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The 39 Steps

Auditions

Saturday 26 August 2017 1:30 pm
THE 39 STEPS

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock,
licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Directed by James Bell
Presented by arrangement with Play Bureau New Zealand

At
Stables Theatre
Cnr Arthur St & Main Highway
Ellerslie
Auckland
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The Play
One part epic spy-tale, one part madcap comedy extravaganza. The 39 Steps follows innocent bystander Richard Hannay as he races cross-country from London to Edinburgh and back to solve a mysterious crime: before itís blamed on him! Featuring car chases, plane crashes and a sturdy pair of handcuffs.

This is a physical, fast-paced, high-energy comedy and a lot of fun to perform. All actors need to be versatile with abilities in physical comedy, and be willing to have a go at accents (working-class English, Scottish, cultured British and German).

Contact details
James Bell
email: nzjamesb@gmail.com
telephone: 021 637 687

Rehearsals
Commence Tuesday 5 September 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 7.30pm, Sundays from 12.30pm

Season
Thursday 9 to Saturday 18 November 2017 - 10 performances including 2 matinees

About the director - James Bell
Involved in theatre for nearly 30 years, James has been a director, producer, technician, stage manager and writer. Heís inspired by creative and innovative storytelling and believes in casting smart, passionate actors who want to contribute. Having directed a range of works from Shakespeare to new writing over the last 13 years James has developed a collaborative approach to storytelling that encourages actors to be creative, playful and experimental as the script is explored together.

Audition process
Because teamwork and collaboration are essential for this production, it will be a group audition. There will be some cold reading and some improvisation exercises. The focus will be on you as an actor and how you work with others. There is no need to prepare anything Ė just come ready to have fun. The audition should take 60-90 minutes depending on numbers.

Cast Required
* The ages are only suggestions and should only be treated as guidelines. If you are outside of this age range but feel you are perfect for the role, please come along to audition.


Characters

Richard Hannaymale 30+ A dashing leading man entangled in the adventure of a lifetime, as he becomes a fugitive on the run to save his own life and foil the spy ring that is trying to silence him. Often quite bewildered by what going on around him.
Pamela/Margaret/Annabellafemale 25+ A versatile actress is needed to play three roles. Annabella is a mysterious alluring German spy; Margaret is young, shy, sheltered, wife of an older country farmer; Pamela is our spunky, independent, and very beautiful young British heroine.
Clown 1 any Two actors share the remaining roles. From a Scottish innkeeper to a bemused sheep youíll be extremely versatile, creative, and playful with excellent verbal and physical comic timing. The clowns work as a team to create all manner of situations for our hero to find himself in.
Clown 2 any Two actors share the remaining roles. From a Scottish innkeeper to a bemused sheep youíll be extremely versatile, creative, and playful with excellent verbal and physical comic timing. The clowns work as a team to create all manner of situations for our hero to find himself in.


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