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Fringe Auditions

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EGTG are holding open auditions for its 2018 Festival Fringe productions.

skirt by Claire Wood | Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Performances Monday 6th - Saturday 11th August
18:30 and 20:45 respectively

In a year where we mark the centenary of women’s right to vote, EGTG are performing two plays which tackle gender politics, from two very different eras.
In the early evening a new script, skirt, which looks at the trials of a working mother in modern day Scotland; and a late-evening rendition of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing and its look at how to behave as a daughter and wife.

Written and directed by Claire Wood

Becs is a single mum and leader of the opposition party in Scotland. Oldest daughter Ellie is about to go off to university while Neve is still at primary school and struggling. It’s the end of the summer and she’s hosting her best friend Nina’s birthday party. Again.
She's been offered the chance to head up the party at Westminster. But her mum has early onset Alzheimers. Her best friend Nina and her teenage daughters need a bolt hole. And Becs isn’t quite
certain that she could do the job anyway.
The party need her to go. Her family and friends need her to stay. Ambition and ego collide with duty and love. Are women ever really free to choose?

Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by David Grimes

May 1945. The war is over and the Prince and his courtiers, returning from war, have come to visit Leonata and her household. Upon arrival, Claudio falls in love with the fair Hero. Not content with their own happiness, they conspire to bring their long-suffering cousins, Beatrice and Benedict, together. But Dame Joan, the Prince’s misanthropic illegitimate sister, won’t be content until everyone’s new found happiness has been shattered. Will true love conquer all? Will Joan’s plot be uncovered? Will Beatrice and Benedict ever stop bickering?!

There is a potential of touring Much Ado About Nothing for a one-off performance at The Dell, the outdoor performance space at the RSC in Stratford. IF the tour goes ahead, we would have a performance date over the last two weekends in August. This will be confirmed as soon as possible.

A note about the ages: Ages listed are only the lower limits of playing ages.

Becs 30s / 40s, Shadow First Minister
Ellie 17, Bec’s daughter
Neve 10, Bec’s foster daughter
Nina 30s / 40s, a lawyer, Rebecca’s best friend
Beatrice 16, Nina’s daughter
Viv 14, Nina’s daughter
Peggy 60s / 70s, Bec’s mother
Joan 60s /70s, Peggy’s best friend
Sonya 50s, mutual friend, a still single teacher
Catriona 30s, married, (not very) pregnant with child 3, trying to be taken seriously at work

Toby 30s / 40s, handsome, very single, a hot shot lawyer
Stefan 30s / 40s / 50s, mutual friend, a social worker, in a long term relationship
Giles 40+, a senior party member
Andy 20s / 30s, male, party publicist
TM 30+, male, UK leader of the opposition

Much Ado About Nothing
Benedick (55+) Soldier, noble and friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Long time antagonist of Beatrice.
Borachio (30+) Soldier, mercenary and unscrupulous. A follower of Dame Joan.
Claudio (25+) Soldier, noble, youngest of the troupe. Liked by everyone.
Conrade (25+) Soldier, messenger, easily led astray. A follower of Dame Joan.
Don Pedro (40+) Prince, soldier. Leader of the army and long time friend of Leonata.
Virgil (40+) Hen pecked husband of Dogberry. The constable in name only.

Beatrice (50+) Niece to Leonata. Wicked wit. Genial and gets along with most. Not to be crossed. Long time antagonist of Benedick.
Dame Joan (35+) Illegitimate, but recognised, sister to Don Pedro. Dour and spiteful. Manipulative and untrustworthy. The villain.
Dogberry (40+) The overbearing wife of Virgil. Assured of her own eminence. Think Haycinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances.
Hero (25+) Leonata’s daughter and heir to her fortune. Sweet and innocent.
Leonata (55+) Governess. Contemporrary to Beatrice. Honourable, trustworthy and well liked.
Ursula (25+) A gentlewoman attending on Hero. Friend of the family and specifically of Hero. Contemporary to Hero.

Either Gender:
Sexton (35+) An ecclesiastical officer who oversees both marriages and courts.

Auditions and rehearsals will be held at 18 Buccleuch Place, 1st floor in the Graduate Association offices. You only need to attend one audition session.
Audition sides and scripts are available for perusal. If you would like a copy of the script or audition sides, please contact EGTG.
If you cannot make either of the audition dates and wish to audition, please contact us prior to the auditions to arrange another time. We will see people on ad hoc dates on an as needed basis prior to the last audition date. Audition times after the 22nd of April will be arranged only if we are unable to cast the production based upon those we have seen at the conclusion of the announced audition dates.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, May 27th at 7:30pm. Rehearsals will be 3 times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights.
The rehearsal schedule will be developed to accommodate any
unavailability listed on the audition forms.

Our Child Protection Policy is available on request.

All cast members are required to be members of the Grads for insurance purposes. Membership fees are £25 and covers the first show in which the member takes part. If you are already a member and have not taken part in a show this year, there is no additional cost for participating in this show. If you are already a member and have taken part in a show with the Grads in 2018, there will be a show fee of £25 for this show.