Directed by Gill Morrell
6th - 11th July 2020- Cleeve House, Seend, SN12 6PG
This late play offers fantastic parts with real depth. Starting with a gripping story of jealousy in the cold Sicilian winter, with sumptuous eighteenth century court costumes and formal dances, it jumps to the wild jollifications of the sheep shearing festival in Bohemia, full of romantic love, rustic charm and comedy, before high summer in Sicily resolves all the troubles. Real life, in fact.
I'm very excited about The Winter's Tale - getting the balance between tragedy and comedy, dealing with the special effects (including the bear!), creating tension, violence and quiet menace in the early scenes and magic and romance in the later ones, getting to grips with an amazing text, and getting the best out of our talented actors.
· 10 major roles, 7 for men, 3 for women, although Autolycus could possibly be female
· 12+ other speaking roles
· many roles can be doubled between Sicily and Bohemia
· some non-speaking roles but most will have lines
· at least one child, Mamillius - possibly the part could be shared, but more children are very welcome
· in addition, I'm hoping to have some real sheep and there is also the bear (famously, Act Three ends 'Exit, pursued by a Bear')
Leontes - the King - male, 30 - 50 major role
Hermione - the Queen - female, 25 - 40 major role
Mamillius - his son, dies in Act 2 - male but could be played by a girl, 7 - 12
Emilia - Hermione's waiting woman - female, any age
Perdita - Leontes's lost daughter - female, 16 - 20 major role
Antigonus - a courtier and adviser, dies at the end of the first half - male, 30 +
Paulina - wife to Antigonus - female, 30+ major role
Polixenes - King of Bohemia - male, 30 -50 major role
Florizel - Polixenes's son - male, 20- 30 major role
Archimadus - Lord accompanying Polixenes to Sicily - male or female, any age
Cleomenes - courtier sent to Delphi - male or female, any age
Dion - courtier sent to Delphi - male or female, any age
Camillo - trusted courtier - male, 40+ major role
Autolycus - a rogue - probably male, any age major role
Time - the chorus - male or female, any age, possibly multi-voiced
Gaoler - probably male, any age
Mariner - probably male, any age
Old Shepherd - male, 50+ major role
Young Shepherd's son (Clown) - male, 20 - 30 major role
Shepherd's servant - male or female, any age
Mopsa - a peasant girl - female, any age but in love with Young Shepherd
Dorcas - a peasant girl - female, any age but in love with Young Shepherd
THE AUDITION PROCESS
There are two main audition sessions - 2pm - 6pm on Saturday 7th December, and 9am - 12.30pm on Sunday 8th December. You are asked to specify in advance when you will be coming. There will also be opportunity to meet Gill separately if you really can't make the audition weekend, preferably beforehand. We genuinely welcome new members to the cast and crew.
You don't need to prepare anything in particular for the auditions, which will use sections from the play to try out different people in different parts. It is useful to know if you'd like to try for any particular parts, but flexibility is really valued.
The rehearsal process and the show week
We will have a read through and 'getting to know each other' session on a Sunday in January or February. The main rehearsals will start on Sunday 19th April and will continue every Sunday from 10am - 4pm, usually at Cleeve. There will also be mid-week rehearsals which will be set up to suit the people called. The final week starts with get in on Saturday 4th July, tech and dress rehearsals on Sunday 5th, followed by the seven performances, at 8pm Monday 6th - Saturday 11th and also at 2pm on the Saturday. Finally, the get out will be on Sunday 12th.
Membership and Volunteering
If you are given a part in the performance you will automatically become a Volunteer and a member of Shakespeare Live for the duration of the project.
Volunteering and Membership are currently free. However, a proposal to be debated by our members is that actors should pay a small performers' fee to help offset our high production costs.