If you would like to direct at the Wharf and have some experience either as a director or actor, please get in touch with the theatre - we would love to hear from you.
Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins | The Worst Singer in the World by Peter Quilter
Directed by Liz Sharman
Playing dates • Mon 11 - Sat 16 May 2020
Auditions Tuesday 4 February | 7pm Wharf Theatre
Set in 1940s New York, this hilarious farce is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins. Dubbed ‘the worst singer in the world’, Florence nevertheless had thousands of adoring fans who attended her concerts and bought her recordings. This play, which enjoyed a run in the West End with Maureen Lipman, takes a distinctly more farcical approach to its subject matter than the recent film which starred Meryl Streep.
CHARACTERS (IN ORDER OF PROMINENCE)
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (F 40s-70s): dotty, delusional, yet totally loveable New York socialite, past her prime and lacking all musical ability, but who remains convinced she is an operatic diva. In the play, Florence is required to sing three operatic arias in varying degrees of awfulness and outlandish costumes:
- Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus - in English
- Habanera (L’amour est un oiseau ribelle) from Carmen - in French if possible, or a rough approximation of French!
- The Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute (Der Holle Rache) - (ditto German!)
Both singers and non-singers are welcome to audition for the role of Florence, but a familiarity with the above pieces will obviously be necessary to play the part. The audition will involve performing Adele’s Laughing Song (badly).
COSME McMOON (M 20s-40s): Florence’s long-suffering piano accompanist (American), who is at first horrified by her lack of ability, but soon grows to love her. Gentle-natured and witty, it is apparent to all but Florence that Cosme is gay. NB no actual piano ability required – Cosme will mime all of his piano-playing behind a grand piano, to a recorded track.
DOROTHY (F 40s-70s): Florence’s best friend (American) – even more bonkers than she is. Dorothy idolises Florence and is her right-hand woman, dressmaker and prop maker. She is also devoted to her dog, Ricky, who features in some notable gags in the play.
ST CLAIR BAYFIELD (M 50s-70s): Florence’s devoted partner – an old-school British actor (resting). St Clair is either oblivious to Florence’s shortcomings or refuses steadfastly to recognise them.
MARIA (F any age): Florence’s Mexican maid, who has a chip on her shoulder and speaks entirely in Spanish. Maria doesn’t have a great many lines, but her deadpan contempt for her job and her employers could make her a scene-stealer. A familiarity with Spanish pronunciation at least would be an advantage!
MRS JOHNSON (F any age): the party-pooper who stands up and denounces Florence and her lack of ability during a public recital (could be doubled with Maria if necessary)
Scripts are currently available and can be picked up from the theatre before Christmas. Please register your interest first with Liz on email@example.com (particularly for the part of Florence). We can then arrange a convenient date in January for a readthrough and a closer look at the musical requirements.
My Mother Said I Never Should | Charlotte Keatley
Directed by Debby Wilkinson
Playing dates | Mon 21 - Sat 26 September 2020
Auditions Wednesday 22 April | 7.30pm Wharf Theatre
This award- winning play is about the relationships between mothers and daughters, and explores the themes of independence, growing up and secrets. It is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the 20th century.
First performed in 1987, My Mother Said I Never Should was considered to be a landmark play (the theatrical equivalent of breaking the four- minute mile) and has seen a revival in professional productions over the past few years. It is a text studied at both GCSE and A level and I am delighted to be directing it here at The Wharf.
The style of the play breaks with naturalistic conventions. Time is not linear, and each actress will perform her character at a variety of ages. I am looking for 3 performers to join me in a collaborative, ensemble process where the final production will have evolved from the whole cast. The ability to really ‘embody’ the character at various ages is important.
Rehearsals will begin in late May/early June and will probably be twice a week with the occasional Sunday. Rehearsal days will be decided once the play is cast. Holidays during August are expected, and we will work around this.
Scripts are available and can be collected from me, Debby Wilkinson. To express your interest and/or to arrange to pick up a script, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DORIS Needs to perform from age 5 through to age 87. Ideally an Oldham accent but this doesn’t need to be strong.
JACKIE Needs to perform from age 9 through to age 35
ROSIE Needs to perform from age 8 through to age 16, although I’m probably looking for someone in their early 20s.