Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 626414 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
THERE CAME A GYPSY RIDING by Frank McGuinness
Director: Clare Howard
Contact: 07847 333032 firstname.lastname@example.org
Haunted by the suicide of their youngest child, Eugene, an educated, cultured, Dublin family retreat to their holiday cottage on the untamed west coast of Ireland, the place of his death, to mark his 21st birthday. The family are divided by their grief, and in this place they are challenged by the primal landscape, superstitions, their relationships and their need to move on. The guardian, or spirit, of the place is an elderly cousin, Bridget, who found Eugene's body. Arriving uninvited, she chooses this moment to reveal a secret about his death.
This beautifully written play won acclaim when premiered in 2007, and, in the best modern Irish tradition, overlays rationalism with a gloss of something ancient and poetic. Although dealing with a dark and difficult subject, the play is infused with humour and is ultimately cathartic.
3F, 2M. Ages given are approximate playing ages. All roles are substantial and complex.
Leo mid 40s -
Louise early 20s their daughter, a primary school teacher
Simon early 20s their elder son, a bookseller
Bridget 70+ Leo's distant cousin. Eccentric, mischievous and fey.
AUDITION: Sunday 24th July 2016 at 7.30pm in the Barn
If you are unable to make this date, please contact the director as soon as possible to make another arrangement.
The audition will take the form of group-
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Details to be confirmed, but likely to start at the beginning of November. Three or four rehearsals a week initially, including some longer Sunday rehearsals. Christmas break to be agreed. It is likely that all characters, with the possible exception of Bridget, will be required at all rehearsals. The cast will be expected to be off the book at an early stage. Support will be given with accents and the oddments of song that permeate the play.
There are still three roles to be cast for this production and there will be an additional audition on 16 August at 7.30pm in the theatre.
The remaining roles are (nb slight change of playing ages to original casting notes):