AUDITION NOTICE: Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn.
Director: Robert Gairey
“Comic Potential” is a comedy play by Alan Ayckbourn, written and first performed in 1998, but set in the foreseeable future in a world in which television actors have been replaced by androids (called “actoids”). It is a satire on the television industry, with interesting things to say about getting TV projects off the ground and getting them approved, as well as the pursuit of ratings at all costs! It also creates nostalgia for the golden age of comedy, with musings about the comic stylings of Buster Keaton and Oliver Hardy. It has its own share of slapstick, outrageous (and slightly naughty) farce, and compromising situations. It has excitement, as characters face real danger. And at heart it is a very tender, heart rending love story, as naïve young writer Adam Trainsmith falls hopelessly in love with young nurse actoid JCF31-333, renamed Jacie Tripplethree. As she sees the potential to make her a star of her own series, she develops self-awareness, and, eventually, a bourgeoning love of her own.
I’m looking for a talented team of actors who can bring this excellent play to life. Although there are 20 characters in the play, I shall ideally be looking for 10 actors – five to play single roles, and the others to double and triple the remaining varied roles of the characters encountered by Jacie and Adam on their relationship journey – a challenge for all involved as each actor will be required to demonstrate their talents for versatility, in the same manner as the “chorus” cast members of “The 39 Steps”.
Performance Dates: Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 May 2019
6 performances over 5 days at the Seligman Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff.
Performances every evening at 7.30 with a matinee on Saturday 25 May.
Auditions will take place on the following dates:
* Friday 18 January
Slot 1: 6.30-7:30
Slot 2: 7:45-8:45
Slot 3 9:00-10:00
* Saturday 19 January
Slot 1 10-11.00
Slot 2 11.30-12:30
Slot 3 1:30-2.30
Slot 4 2:45-3:45
Slot 5 4:00-5:00
* Monday 21 January
Slot 1 6.30-7:30
Slot 2 7:45-8:45
Slot 3 9:00-10:00
All auditions in the Clubroom.
There will be up to 5 auditionees per slot
Recalls will be held in the week of 28 January.
Please get in touch via email@example.com if you would like to book an audition.
The format is open workshop with no need to prepare anything. In the workshop you will be asked to read/act through a number of scenes with the other attendees for that slot. Please indicate if there are certain characters that you would like to read for. The slots are 1 hour in length.
Following auditions there will be call-backs which will follow a similar format. However, please do not think if you are not called back it necessarily means that you have not got a part – call backs are where the director has a number of actors in mind and need to see them work together to get the best possible combination.