual and essential support team.
First Casting / Auditions / Read through: 7:30pm planned to be at the Oak pub (upper room). If enough come round we will have some snacks as well!
Rehearsals and Set construction / lighting until 13 May (Tech 12 May, Dress 13 May)
Production dates 17, 18, 19 May with a clean up day of 20 May.
These are the parts; the ages are relatively flexible.
MRS MANNINGHAM, about thirty-four
A lovely, fairly innocent, and initially seemingly weak character, easily led by her husband and uneasy with servants. Grows in steel and character throughout the play.
MR MANNINGHAM, around forty-five
Thoroughly nasty piece of work. Narcissist, sociopath and psychopath. Manipulative and coercive psychological bully used to getting his own way. Murderer, unfaithful, amoral and lecherous. A complex bad character to get teeth into.
ROUGH, an ex-detective, over sixty
The rock upon which Mrs M’s character finds a base and grows. Decent, intelligent, resourceful and rarely flustered. Moral and positive throughout.
ELIZABETH, the Manningham’s cook and housekeeper, about fifty
Solid, dependable, trustworthy woman. Her sympathy is with Mrs M throughout, but she is sensitive to the need not to annoy Mr M. Resourceful and flexible under pressure later and a thoroughly decent character.
NANCY, the Manningham’s’ maid, nineteen
A vain, self-centred young woman, jealous (and dismissive) of Mrs M. Openly flaunts her authority and equally openly flirts with Mr M. Not a nice girl, but a deliciously dangerous character for a younger female SBADS member to explore.
TWO MEN (Non-speaking)
Plain clothes detectives assisting ROUGH. Strong solid dependable. Walk-on parts late in Act 3