Saturday 8 June 2019 11:00 am
Cnr Arthur St & Main Highway
The Plan is being presented as one of six one-act plays selected for The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2019. The play run-time is around 25 to 35 minutes.
Gaul, 58 BC. Germanic tribes are poised to invade. A nervous young Tribune anxiously awaits the arrival of none other than the great Julius Caesar himself. But he has no idea what to do! Will he be humiliated by the great general? Will the encounter spell the end of a promising political career before it even starts? Or will his trusted slave, Alcibiades, come to the rescue? The Plan is a whimsical comedy set against the backdrop of real historical events.
Contact Paul Norell to get an e-copy of the play.
mobile: 021 153 357
Commence Monday 17 June 2019 and are week evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Thursday 22 August to Saturday 31 August 2019 - 5 performances of each play including 1 matinee.
About the director - Paul Norell
Paul Norell is a well-known actor who has made stage appearances at Titirangi, Dolphin and Howick; and at Ellerslie in Lion in WinterThe History Boys. He has also made numerous screen appearances, most notably as Falafel in Hercules and The King of the Dead in Lord of the Rings. He has been a teacher of Drama and a tutor in Film and TV Camera Acting technique, as well as co-director of a Film and TV Casting Studio, ACTION WORKSHOPS.
The Plan was inspired by his passion for history as well as his enthusiasm for British comedy, whose familiar style is readily apparent in this short play.
Please request and read the script.
Although not specifically intended when I wrote it, the play definitely has a ‘Blackadder’ feel to it and actors should be prepared to adopt this style of approach. A sense of comedy would be a definite asset.
Actors do not need to prepare anything beforehand and will be cold reading from the script and possibly doing some improvised group work. Actors will be encouraged to create their own ‘character’ rather than simply follow a stereotype.
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.
|GAIUS SULPICIUS QUINTUS AEMILIANUS||male||late 20s||Tribune: Nervous. This is his first command, thrust upon him unexpectedly following the sudden ‘illness’ of his superior. Relies on his slave, Alcibiades, whom he regards more as a mentor and close friend.|
|ALCIBIADES||male||late 40s||A Greek slave, late forties – mid fifties. Sardonic humour (in the manner of Edmund Blackadder). Appropriately deferential, but he is the man in charge. He has a genuine fondness for Sulpicius whom he regards as his protégé.|
|GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR||male||late 40s||At first appearance, unprepossessing, but with an authority that dominates everyone.|
|DOMITUS||male||30s to 40s||Caesar’s Aide and Scribe, thirties – forties. Meticulous to the point of exasperation.|
|CENTURION||male||mid 40s||A veteran|