AUDITIONS - Our Country's Good - 17 & 18 July (Banbury Cross Players)

Date: 
17 July 2024 - 7:30pm - 18 July 2024 - 7:30pm

AUDITIONS will take place on 17th and 18th July at The Mill Arts Centre, 7.30pm, for three roles available in BCP’s re-scheduled production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s powerful drama Our Country’s Good.  

A play about real people and real events which premiered at The Royal Court in 1988 and won the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year.  It is a multi-layered piece which outlines the historical facts about the first transportees to Botany Bay in 1786.  There is a hierarchy.  There are abusers and victims.  It is sad and tender and painful.  It is also a story of hope and redemption.
 
Led by a Director with an absolute passion for the historic period in question and extensive knowledge of the actual settlement this promises to be an absorbing creative experience.
 
Auditions will consist of reading extracts from the play.  No preparation/learning of the script is required but it will be an ‘on your feet’ reading.
 
ROLES AVAILABLE
John Arscott – any age
A carpenter, transported for burglary in 1788.  Strong silent type who does not engage in banter or conversations and has few relationships.  Brutal, and can be unpleasant when crossed. 

A small role but has the rousing closing speech which must be delivered at volume and with energy.

Audition Pieces - Act 2 Scene 7 and final speech Act 2 Scene 11
 
Second Lieutenant William Faddy – any age
An astronomer, keen on the stars and the universe.  Well-read and intelligent.  Obeys orders easily and often without question.  Regularly the one to arrange convict punishment.
 
Limited dialogue but on stage in all scenes with the officers
 
Audition Piece - Act 1 Scene 6
 
James “Ketch” Freeman – any age, Irish or Welsh accent
One of the group that stole from the colony’s food supply.  Avoided the death penalty by accepting a job as hangman.  Hated and abused by all the convicts.  Establishes relationships with other convicts through the play rehearsals, especially Liz, who he tries to spare from hanging.
 
One of the most powerful parts in the play.
 
Audition Pieces – Act 1 Scene 9 - monologue and dialogue with Ralph
 
Rehearsals will start with a workshop on Sunday 15th Sept 2pm-5pm.  Regular rehearsals follow on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm-9.30pm, and one Sunday afternoon per month at Banbury United Football Club.
 
Performances are 21-23 November 2024 (7.30pm) and 23 November 2024 (2.30pm) at The Mill Arts Centre.  You will need to be available for Technical and Dress rehearsals from Monday 18th November.
 
You do not need to be a member to audition but will be required to join BCP if cast.  Details available on the BCP website. 
 
If you have any questions or would like to audition but cannot make either date, please contact Director, Chrissie Garrett on chrissiegarrett@btinternet.com or 01295 810412 / 07557023144.
 
We look forward to seeing you!