It is time for me to begin the audition
process for the production of Gaslight, and Matthew and I would like to invite
you all to audition to be in the show.
About the show
Bella Manningham is madly in love with
her husband, Jack. For the last few years, this have been going missing in the
house, trinkets, pictures, receipts, Bella is being steadily convinced that she
is misplacing them and forgetting where she has put them. Jack, Mr Manningham,
is deliberately convincing her that she is moving these things, and is going
out of her mind.
Forced to take a bitter medicine for her
health, Bella is at her wit’s end, and is close to the edge of insanity, when a
kindly old gentleman comes to call. This gentleman is none other that a highly
decorated retired police Inspector by the name of Rough.
Rough tells Bella a story of a murder and attempted robbery that happened
in a house a number of years ago, her house. He also tells her that he has but
one chief suspect, none other than her husband.
These are vague description of how I see
the characters, and are by no means the definitive way I want them portrayed on
the stage. They will be your parts, after all… or will they?
Mrs Manningham, Bella
Late 20s, early 30s.
Bella was once a strong and beautiful
woman. Now, since the ‘insanity’ has taken hold, however, she is frail, weak,
drawn, and dishevelled. Early in the play, we see her portrayed as a woman
beaten, mentally, with the occasional flashes of ire and annoyance that merely
hint of the strong and forceful woman she once was.
Strong, forceful, arrogant. Late 30s, early 40s
Jack is a bastard. Sorry for the
language, but it is the politest thing I can write here to describe him.
He is a strong willed man, who has been steadily and most deliberately driving
his wife insane. In the early sections of the play, he is measured, austere,
prim, proper, and has a zero-tolerance attitude to nonsense. In the latter
parts of the play, we see snippets of just how deep his depravity sinks, that
he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Rough is a kind old gentleman, who has
seen the worst the world has to offer, and has not let is change him in any
way. He has a clear distinction of right and wrong, and sticks to the side of
the light in all things. He has a twinkle in his eyes that show a deep
intelligence, kindness, and perhaps a slight degree of mischievousness.
Housemaid, early 20s.
Elizabeth is beautiful, but knows she is.
She struts around the house as though she owns it, and is not above using her
feminine wiles to get what she believes she deserves. Most of the time in the
show she looks down on Bella. “Someone has let herself go” kind of attitude.
After a conversation with Rough, however, she is forced to check herself, and
realises what is actually happening in the house.
House maid, mid 30s – mid 40s
Ruling over the rest of the house staff
with a kind eye, but a metaphorical ‘rod of iron’, Nancy is not seen much in
the play, but I get the impression she is a nurturing influence on the other house
staff. She has precious little tolerance for Nancy, who she sees as ‘getting
above her station’.
Rehearsals will be Tuesday / Thursday, starting on the 8th of March, and
running to the 7th of June.
The first show will be at The Studio at
The Norbury Theatre on the 7th, 8th And 9th of June and the second show will be
at The Palace Theatre, The Room Upstairs on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June.
Yes, I know, I put the most relevant
information at the bottom of the page. However, I wanted Y’all to know what you
were getting yourselves in for before getting to this point.
Auditions with be held at Rowney Green
Village Hall, and will take the form of a read through.
They will be on the following dates…
Sunday February 18th, 6pm
Wednesday, February 21st, 7pm
If you want to be involved, and cannot make these dates, please me know on
the following details.