We are in the middle of casting for the classic bawdy, comic satire that is The Satyricon. (Full details of the play, including the plot, the characters and the performance dates are on the dedicated website thesatyricon.uk.)
Although we have seen and are considering some very talented actors at our first casting workshop, there is another opportunity to audition:
Workshop b: Sunday 26th January 2020
Petronius (m, 35-50)
"An Arbiter - a judge - of elegance. Equivalent to, say, editor of Vogue - a commander in the Fashion Police."
The narrator of The Satyricon, a relatively calm presence above the confusion of characters and stories that he creates. A man who is distant but who nevertheless engages the audience's attention and even sympathy by the end of the play.
Encolpius (m, 18-24)
"Encolpius claims to have been a gladiator, but honestly, look at him. He's far too pretty. He wouldn't last a minute in the circus. Throw him a trident and he'd stab his own foot with it. No, let's be generous and call him a student, young, brash and with his eye on the main chance - although the main chance seldom has its eye on him."
Encolpius is desired by both women and men - although he prefers men. For a large part of the play he finds himself impotent and has to undergo various embarrassing situations in order to recover his virility.
Ascyltos (m, 18-24)
"Ascyltos should be the gladiator. If there's a fight, he'll be in the middle of it, and if there's a fight he probably started it. He says he's a student and he maintains the proud tradition of regularly getting drunk. He can't remember what he studies but if he ever reaches old age he'll proudly tell you he's a graduate of the University of Life."
"You created me a dolt. Good for nothing but fighting, drinking and fucking. But I'm more than that. I have feelings, don't you know? I care for people, look out for them."
Giton (m, 16, but actor must be at least 18)
"What can I tell you about Giton? Well, he's sixteen years old and just discovered sex. What's the expression? Young, dumb and full of cum. That's all you need to know."
Giton is in a relationship with Encolpius - but that doesn't stop him jumping into bed with any woman or man who invites him there. Like any teenage youth, Giton also likes to eat and pick his nose or scratch his backside or fall asleep when he has nothing better to do.
Actors (m/f/t, 18-80)
"That lot over there are actors. We'll bring them on when we need them for minor roles. Until then forget them. I say they're actors, but honestly... Look at that one's fingernails; he spends his days as a jobbing gardener. She's a waitress, of course. The one with the beard? If you knew how he keeps body and soul together your hair would stand on end."
The Actors are called upon to portray a range of characters in the different stories, sometimes cross-gender and cross-age (eg a 65 year old man playing an 18 year old woman or vice versa). The Actors are not classically good-looking and they need not be specifically male or female.
If you have a strong stage presence, a willingness to explore the wider realms of human experience, and an ability to work with many others, come join us to create this multi-levelled tale that will amuse, challenge and bedazzle the audience. Send a headshot and cv to the email address below.
Crew: We will be looking for stage manager, costume and set designers in early 2020. Email us now to register your interest.
This production intends to pay cast and crew but no guarantee can be made until early Spring when funding has been secured.
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