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the comedy of errors

By William Shakespeare

Performances: 16 November – 26 November

Director: Chris O'Grady

Auditions will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August at Toi Poneke Arts Centre. 61 - 69 Abel Smith Street.

Call-backs will be in the evening of Monday 22 August, also at Toi Poneke.

To book an audition time or for more information email Julie Anne at auditions@stagecraft.co.nz

 

The Play

The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.

This production of The Comedy of Errors will be set in post WW2 1940’s in a typical English seaside town. This production will take audience participation seriously with the potential of involving them more than normal…

There is the opportunity to have a musician/singer to be playing throughout the production as busker to add to scenes or act as a bridge between scenes. This role could also double with one of the characters.

 

The Characters

Original

Gender and age

How the character will be played in this production

Solinus – Duke of Ephesus

Male 40+

Solinus will be the mayor of the town.

Egeon – Merchant of Syracuse and father to the Antipholuses

Male 40+

Egeon will be a travelling salesman.

Emilia - Egeon's lost wife, now Lady Abbess at Ephesus

Female 40+

Emilia will be a nun

Antipholus of Ephesus

One of the twin brothers and son of Egeon and Emilia.  Married to Adriana.

 

Male 20s to 30s

Antipholus of Ephesus will be a former officer in the army

Antipholus of Syracuse

One of the twin brothers and son of Egeon and Emilia.

Male 20s to 30s

Antipholus of Syracuse will be a former officer in the army

Dromio of Ephesus. One of the other twin brothers, bondmen, each serving his respective Antipholus

Male 20s to 30s (could be played by a female playing a man)

Dromio of Ephesus will be the servant of Antipholus of Ephesus, the former batman of Antipholus of Ephesus in the army.  A batman was a soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant

Dromio of Syracuse. One of the other twin brothers, bondmen, each serving his respective Antipholus

Male 20s to 30s (could be played by a female playing a man)

Dromio of Syracuse will be the servant of Antipholus of Syracuse, the former batman of Antipholus of Syracuse in the army.  A batman was a soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant

Adriana – wife of Antipholus of Ephesus

Female 20s to 30s

Café owner.  Was in the land army.  Headstrong, independent but prone to jealousy and suspicion.

Luciana – sister to Adriana

Female 20s to 30s

Works in café.  More old fashioned than Adriana, but has a ‘naughty’ side to her.

Nell/Luce

Female (or male!) 20+ (large woman / man)

Kitchen hand at café

Balthazar

Male or female 20 to 65

Business owner in town (to be defined)

Angelo

Male or female 20 to 65

A goldsmith

Courtesan

Female 20+

Prostitute

First merchant

Male or female 20 to 65

Business owner in town (to be defined)

Second merchant

Male or female 20 to 65

Business owner in town (to be defined)

Doctor Pinch

Female or Male 20 to 65

Nurse or Doctor

Jailer / Officer

Male 20+

Policeman

 


Note:  Acting rehearsals are likely to be Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays and commence 3pm, Sunday 18 September 2016


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