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Directed by James Dowson
In association with the ADC Theatre, Cambridge
Friday April 27th – Thursday 3rd May 2018

We are very grateful to be able to stage this production at the Howard Theatre in Downing College and plan to make the most of this unique setting. A high-energy, character-driven production using off-stage effects to acknowledge the ‘magical’ setting but mainly focused on the human participants and the ‘humanity behind the magic’. With an edited script, naturalistic acting and a core cast of 15, the production will give a range of acting opportunities suitable for a variety of ages and previous experience with Shakespeare. Part of the mystery left to the audience to decide is how much of the ‘magic’ is within Prospero’s own inner conflict and how much is truly the mystery of the island. Apart from certain key characters, the majority of roles will be open to either male of female actors and simply cast on individual ability and interpretation. The gender and ages listed below are, therefore, given only as a broad guide! If the gender is changed at casting then the script will be adapted to allow for this.

Cast outlines
Either male or female

PROSPERO Torn between revenge & goodness. More thoughtful than just ‘mystical’. The conflict between revenge and justice is central to the production and key to the humanity of the play. An essentially good and strong character. (circa 40-60)

ARIEL Lively, spirited imp caught between loyalty and rebellion. Clever & agile! Playful and essentially true to Prospero but desperate to be free. Also acts as Prospero’s conscience when needed (Youthful)

SEBASTIAN Alonso’s jealous sibling. Arrogant, insulting and ambitious. Antonio’s ally. Deliciously without morals and loyalty . Cunning and persuasive (circa 30-50+)

FRANCISCO/ADRIAN Merged character as a lesser dignitary/observer in Alonso’s court . Important to the structure of the play but without the burden of too many lines! Probably knows more than revealed about what’s going on. (20-40s)

TRINCULO Jester/Fool. Subservient ‘friend’ to Stephano. Sly & devious but a bit dim . Great character part ranging from resentful and jealous to broad comedy (20s+)

SPRITES Three feral,agile spirits who assist Ariel. Will take some of the lines in the greatly edited ‘goddesses scene’ but mainly they echo Ariel, torment other characters and lead the ‘magic’. Depending on who’s cast, the roles could develop in rehearsal to include singing , malevolence and dance.

Male

CALIBAN Prospero’s ‘deformed slave’. However, the ‘deformity’ will be more mental/emotional than physical. Aggressive and amoral. Vulnerable to flattery and seduction but capable of being resentful, cunning and sly. (20’s – 40’s)

FERDINAND King Alonso’s son. Charming, fun, over-indulged and probably a bit shallow! Boasts of his sexual conquests and falls in love with Miranda at first sight! Naive and lovable. (20’s)

Female

MIRANDA Prospero’s daughter, trapped on the island since an infant. Naive but not wet! Feisty, independent, sexually frustrated, hot-headed and outspoken. (Teens/20’s)

STEPHANO Cook/Butler. Clever and sexy. A bit rough and knows how to handle men. Controls Caliban and Trinculo with just enough flirtation but ruthless and ambitious (30+ ish?)

Probably male (but open for review at auditions)

ALONSO King of Naples. Misguided but true at heart. Grieving and remorseful for the ‘death’ of his son. Trying to hold the court together but unaware of Sebastian’s plotting (50+)

ANTONIO Prospero’s brother. Who plotted to usurp the Dukedom and destroy Prospero. Ruthless, sneering, self-serving , violent and persuasive. The focus of Prospero’s revenge and conflict about forgiveness (40+)

Probably female (but likewise see what happens at auditions!)

GONZALO Court elder ridiculed by younger but dignified, true and moral. Secretly rescued Prospero and Miranda to the safety of the island. Can be pompous and a bit long-winded (less than in the unedited script!) but essentially honest, strong and good. (50+)

Audition dates
Sunday 28th January 2018 10.30am – 5pm & Mon 29th January 2018 7pm to 10pm at the Salisbury Club, Mill Road, Cambridge.

Auditions will be held individually at a pre-arranged time. To book an audition time or for more information please contact the director at james.dowson@ntlworld.com stating whether you want to audition for a particular part and what the times you are available. You will then be emailed with a confirmed time and the relevant audition pieces. You will not be required to memorise these but will be able to familiarise yourself with them before the audition.

