A new, 100 minute, modern adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy, with both “virtual” and “live” rehearsals, produced by exciting new company Jo Emery Productions.
Director: Jo Emery
Casting details: 12 actors in total with possible gender- and color-blind casting.
Initial auditions to be recorded on self-tapes and sent via email to Jo Emery by Sunday 1st November.
The audition pieces are attached below.
Recalls being held via Zoom calls, on Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th November from 2 pm – 4 pm. This will consist of a read-through of the whole play (100 minutes).
Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing 16th November.
NB – All actors should have a good understanding of and facility for Shakespearean verse and text and have good transport access to Watford.
PRODUCTION DATES AND LOCATION
March 30th, 31st, April 1st, 2nd, 3rd (plus Saturday matinee) 2021 – at the Pump House Theatre, Watford. 5 Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP, Tel: 01923 241362.
NB – Possible further dates in May / June 2021
Initial rehearsals will start W/C January 11th, 2021, with 1-2 rehearsals per week to be held on Zoom, moving to live blocking rehearsals from February 8th 2021, at the Pump House Theatre, Watford.
After a long, successful career, the aging Lear is dividing up his Property Development business empire between his three daughters. The onset of dementia has made his behavior erratic and dangerous. His rash decision to give up all his power has devastating and fatal consequences for him, his family, and Board Members. A modern-day, 100-minute version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, with reference to mental health, homelessness, and knife crime.
Playing age – Female, over 35. Any ethnicity
Lear’s eldest daughter, married to Albany, she has an affair with Edmund. Power-hungry, ambitious, and totally callous in her treatment of her father Lear, she kills herself at the end when her treachery is exposed.
AUDITION PIECES FOR SELF TAPE
“By day and night he wrongs me; every hour
He flashes into one gross crime or other,
That sets us all at odds: I’ll not endure it:
His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us
On every trifle. When he returns from hunting,
I will not speak with him; say I am sick.
Put on what weary negligence you please,
You and your fellows; I’ll have it come to question:
If he dislike it, let him to our sister,
Whose mind and mine, I know, in that are one,
Not to be over-ruled. Idle old man,
That still would manage those authorities
That he hath given away! Remember what I tell you.
What grows of it, no matter; advise your fellows so:
I would breed from hence occasions, and I shall,
That I may speak: I’ll write straight to my sister,
To hold my very course. Prepare for dinner.”
“Not only, sir, this your all-licensed fool,
But other of your insolent retinue
Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth
In rank and not-to-be endured riots. Sir,
I had thought, by making this well known unto you,
To have found a safe redress; but now grow fearful,
By what yourself too late have spoke and done.
That you protect this course, and put it on
By your allowance; which if you should, the fault
Would not ‘scape censure, nor the redresses sleep,