iRehearsals are now fully underway for our production of Les Miserables. While costumes wont be making an appearance until next week, Andrew came up today and got some brilliant pictures of the rehearsals behind the scenes. We did Act 1 (the first half) today, and the team are so strong already. Behind the scenes the teamwork and cohesion is ideal, onstage the energy and dynamism is so powerful that it is amazing to think what it will become, when it is this strong already. Truly wonderful - and a privilige to direct such great actors.
We held open auditions for our production of Les Miserables, last weekend and filled most of the roles.
As it stands though we are still looking to cast several male roles, and would like to hear from anyone interested in auditoning - contact us to arrange an audition time and date .
You can download an audition information pack here
Our production of Macbeth at Torquay went as well as the Brixham shows did, with more excellent feedback. A local newspaper reporter, Bob Jope, attended to review the production - here is a link to his glowing review:
Macbeth in Torbay
while other audience feedback and reviews on social media was just as encouraging.
It was also an exciting first for us, as the actor/ technician Dorothy Laity Lombardi attended to run our lights. It was fantastic to work with her - and to meet her theatre-trained service dog, Emma. Dorothy and Emma proved without a shadow of doubt just what an amazing team they were!
(photos below of rehearsals, and preparation for the Torquay performances - and featuring Emma!)
We would like to welcome to our Macbeth team, the French-Irish actor Christophe Lombardi, Actor, who has been a member of the Players for some time, along with his wife. Christophe trained at Les Cours Simon in Paris, and has since appeared in numerous TV programmes for the BBC, the Smithsonian, Universal and Netflix. He is also a living history performer and fight choreographer. There is some incredible work underway to prepare, and all is going smoothly and very well. He recently appeared in a production with Ivybridge Community Arts, The Armistice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gGIc87LUmg), and is a regular actor with Trapdoor Entertainment.
Photos (not from Macbeth!) are by Roger Kenny, from the Irish TV programme Prisoners of the Tower, and Dorothy Grace Laity Lombardi and the montage is from various productions, all as supplied by Dorothy Grace Laity Lombardi.
We are thrilled to be working with this fantastic actor, and cant wait to introduce him to Brixham theatre audiences, hopefully the first of many times in future.
Open auditions for our production of Les Miserables.
Based off the original novel by Victor Hugo, this show requires a full cast, aged from 10 - 70, male and female, for named speaking roles. It is a non-musical dramatic adaptation of the novel, for full scale stage performance.
All roles except "grown up Cosette" open for casting, please scroll down for a list of all roles being cast.
AUDITION INFORMATION PACK AVAILABLE FROM
Auditions are on Sunday Feb 10th 2019, at Chestnut Community centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 0SA. Please arrive to begin at 1pm. (doors open from 12). .
Castings will take the form of reading and characterising excerpts from the script.
As with all our in-house shows, all persons appearing as cast and crew for this production will be entitled to remuneration as
- equal profit share (ticket-take less venue hire cost)
- portfolio photos and video for portfolio use
- copies of all press in which the character is featured
- programme credit
(and anything else we find that we are able to offer)
More information on our audition process is to be found at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html
THERE IS NO CHARGE TO AUDITION OR BE INVOLVED WITH US.
Brixham, Torquay, Plymouth, on Friday-Saturdays in June 2019
Rehearsal dates: Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9.30pm, Sundays 12.30pm - 5pm,
at Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0SA, the same as the auditions. For this reason, priority will be given to performers who live in the South Devon region. Please note that you will be expected to attend regular rehearsals.
Due to previous incidents we need to state that
1) All cast will need to be able to attend regular rehearsals, and to be able to learn characterisation, lines and blocking,
2) Actors will be required to wear costumes
3) All people in the production are expected to adhere to socially acceptable behaviour at all times.
4) Performances are on an open-book equal-profit share basis.
5) We welcome performers of all backgrounds.
