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Rope 2016 Auditions


Directed by Matthew Friett


Sunday 29th May 1pm
Eynsford Village Hall – Darenth Room


Friday 27th May 8pm
Eynsford Village Hall – Darenth Room

Audition Pieces Here

Rope is a play which has been produced as the world’s tensest thriller and as the world’s darkest comedy. This production will have plenty of both. Paying homage to its Hitchcockian history on film and the farcical nonsense it subverts, I will be taking significant plagiarism influence from the very successful West End production of the 39 Steps to create a slick, fast-moving, laugh-out-loud production. The only way this will work is with an amazingly talented and dedicated cast… That is where you come in!

The only requirement for the cast of Rope is energy. As most actors will take on multiple roles for comedic and practical effect, everyone will read for everything at the auditions (though preferences will be considered), and roles cast based on comedic and acting potential. A young, strapping actor might get his ‘first choice’ part of a young handsome student, but he may also be playing a doddery old lady later on in the play. Appearance, age and gender are absolutely not barriers in auditioning and being cast for this production. The character info is only to inform your characterisation, not who you really are.

In addition to the on-screen parts, there are vital roles for non-speaking roles behind the scenes. Manipulating practical effects such as holding a watering can to make it rain, or banging dustbin lids together for thunder. The largest of these roles will be the ‘Sound Effects’, who will have their own table near the stage and provide all the sound effects akin to old Radio Dramas (or the Sound Effects game in Whose Line is it Anyway?) A stage-within-a-stage effect will ensure all suitably hilarious off stage antics are captured.

If you like to make people laugh and gasp in equal measure, and like the idea of messing around with established theatrical conventions, or just feel like being very, very silly for a few hours a night this October, please come along to the read through and auditions for Rope by Patrick Hamilton. Hope to see you all there!

The Characters

The Murderers
Wyndham Brandon –Male. Early 20s. Quietly and expensively dressed. Almost paternal with everyone he addresses, and this seems to arise from an instinctive knowledge of his own good health, good looks, success and natural calm. This, however, brings him at moments to an air of vague priggishness, and is the one reason why you cannot altogether like him.
Charles Granillo –Male. Early 20s. Expensively and rather ornately dressed.  He wears a diamond ring. A Spaniard.  He is enormously courteous – something between dancing-master and stage villain.  He speaks English perfectly.  To those who know him fairly well, and are not subject to Anglo-Saxon prejudices, he seems a thoroughly good sort.

The Victim
Ronald Kentley –Male. Very early 20s. Looks like Raglan. Or at least he looked like Raglan. When he was alive. No lines. Must be willing to stage fight and die horrifically and realistically of asphyxiation in the first couple of minutes.

The Guests
Sabot – The servant. Male. 30+. An alert, very dark little Frenchman, with a long nose and a blueness of cheek which no amount of shaving will eradicate.  He is an almost perfect servant – intelligent, alert and obedient. He is married, quietly ambitious, industrious, and will have a restaurant of his own one of these days.
Kenneth Raglan – A friend from Uni. Male. Early 20s. Simple, good-looking, shy, foolish and good.  He still thinks that nightclubs are dens of delight, but that there is probably one girl in the world for him whom he will one day find.
Leila Arden – Another university friend. Female. 20s. Young, good-looking, and has no ideas.  She also has the same tendency to conceal that deficiency with a show of sophistication.  She has a fairly good stock of many-syllabled and rather outré words which she brings out with rather comic emphasis, and might even be thought deep.  But she is not.
Sir Johnstone Kentley – The victim’s father. Male. 50+. A decidedly pleasant older gentleman, slightly bent, old for his years. Slow moving, utterly harmless, gentle and a little listless.
Mrs Debenham – Kentley’s sister who only says about three goddamn words in the whole thing. Will be represented by a mop wearing a hat through most of the play. Female. 50+.  She is, indeed, so completely a nonentity as to acquire considerable personality and distinction from the very fact.
Rupert Cadell – The murderers’ idol. A university lecturer. Male. Late 20s to 40s. Hamilton calls him He is a little foppish in dress and appearance, and this impression is increased by the very exquisite walking-stick which he carries indoors as well as out.  He is lame in the right leg.  He is enormously affected in speech and carriage. His affectation almost verges on effeminacy, and can be very irritating, but he has a very disarming habit, every now and again, of retrieving the whole thing with an extraordinary frank, open and genial smile.”

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Updates from Committee Meeting Sept and Oct 2015


Outdoor Show – Oh wouldn’t it be luvverly!

The next outdoor show which will be in the summer of 2017, will be My Fair Lady directed by Kirstie McMillan. More details to come soon!

Spring Slot

Next year’s spring slot will be Rope directed by Matthew Friett. More details to come soon!

House of Dracula

The youth group are working really hard on their next show, House of Dracula. It will be for one night only on the 14th of November so get your tickets from Naomi now! It is the most ambitious show the kids have done for a long time and well worth your support.

