Audition Notice - Blue Remembered Hills

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Production Details

Title Blue Remembered Hills
Written By Dennis Potter
Director Jennie Mende
Reading Monday 11th June 2018 at 7:45pm
Auditions Monday 18th June 2018 at 7:45pm
Friday 22nd June 2018 at 7:45pm
Venue The reading and auditions will take place at Incognito Theatre.
Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:45pm and Sundays at at a time to be agreed by cast and director.
Production Sunday 23rd September 2018 - Saturday 29th September 2018. Sunday performance starts at 6:00pm, all weekday performances start at 8.00pm, Saturday performances start at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
Script Edition

Samuel French. Actors successfully cast will be expected to purchase their own edition.

Synopsis This deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children played by adults on a summer afternoon during World War II. In a woods, a field and a barn, they play, fight, fantasize and swagger. Their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries are a microcosm of adult interaction. Easy going Willie tags along as burly Peter bullies Raymond and is challenged by fair minded Paul. Plain Audrey is overshadowed by Angela's prettiness and wreaks her anger on the boys. All of them gang up on the terrified "Donald Duck" who, abused by his mother and ridiculed by his peers, plays a dangerous game of pyromania with tragic results.

Cast Details

The play has seven characters, 5m 2f. All seven year olds played by adults!

The author, Dennis Potter,in his introduction to the play, writes about his dislike of child actors and very deliberately states that it is in the movement not the voice that the idea of 'children' is conveyed. The play demands a lot of physical activity with almost constant movement including fights, running, climbing and one character standing on his head! In their play and interactions we learn a lot about their family circumstances. The play is set in the West Country during the second world war. We will have help with the accents!

Note that there are no age limits for auditioning!

Character Description
PeterA bit of a bully and not too bright!
WillieBrighter than Peter and can sometimes outwit him.
RaymondThe proud possessor of a Cowboy hat and gun! Almost always grinning he has a stutter. More sensitive than the others.
JohnQuite fair minded he tries to stop some of Peter's bullying.
DonaldNicknamed Donald Duck. The outsider and generally the butt of the others. During the play it emerges that he is physically abused by his mother.
AngelaThe pretty one of the girls. Manipulates the boys and generally overshadows Audrey.
AudreyNot the pretty one. Can be spiteful and manipulative.

Audition Pieces

Characters Pages
Willie, Peter1-2
John, Raymond8
Raymond, John, Peter, Willie.12-14
Audrey, Angela, Donald.10-11
Audrey, Angela15-16
Peter, Donald.24-26

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