Audition Notice

Present Laughter, by Noel Coward

Sunday 7th January 2018, 7pm

Director: Leigh Ward

Production Dates:10th March – 17th March 2018 (7 performances – matinee on Sunday 11th March, no performance Monday 12th March)

Rehearsals: commencing: 4th February (likely to be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays)

For more information and audition pieces, please contact Leigh: leigh.m.ward@gmail.com.

Description

At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose.

Characters

Daphne Stillington Garry's recent dalliance. A pretty, gently-bred debutante who grew up absolutely idolizing Garry Essendine. Quirky and shrewd. 20s

Miss Erikson The Swedish housekeeper. Unfazed and slow-moving. Superstitious and eccentric, she enjoys a séance to commune with the dead in her spare time. Ideally needs a Scandinavian accent...50s upwards

Fred Garry's valet. Cockney and cocksure. He's well-meaning and has found his own rhythm to work, regardless of how others might like to have him do things. His active love life, which he loves to boast about, has him spirited and jaunty. 30s

Monica Reed Garry's secretary, pal, and confidant. Hard working and indispensable to Garry, she tries to be a taskmaster, but must instead be a bastion of patience, albeit with varying degrees of success. 40s upwards

Garry Essendine A slightly fading suave matinee idol who has a web of tangled love affairs.  Very much of the Noel Coward mould! Late 30s/40s

Liz Essendine Garry's ex-wife. Stylish and able to hold her own at a party, alongside (or even in spite of) London's most celebrated, romantic leading man. Not easily shaken, gracious, witty, but when she lets her guard down, full hearted. Self-possessed and dignified. Late 30s/40s

Roland Maule An aspiring, experimental playwright who still lives with his parents in Uckfield. His unfulfilled ambition has left him loudly obsessive, quietly jealous, and secretly resentful. 20s/30s

Morris Dixon Garry's manager. Smart but with a romantic streak. Enjoys being Garry's artistic sounding board, despite its tumultuous and circuitous challenges. He's fallen deeply and obsessively in love with Joanna and is carrying on with her behind Hugo's back, a deception that he's ill-equipped to keep together. 40s/50s

Joanna Lyppiatt Henry’s wife. A femme fatale whose appetite for social status is matched only by her other appetites. Savvy, coy, yet witty. 30s/40s

Henry Lyppiatt Garry's producer. Shrewd and business savvy. Hospitable yet proud. After many years of working with Garry, he appreciates him, but would prefer Garry's petulance be managed by someone else. He feels he deserves a wife befitting his success, but doesn't mind indulging a few mistresses on the side. 40s/50s

Lady Saltburn Daphne's aristocratic aunt. A model of English propriety. She has helped raise Daphne with the proper values befitting a young woman, but as a patron of the arts, she has indulged Daphne's hope of being an actress. 50s upward