Stars in their Eyes

We are still looking for a couple of acts for Stars. It will be on the 5th of December and promises to be a fabulous evening. We need you to come be your idols! Don’t worry if you don’t look exactly like that person or sound exactly like them, it’s the performance that counts! Email jasond@riversideplayers.co.uk 

My Brilliant Divorce

We have had standing ovations, we have had multiple emails in, we have had people stopped in the street! Every single piece of feedback has been utterly astounded by this show. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, do it now. Here are some of the pieces of feedback shared with us:

I had sat just in front of what turned out to be the actor’s daughter and I said to her that her mother was b r i I l i a n t and I/we were “gobsmacked” at the length of the script the actor had to learn with very little prompting.  Her daughter asked me to meet her mother afterwards and I was proud to shake her hands and she looked exhausted.  Positively first class

It turned out to be one of those special evenings that are truly memorable. The work that went into the production must have been enormous, and the end product brilliant.

If any member of riverside players wishes to view the minutes to the Committee Meetings, they are available upon request by emailing committee@riversideplayers.co.uk

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Return to the Forbidden Planet Auditions


The biggest rock ‘n’ roll show is coming your way soon!

Join Captain Tempest and his crew on an epic voyage along with green monsters, a roller skating robot and insane scientist to boot.

All your favourite rock ‘n’ roll hits will be featured in this hot feature from Riverside Players coming to you in summer 2016 so buckle up, suit up and get ready for an intergalactic voyage into hyperspace… and beyond!

Be a part of that by auditioning for Return for the Forbidden Planet on October 4th at Anthony Roper School at 2pm.

All assets are available to download at the bottom of this post

The Crew

Captain Tempest – Male 28-40

The Captain of the Albatross, Tempest needs to have the authority to command the crew. He is the all American hero, with a pipe in one hand and apple pie in the other. He is stern but good natured and will always try to do the right thing.

Bosun –Male/Female, any age

The Bosun is Tempest’s right hand man, a senior officer but not officer class. Coarser than his Captain, he is nevertheless fiercely loyal – but perhaps a little too eager in some cases.

Science Officer / Gloria – Female, 34+

The “new science officer” who dramatically is revealsed to be the ex-wife of Prospero. She is a cold, calculating, smart and sassy space woman. She’s the only woman to get this far in the Space Core – and she didn’t sleep her way to the top.

Cookie – Male, 18-25

The youngest (and least respected) member of the crew. He is a young, impressionable and easily led young man. Falls in love with Miranda and then plots revenge when it isn’t returned.

Navigation Officer – Male/Female, Any Age

The person driving this damn tub! The Navigation Officer keeps the ship on course, with a few choice lines and some nice solo lines in the songs.

Crew – Any Sex, Any Age

Due to the needs of the show, there will be a few roles for musicians without given names in the script. There are a few lines that are up for grabs, but mainly they’ll need to help make the music slick as well as making the ship look busy when necessary. If you’re a musician that would rather rock out without too many Shakespearean lines to learn, this is the part for you!

The Outsiders

Doctor Prospero – Male, 39+

The Mad Scientist who is father to Miranda and ex-husband to Gloria. He feels maligned by the world, despite his obvious genius. He is a very protective father, but he is clearly someone who holds a grudge. Knows he is smarter than everyone else.

Miranda – Female, 15 – 21

The sweet, innocent daughter of Prospero and Gloria. She has never met anyone but her father and Ariel – making everything strange and exciting.

Ariel – Any Gender, Any Age

The robot created by Prospero to do his bidding. A wonder to behold – guardian of Miranda and bound to Prospero.

Audition Assets

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Jack and the Beanstalk 2016 Auditions


Dear Lords and Ladies of Pantoland,

Yes it’s that time again! (Oh no it isn’t etc.) As I invite you all to attend auditions for the January 2016 production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

READTHROUGH DATE Monday 21st September, 8pm, EVH

AUDITION DATE Sunday 27th September 1pm, EVH

(Please do let me know at the earliest possible date if you cannot attend and I will arrange another audition with you BEFORE this date).

This story takes you to the once lovely land of Eynsinham (see what I did there). Unfortunately, the land has been over run by the evil Giant Blunderbore who claims taxes and riches off the Eynsigham’s residents through his evil henchman Fleshcreep. Surely somebody is brave enough to stop this torment…? Cue Jack Trott, a brave, young, courageous boy who believes he can make a difference.

Of course, Jack is not alone….

Jack and the Beanstalk (J&B), has always been one of my favorite pantomime stories. It’s got so much potential for an exciting family story with lots of fun loving characters to be involved.

I’m very excited about this new project, as I embark on directing my very first pantomime. Quite frankly, if the gags aren’t funny, I’ve got nobody to blame but myself, as I also wrote the script!

I’ve already got an amazing production team working on this already and I now need those darling ‘luvvies’.

Any problems or questions please contact me on 07507837931 or lawrencewatling@msn.com

It will be fun, it will be cheesy and it will be one big spectacular adventure.

