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Auditions

We are incredibly excited to announce that our next live on stage production is Cheshire Cats!
We are holding auditions on 3rd & 5th March at the Conquest Theatre for anyone aged 18+. There will be a total of three performances on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th May.

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. A schedule will be created to specify which rehearsals you need to attend.

Please ensure you can commit fully to rehearsals. This includes attending all the rehearsals required and learning lines at home. Being off script as soon as possible is expected due to the short rehearsal period. Lack of attendance affects the rest of the company and could result in recasting.

Show synopsis

Grown women, aching feet and heaving bosoms! Follow the Cheshire Cats team as they speedwalk their way to fundraising success in the London Moonwalk. Hilary, Siobhan, Yvonne, Vicky and Maggie are attempting to walk 13 miles across the capital in record time in their decorated bras and posh new trainers, but the 6th member of the team doesn’t seem to meet the physical criteria! Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girls night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way.

The play is a comic tribute to all those who participate in and Marshall the Moon walk and other charity event walking everywhere. First performed by Guilden Sutton Players at Guilden Sutton village hall in November 2005, and subsequently performed by Guilden Sutton Players at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2006.

The Audition

Auditions will begin at 2pm on Sunday 3rd March and 7pm on Tuesday 5th March. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to complete a registration form before the auditions. If you are unable to attend either audition date, please send an email to the director for an alternative date.

For the audition, you are required to prepare a short monologue which could be a piece of a play, a poem or a speech. Your monologue will be performed to the audition panel alone while the rest of the audition will take place with other auditionees.

The remainder of the audition will involve improv and script reading as a group.

Cheshire Cats involves some ‘keep-fit’ type movement and dance for some of the characters. As well as this, The Walk for Life costume incorporates a decorated bra which can either be worn with or without a shirt underneath. This is something you must bear in mind when choosing the characters to audition for.

Conquest Theatre Actor Membership

To take part in Cheshire Cats at the Conquest Theatre, it is required that all actors who wish to be in this production are to subscribe to our Actor Membership before the first rehearsal.
For more information about this membership, please see our membership page here.
Anyone without a membership will not be able to participate in Cheshire Cats.

Characters

Hilary
Bombastic, pompous, middle aged team leader and organiser who thinks she’s a bit better than most.

Siobhan
Caring, diplomatic old friend of Hilary’s.

Yvonne
Overworked and stressed out mother and friend of Hilary’s.

Maggie
Unfit younger mother.

Vicky
Attractive, artistic, glamorous middle aged divorcee. A cougar!

Andrew
Trim, handsome toy boy. Actor must be happy to dress up as a woman for this role.

Aerobics instructor (male or female)
Male – Very camp, gay and over the top personality.
Female – Very fit and fierce personality.

Madge
Elderly cockney marshall with thick cockney accent.

Ethel
Elderly cockney marshall with thick cockney accent.

Handsome drunk
This role could be done by the same person who plays any of the minor roles below.

Minor roles
Marshalls, photographers, radio voice, station announcer.

If you would like to be involved in the production behind the scenes there are many roles available with props, sound, lighting, costume, stage hand, set painting and more. This is a perfect opportunity for you to get involved in theatre if you are not interested in acting. Please get in touch!

If you would like more information or are unable to attend the audition, please contact Karen the director.
Email: director@conquest-theatre.co.uk
Tel: 07960938149

We are excited to announce our next production will be All Things Considered by Ben Brown. Please download the audition pack here.
Auditions are open for anyone aged 18+. There will be a total of three performances on the following dates:

23rd, 24th & 25th May

Weekly rehearsals will be twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and occasional Sunday afternoons. A schedule will be made with all the rehearsal dates. Once the blocking of scenes are complete and lines are learnt, the director will concentrate on particular scenes as necessary.
Please ensure you can commit fully to rehearsals. This includes attending all the rehearsals required and learning lines at home. Being off script as soon as possible is expected due to the short rehearsal period. Lack of attendance affects the rest of the company and could result in recasting.

Show synopsis
David Freeman, a Professor of Philosophy about to reach fifty, is tired of life. His only desire now is to control the timing and manner of his death. His plans for ‘self-deliverance’, however, are disrupted by the earthly demands of people around him. Alone at last he carries out his plan, but is saved by the college electrician. Returning from hospital, David hears news that may change his mind — yet ultimately the vagaries of chance would have it otherwise.
This play, in two acts and set in the present, is better described as a ‘Dark Comedy’ for it concerns one man’s efforts to end his life – hardly a usual subject for humour. This situation gives rise to many delightful comedic moments and opportunities for light-touch inter-play.

The Audition
Auditions will begin at 2pm on Sunday 10th March and 7pm on Thursday 14th March. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to complete a registration form before the auditions. If you are unable to attend either audition date, please get in touch.
The audition will involve reading different characters within the play with your fellow auditionees while demonstrating your ability to adapt and portray the characters personalities.

Conquest Theatre Actor Membership
To take part in All Things Considered at the Conquest Theatre, it is required that all actors who wish to be in this production are to subscribe to our Actor Membership before the first rehearsal.
For more information about this membership, please visit our membership page here.
Anyone without a membership will not be able to participate in All Things Considered.

Characters

David Freeman (50-ish)
An intelligent, articulate divorcee who, because he no longer enjoys life – it leaves him cold “just as music, good food, books even philosophy do” has decided to end his life. He has just published a book “A Matter of Life and Death”.

Ronnie (30/40’s)
A fellow lecturer in English and a serial philanderer with his students despite being married with children. He has made one of them pregnant and he wants David to talk her out of having an abortion. 

Laura (30’s)
An American from Berkeley who is giving a paper on organ donation at a university symposium. Mistakenly supposes that David is also giving a paper and wants his opinion and advice about hers. 

Joanna (30’s)
A Guardian journalist and ex-student and lover of Ronnie’s who is interviewing David about the autobiography his ex-wife has written that is highly critical of their life together. David mistakenly assumes she wants to discuss his book. 

Margaret (30/40’s)
The college librarian who carries a torch for David following a one night stand. She believes she is pregnant by him.  

Tom (30/50’s)
The college chaplain who tries very hard to dissuade David from his stated aim to kill himself. Accidentally learns of Ronnie’s situation and alerts the Dean to what has been going on.  

Bob (Any age)
An electrician who plays a key role in both saving and ending David’s life.

(Ages for each role are approximate. Please audition for roles even if you do not match the age exactly.)

If you would like to be involved in the production behind the scenes there are many roles available with props, sound, lighting, costume, stage hand, set painting and more. This is a perfect opportunity for you to get involved in theatre. Please get in touch!
Email: backstage@conquest-theatre.co.uk

If you would like more information or are unable to attend the audition, please contact Martin the director.
Email: director@conquest-theatre.co.uk