Audition process
When you book your audition slot, you’ll have two options available:
If you are auditioning for a specific role you will be sent the relevant audition piece by email (if auditioning for ‘Sprites’ or Ariel this will also include some movement and possibly singing work)
If you would prefer to have an ‘open’ audition for the production there will be a general Shakespeare speech which you’ll be asked to prepare
In either case, during your audition you’ll be asked to perform the extract in different ways and with varying emotions expressed.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals will run from February 26th until the performance dates. We will primarily rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Salisbury Club, Mill Road, Cambridge. Additional rehearsals will be held during these weeks subject to availability and possibly on one weekend during this period. However, as only one scene in the play requires the whole cast, you would only be called for the rehearsals relevant to each character.

Audition dates
Sunday 28th January 2018 10.30am – 5pm & Mon 29th January 2018 7pm to 10pm at the Salisbury Club, Mill Road, Cambridge.

Production dates
Friday April 27th – Thursday 3rd May 2018

Venue
Howard Theatre in Downing College
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UPCOMING PRODUCTION

Lears Daughters

by Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group

Combined Actors of Cambridge will be presenting Lear’s Daughters by Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group as their entry for the Sawston and Cambridge Drama festivals in 2018. The play will be directed by Chris Avery. Lear’s Daughters is a “prequel” to King Lear, looking at the lives of the sisters as children and young adults.

Date 22 – 24 March and 23 – 28 April 2018
Venue Sawston Drama Festival and Cambridge Drama Festival/span>
FUTURE PRODUCTION

The Tempest

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

Date Spring/Summer 2018
Venue to be announced
FUTURE PRODUCTION

The Girl in the Glass

a Cambridge Ghost Story by Sean Lang

Date to be announced
Venue to be announced

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Andrew Shepherd
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Andrew is a Combined Actors regular both onstage and behind the scenes, in his role as Chairman of the committee. His most recent roles include The Weir (Jim), Twelth Night Read More

Andrew ShepherdActor

Andrew is a Combined Actors regular both onstage and behind the scenes, in his role as Chairman of the committee. His most recent roles include The Weir (Jim), Twelth Night (Feste),The School for Scandal (Sir Peter Teazle), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Doc Baugh) and The Night of the Iguana (Herr Fahrenkopf).

Peter Simmons
Actor

Peter is a well known face on the Cambridge stage, recent roles for Combined Actors of Cambridge include Breaking the Code (Alfred Dillwyn ‘Dilly’ Knox), The Weir (Jack) and Habeas Read More

Peter SimmonsActor

Peter is a well known face on the Cambridge stage, recent roles for Combined Actors of Cambridge include Breaking the Code (Alfred Dillwyn ‘Dilly’ Knox), The Weir (Jack) and Habeas Corpus (Canon Throbbing). Roles for other companies include One Night in November (Ken Widdows), Waiting for Lefty (Voice / Fayette / Grady) and The Count of Monte Cristo (Gerard de Villefort).

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  • Ted FarrarGeorge Kirby-Smith
  • Mary FarrarJodie Haughton
  • Will FarrarKamen Watson
  • Alice ArmitageTracy James
  • Frank ArmitageMichael Dodds
  • Jim HaworthAndrew Shepherd
  • Alan RamsdenJohn Pickering
  • Herbert TweddleChris Hay
  • Dick ShawRichard Sockett
  • Edie StapletonLucy Woodcock
  • Susie HughesDanielle Padley
  • Melodeon PlayerChris Harris
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  • DirectorChris Avery
  • Assistant DirectorAlex Priestley
  • Set DesignerTony Broscomb
  • Set DesignerChris Avery
  • Set ConstructionPaul Philpott
  • Set ConstructionTony Broscomb
  • Set ConstructionRon Meadows
  • Stage ManagerTim Brunton
  • Deputy Stage ManagerAnna Perry
  • Lighting DesignMartin Avery
  • Sound OperatorSimon Munford
  • Costume SupervisorBrenda Cottis
  • CostumeAlex Priestley
  • PropsAnna Frayling-Cork
  • Props AssistantKate Crofts
  • Props AssistantKitty Foster
  • ChoreographerTBA
  • Lighting OperatorDiane Winkleby
  • Hair and Make-upHannah Curtis
  • Production ManagerJulie Petrucci
  • Script AssistanceBob Bright
  • Musical ArrangmentDanielle Padley
  • Poster and Programme DesignPaul Philpott