Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 626414 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
BY Moira Buffini
Director: Clare Williamson
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07742156686
Performance dates: 11 -
What went on in the private, weekly meetings between two of the most iconic figures in recent British history? The Queen and Margaret Thatcher came from very different backgrounds but were similar in age. This play imagines the women’s often frostily well-
It’s a buoyant, opinionated history lesson covering the eleven years of Thatcher’s premiership, aided and enhanced by a succession of satirical cameos of the great and the good (as well as the occasional footman) all portrayed by two male actors. But there are also moments of almost unbearable pathos as the Queen hears of the murder of Lord Mountbatten, and Mrs Thatcher describes the Grand Hotel bombing.
The play is highly stylised -
CASTING: 4F 2M
T – an older Margaret Thatcher – playing age 60+
Q – an older Queen Elizabeth 11 – playing age 60+
Mags – a younger Margaret Thatcher – playing age 40+
Liz – a younger Queen Elizabeth 11 -
Please note, I am not interested in “lookalikes” – wigs, costume, body language and handbags will all be used to create an impression of the characters. Work on voice will be integrated into rehearsals.
Actor 1 – addresses audience and interacts with Actor 2 as himself but also plays a range of roles including Michael Shea, Press Secretary, Kenneth Kaunda, Nancy Reagan and Neil Kinnock.
Actor 2 -
Please note, there is no fixed playing age for Actors 1 & 2
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. There will be a few Sundays to accommodate full runs/tech rehearsals etc. Rehearsals will begin week of Tues 28 August. There will be a read through shortly after casting.
Tuesday 5 June 7.30pm in the Barn
Audition pieces will be provided upon arrival on the night of the audition. There is no necessity to prepare anything in advance. However, all auditionees are encouraged to read the play:
Faber and Faber: ISBN 987-
If you are unable to make the audition date, please contact me as soon as possible to make another arrangement.