Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 626414 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
Under Milk Wood
by Dylan Thomas
Director: Cassie Tillett
Contact details: email@example.com / 07802 475110
Performance dates: 16-
Originally created as a 'play for voices', this beautiful and evocative piece describes a typical day in the life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh town. We meet the extraordinary characters and 'hear their dreams', getting to know their wishes and ways, their loves and desires, their happiness and their darker side. There's great deal of humour and love alongside sadness, disappointment and occasionally downright sinister; the characters are familiar and supernatural, hilarious and tragic, disturbing and reassuring.
CASTING: 10 actors* -
If cast on a one-
For audition purposes, I will be casting 5F/5M to play the following primary roles. Once these have been cast, the remainder of the roles will be allocated as appropriate to the performers. The other roles that actors will take on will be very different to those shown below, so prepare to be challenged with variety.
Polly Garter -
Rosie Probert -
Myfanwy Price -
Mrs Pugh -
Cherry Owen -
Mog Edwards -
Mr Waldo -
Mr Pugh -
Revd Eli Jenkins -
The ages shown are very flexible. Obviously couples should be plausible -
*Please note: In addition to the ten ensemble players, the following two roles have been pre-
The Voice of a Guide-
These two actors will not play any other roles.
Music: The characters of Rosie Probert, Polly Garter, Mr Waldo and Revd Eli Jenkins all have solo songs to sing. These are not in any sense 'professional' singers, but must be pleasant, tuneful and confident. Please note that there is also much ensemble music in the show, especially the Evening Hymn -
Accents: obviously this play is the very epitome of all things Welsh. However, Thomas commented that Laugharne (the real-
The show will require every member of cast at every rehearsal, with the possible occasional exception of Captain Cat. As such, rehearsals will be built around the availability of the cast. Saturdays will not be used, nor Sunday mornings, but all other evenings and Sunday afternoons are possible. There will be three rehearsals per week for the first month, potentially increasing to four after we have got in to the Barn, and the usual commitment during tech, dress rehearsals and show weeks.
Rehearsals will begin w/c 18 May 2020; there may also be a couple of music rehearsals during the month before this, but this would be very flexible and occasional. A readthrough will be arranged as soon as possible after the play has been fully cast and the remaining characters allocated.
Sunday 1 March 2020 at 7.30pm in the Barn
Please read the script before auditioning. It is easily available in many versions, also from the local library, and can be found online at https://limpidsoft.com/small/milkwood.pdf. (If you're buying a script, please ensure it's the one we'll be using -
You don't need to be off-
Please choose three short speeches (each a maximum of 1 minute long) from the play as follows:
o any character for which you would like to audition
o the First (or Second) Voice narrative
o one other character (not listed above)
Please be prepared to sing a short song if you are auditioning for Rosie Probert, Polly Garter, Mr Waldo or Revd Eli Jenkins. The style is essentially folk song / popular song, so anything from a nursery rhyme to a folk song would be great.
We will use simple musical rounds to try out vocal blending among the group. Don't panic -
Under Milk Wood: The Definitive Edition
Orion Books ISBN 9781780227245
(there are two versions available -