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Open Audition MEN OF THE WORLD by John Godber Audition Date: Monday 22 October 2018 at 7.30pm at Oakes Mills West Rehearsals start: mid-December 2018 Play runs: 12-16 February 2019 Preparing for a mystery trip...

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Do you have what it takes to be a History Boy? Or know... Huddersfield Thespians is looking to cast the part of Akhtar in Alan Bennett’s fantastic play “The History Boys” which will be performed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield this October! The...

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Latest Actor's Workshop This month's Actors Workshop takes place TOMORROW night (3 July) at 7.30pm. We will be looking at "Tons of Money" - an Aldwych farce updated for modern audiences, and our play for June 2019. So, if you...

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Casting Call The Casting Committee of Huddersfield Thespians is looking to cast two roles, one in each of its first two plays, to be on stage this autumn! The roles are for actors who can play someone of British...

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Open Audition

Posted by Thespians | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-10-2018

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MEN OF THE WORLD by John Godber
Audition Date: Monday 22 October 2018 at 7.30pm at Oakes Mills West
Rehearsals start: mid-December 2018
Play runs: 12-16 February 2019

Preparing for a mystery trip to Scarborough three northern coach drivers pass the time remembering more exciting trips from the past, such as the one down the Rhine Valley. Stick hates his passengers and wishes he was doing the Spanish run, Larry is a seasoned traveller and Mario Lanza fan and Frank is their female counterpart. These three actors take turns playing an assortment of passengers, from the dotty old complainers to the retired miners seeking excitement on too little money. A touching, often hilarious, bitter-sweet play.

John Godber turns his attention to the wonderfully whacky world of coach trips seen through the eyes of three coach drivers, ex-sailor Frank, ex-SAS and avid Mario Lanza fan Larry and the jaundiced Stick.

We join them on a three-coach convoy of mainly pensioners to Heidelberg and an amateur performance of The Student Prince in the town’s castle.

Larry has a gentle empathy with his charges, he likes them, gets to know them, gives them both dignity and nicknames from his world of entertainment. He suffered deep vein thrombosis before it was fashionable, which kept him off work for a year and scuppered his chances of being head-hunted by other coach companies. He is looking to retire after this trip – the problem is he doesn’t have much else in his life.

Frank is a down to earth woman who keeps the peace in the trio. She did a stint in the Royal Navy, on training course after training course, leaving “qualified in nowt” hence her new career as coach driver.

Stick, hates pensioners, and it seems everyone and everything else. He also hates singing on his coach, is not too keen on motorway services and thinks people should be shot then they reach their seventies! His envy and admiration of fellow driver Johnny Mac is palpable.

Godber takes the micky out of the elderly but it is gentle and almost affectionate, with all the seizing up or legs swelling if they sit too long, the talk of ailments and bodily functions, distrust of foreign food etc. However, there is also a devoted husband looking after his ailing wife, a sudden death and a widower who feels he has nothing in life.

This collection of vignettes is both very funny and at times sad, with moments of real drama, such as when Frank must act as peacemaker between a warring Larry and Stick as frustrations and differences explode.

The cast must regularly jump between drivers and passengers in a flurry of costume to maintain the necessary fast pace of the play. In addition, every characterisation must be clearly defined. It is a demanding play physically, emotionally and in levels of concentration.

All actors would be required at every rehearsal, so only a limited absence could be permitted during the rehearsal period, and none in the last two weeks of rehearsals (weeks commencing 28 January & 4 February)

The main roles are:
Larry – male 50+
Frank – female 40+
Stick – male 35+

HOWEVER, ALL THREE PLAY THE FOLLOWING MULTIPLE ROLES (BOTH MALE & FEMALE) these are:
Sissy (aged 79); Doris (80); Jean (79);
Wally (68); Len (70); Brian (67);
Harry (72); Dot (72);
Martin (middle aged); May (63);
Mollie (60s); Connie (60s);
Raymond (40s); Clive (40s) & Dolly (50s)
as well as their driver character!

If you wish to audition please email casting@huddersfieldthespians.co.uk no later than 12noon on Monday 22 October. Stating the part(s) you are interested in.

 

Do you have what it takes to be a History Boy? Or know someone who does?

Posted by Thespians | Posted in Auditions, Productions | Posted on 10-07-2018

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Huddersfield Thespians is looking to cast the part of Akhtar in Alan Bennett’s fantastic play “The History Boys” which will be performed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield this October!
The role is for an actors of Indian/Pakistani heritage or background.
“The History Boys” which will run from 2-6 October 2018 with rehearsals beginning in early August.
Akhtar is an 18 year-old, academically successful, popular student, who is a Muslim – a fact referred to several times throughout the play. Later in life we learn that he eventually becomes the headmaster of a school.
The History Boys” is by Alan Bennett, one of the greatest living British playwrights and authors. It is one of the UK’s most loved plays, and was made into a successful film with most of the original stage cast.
The History Boys” follows two teachers and a group of students at an all boys grammar school in England in the 1980s. The boys are all trying to get into Oxford and Cambridge. The school’s Headmaster wants the boys to attend prestigious universities in order to raise the profile of the school. He hires Irwin, a young Oxford graduate, to teach history and give the students extra “polish.”
If you are interested in this part, or know someone who would be, please contact Alistair at casting@huddersfieldthespians.co.uk for more details.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone you may feel would be interested!

Latest Actor’s Workshop

Posted by Thespians | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-07-2018

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This month’s Actors Workshop takes place TOMORROW night (3 July) at 7.30pm. We will be looking at “Tons of Money” – an Aldwych farce updated for modern audiences, and our play for June 2019. So, if you fancy an alternative to the football come and join us at Oakes Mills West for a fun evening!

Casting Call

Posted by Thespians | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-06-2018

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The Casting Committee of Huddersfield Thespians is looking to cast two roles, one in each of its first two plays, to be on stage this autumn!
The roles are for actors who can play someone of British Indian/Pakistani origin or background.
The first role is that of Akhtar in “The History Boys” which will run from 2-6 October 2018 with rehearsals beginning in early August.  Akhhar is a Muslim student, a fact that is referred to several times throughout the play. He eventually becomes the headmaster of a school.
“The History Boys” is by Alan Bennett, one of the greatest living British playwrights and authors. It is one of the UK’s most loved plays, and was made into a successful film with most of the original stage cast. “The History Boys” follows two teachers and a group of students at an all boys grammar school in England in the 1980s. The boys are all trying to get into Oxford and Cambridge. The school’s Headmaster wants the boys to attend prestigious universities in order to raise the profile of the school. He hires Irwin, a young Oxford graduate, to teach history and give the students extra “polish.”
The second role is that of Shamima in “The Flint Street Nativity” which will run from 4-8 December 2018, with rehearsals starting in early October.
Shamima plays the angel and is from a Pakistani family. She is the apple of her father’s eye, and he has made her a special costume. Her mother is desperate to upstage Mrs. Vorbani, who is Indian, and has made mince pies – but they could never be as good as Shamima’s mother’s pies!
“The Flint Street Nativity” was written by Tim Firth, who wrote both “Calendar Girls” and the Take That musical “The Band.” It is set in a primary school, about to produce their annual Nativity play, and the actors will play both the child and a parent!
If you are interested in one of these parts, please contact Alistair at casting@huddersfieldthespians.co.uk for more details.
Thank you.