MORE ABOUT US
ROLES BEING CAST:
(Key: *= roles we may be able to combine, L= large roles)
Roles spanning both acts
Jean Valjean (middle-aged or older male) L
Javert (middle-aged or older male) L
Madame Thenadier (female) L
Roles in Act 1
Brevet (male, convict)
Fantine (female, single mother) L
Factory Boss (male or female) L
Bambataois (male roustabout and fop) *
Little Cosette (female child around 12/ 13 years -Fantine’s daughter) *
Bishop (male) *
Mlle Baptistine (female, Bishop’s housekeeper) *
Innkeeper in Digne (Male or female) *
Petit Gervais (child, age 9 - 13, ideally male, otherwise female) *
Factory girl 1 (female) *
Factory girl 2 (female) *
Sister Simplice (female, nun who takes care of Fantine after her rescue)
“Gendarme” (male, policeman) *
Estella (female, prostitute) *
Bernardo (Male, sailor)*
Sailor (male, sailor) *
Landlord (Ideally male, otherwise female, who tells Jean to leave his inn) *
Prosecutor (Male, at the trial of Champmanthieu) *
Champmanthieu (male, needs to be a similar build to Jean, as mistaken for Jean) *
Factory workers (female) *
Prostitutes (female) *
Marius (male. Law student, revolutionary) L
Enjolras (male, student, revolutionary, very dedicated to his cause) L
Grantaire (male, student, revolutionary but more interested in a few drinks) L
Mlle Gillenormand (female, Marius’s aunt) L
Coufeyrac (male, law student, friend of Marius) L
Eponine (female, almost destitute, in love with Marius, but her interest is not returned) L
Gavroche (child, street urchin with an attitude age 8 - 13 – male)
Jean Prouvaire (male, student, revolutionary, much quieter spoken than the others) *
Madame Mabeuf (female – male in the book, but changed to female for ease of casting,
elderly bookshop owner whose shop went out of business) *
Le Cabuc (Ideally male. revolutionary and a generally not very nice person! )*
Toussaint (female, Jean and Cosettes housekeeper. )
Madame St Just (female, homeowner killed by Le Cabuc) *
We are delighted to announce that the tickets are on sale earlier than expected, for our winter production of Macbeth!
"Performing William Shakespeare's original unabridged text, the award-winning South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, homegrown in Brixham, bring this drama to life in an all-new production. This classic tale of ambition, destiny and murder takes place in the near future, dramatized across a post-WW3 Scottish landscape, performed by a strong team of local professional and semi-professional actors.
Winners of the 2017 Epic Award for England, an annual national award for groundbreaking innovation and creativity in the arts, the South Devon Players specialise in high-quality productions based on classical texts, and researched history, developing and showcasing the talent of actors and other creatives from around South Devon.
You can get your tickets for Brixham Theatre, for performances January 18th - 19th,
from their ticketing section
And you can get your tickets for Torquay Museum, from our ticketing platform
Performing Shakspeares original text, this production will be on at Brixham Theatre with public performances
Friday January 18th 2019 (evening)
Saturday January 19th 2019 (matinee and evening)
then at Torquay Museum
Friday February 1st 2019 (evening)
Saturday February 2nd 2019 (matinee & evening)
Tickets will go on sale during October 2018, along with an exciting video trailer and cast photos.
And, just because the team are doing so well, here are some more behind the scenes photos from rehearsals
A great day yesterday with rehearsals - having finished workshopping the 5 acts, we now have started in on blocking the acts. As we were working on Act 5 yesterday, we started blocking that too.
Last sunday was a brilliant day - what a turnout of amazing new and established people - and what a standard of audition. Pretty much everybody was deserving of a lead role, which made selection incredibly difficult!
We are just waiting to hear from everyone with regard to accepting thier roles, but as it stands we have been able to fully cast the entire production, and it is outstanding!
We also have a new lovely crew member, Andrew, who is helping with things behind the scenes and he got some great audition photos!
This is an overview of some of the characters who appear in 1307. Some of our cast play more than one character and therefore the character cards focus on just one of those characters.
Updated by our secretary, Laura
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