See you there,

Larry :)

Character Playing Details Description Spoken Audition Piece Singing Audition Piece
Jack Trott Male/Female 18-30 The hero of the story. Although Jack is technically labeled as, the ‘principal boy’, I do not see him as a ‘Prince Charming’ type character, who goes out to seek the girl. He is poor boy (though not common) who wants to bring freedom to those he loves so dear and will do whatever it takes to do so. He loves Tamara. Jack has a fight scene. Jack and FleshcreepJack, Billy and Tamara I’ll be there for you
Princess Tamara Female 16-28 The princess of the land who captures Jack’s heart. She, like Jack, is kind and determined to bring freedom to the land and its people. She is not scared of Fleshcreep and she is one of the only characters brave enough to stand up to him. She loves Jack. Jack, Billy and TamaraFleshcreep and Tamara Holding Out for a Hero
Dame Trott Male 30+ Jack and Billy’s mother, who provides much of the comedy for this pantomime. The Dame considers herself to be very sexy, much to the audience’s disbelief! Uses several pet names for her two sons. She is always on the hunt for a new man. Dame TrottDame and Billy I’ll be there for you
Silly Billy Male any age The comic of the story. Partnered with Dame Trott for the majority of his stage time. Billy is probably the character with the most interaction with the audience so a high level energy performance is required. Billy does have a very messy slapstick scene with Dame Trott, which the audience should hopefully find very comical. Dame and BillyJack, Billy and Tamara I’ll be there for you
Fleshcreep Male 30+ The giant’s representative on the land. Fleshcreep is mean and nasty towards everybody with the exception of his master (the Giant). He will go out of his way to make everybody’s life a misery, as that is what makes him happy. A very menacing performance is required. Fleshcreep has a fight scene. Fleshcreep and TamaraJack and Fleshcreep I’ll be there for you
Fairy Flora Female any age This character is kind and not scary
She is the very lovely vegetable fairy
She is very caring and wants to help Jack
To bring freedom and everyone’s happiness back
But one thing you may notice, which she does all the time
Oh yes, indeed, she is forever talking in fancy rhyme
Fairy Flora Let It Go
King Alan Cremer XXXXIIII Male 45+ Yes that’s King Alan Cremer the 44th. I didn’t need a lot of inspiration for this character’s name!
He is Tamara’s father and a very run down king indeed. He is the loveable character that tries to use his status to take charge of the situation, but he is really just as silly as the rest.
King, Dave and Chas I’ll be there for you
Dave and Chas Male or Female 25+ The king’s idiotic henchmen. These two characters are very fun loving, full of life and have many gags between them. These roles require a strong comic duo that can work well together and are able to bounce of one another. King, Dave and ChasDave and Chas I’ll be there for you
Giant Blunderbore Male 30+ The antagonist of the story, even though we actually don’t see the Giant until very late into the second half his booming, menacing voice is heard throughout. Must exaggerate gestures, as this character will be in a skin like costume. The giant has a fight scene. Giant I’ll be there for you
Daisy The Cow Male or Female any age Is what she is, a beautiful cow and the darling of the story. I need two (or potentially more) Daisy operators as it were. Even though the cow has no lines (apart from moo) I have no doubt that the audience will fall in love with her and she will steal the show. Must exaggerate gestures, as this character will be in a skin costume. THERE IS NO SPECIFIC AUDITION FOR THIS PART (if you are interested, please state on audition form)…you can show me your best ‘mooing’ impression if you please! n/a n/a
Chorus All genders, all ages Lots of fun cameo parts and lots of cheesy numbers to dance and sing to. There is also a chance to not only be human characters, but ghosts and ghouls too. Like any show like this, I need a fun loving and enthusiastic chorus. Must have the ability to smile and have lots of energy. Chorus I’ll be there for you

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Updates from Committee Meeting Aug 15


The committee met on August the 4th and amongst the copious amounts of snacks and pizza, we also made some headway with the upcoming season.

October 15 Slot

The next show for October will be ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ directed by Julie Lovelock; a one woman show of which has recently had acclaim when Dawn French played the main character.

Outdoor Production Proposals

The slot for the outdoor production in summer 17 has now had a deadline set on it due to the planning required to do so. This has been set to the end of August and any directors wishing submit a proposal should send at least an outlined proposal by this date to be considered. Proposals should be sent to committee@riversideplayers.co.uk

Spring 16 Slot Proposals

We were overwhelmed by the amount of support from directors and budding directors to put on a show in the October slot and we have taken a couple forward to be considered for the Spring 16 slot. This of course is still open to the entire group to propose something and any proposals should be submitted by the end of September and sent to committee@riversideplayers.co.uk

Return to the Forbidden Planet, Summer 16

The date for auditions has been set to be in October, more on this coming very soon.

If any member of riverside players wishes to view the minutes to the Committee Meetings, they are available upon request by emailing committee@riversideplayers.co.uk

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