Audition Notice - The Game's Afoot

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Production Details

Title The Game's Afoot
Written By Ken Ludwig
Director Luke Murray
Auditions Saturday 3rd February at 1pm.
Monday 5th February at 7.45pm
Venue The auditions will take place at Incognito Theatre. There is no reading.
Rehearsals 7.45pm Tuesday and Thursday. Sunday rehearsals at a time to be agreed by director and cast. Note that some Tuesday rehearsals may be changed to Monday.
Production Sunday 20th May - Saturday 26th May 2018. Sunday performance start at 6:00pm, all weekday performances start at 8.00pm, Saturday performances start at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
Script Edition

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

Synopsis It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Cast Details

This is a comedy thriller and is very much an ensemble piece - there are no small parts.

Character Description Playing Age
William Gillette Our lead man - based on a real life person who plays Sherlock Holmes. Solves the mystery by the end of the play. Needs great physical comedy. Smart, intellectual, humorous and quick witted. 40s
Felix Best friend of William, and very much his 'Watson'. A theatrical actor who sometimes gets tired of playing second fiddle to his friend. Needs to be able to do great physical comedy - spends a portion of the second action dragging a real body along, single handedly. 35-45
Madge Felix's wife. Wry and outspoken, Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. Is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging. 35-45
Simon Very much a young enthusiastic actor, he is eager to please and find success. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie, they make a charming and wonderful couple. 20-35
Aggie Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Recently married to Simon, they make a charming and wonderful couple. A dark side is later exposed. 20-35
Martha Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit foggy, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits. 60-80
Daria Glamorous and gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. A wonderful sense of humour goes a long way towards endearing Daria to the audience. Is killed and her dead body is dragged and moved around throughout the second half - must be prepared for a lot of physical comedy. 35-50
Detective Harriet Goring Eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, suddenly lost and dim, she is disarming in her inability to be defined. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow she always gets her man. Comes on in the second half to solve the mystery. 40-60

Audition Pieces

Here are the suggested audition scenes. All page references are from the Samuel French Edition.

Characters Pages
William Gillette 71-73, 83-85
Felix 26-27 , 45-46, 71-73. 76-77
Madge 26-27, 76-77
Simon 26-27, 97-99
Aggie 26-27, 97-99
Martha 63-65, 83-85
Daria 45-46, 56-57
Detective Harriet Goring 71-73, 83-85

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