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 WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
IN ASSOCIATION WITH talkingSCARLET PRESENT
Adapted by Paul Allen
From the screenplay by Mark Herman

 

 COMMUNITY AUDITIONS

Based on a true story, BRASSED OFF is a funny and life-affirming tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity. It’s 1992 and Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead Grimley Colliery Band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall looks like it might finally happen. But as Grimley pit faces closure, the future looks bleak as the town is thrown into conflict.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is producing BRASSED OFF for performances between Wednesday 23 August - Saturday 2 September 2017. Rehearsals will begin week commencing 31 July 2017 in Wolverhampton. The roles outlined below are being cast from the community to work alongside professional actors.

Auditions will be held at Newhampton Arts Centre on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April.

You may be required to attend both audition days and you will be required to attend all rehearsals you are called for within the rehearsal period. You must also be available for all performances.

Please complete and return this form, alongside a headshot if possible, to casting@grandtheatre.co.uk by 17/03/2017. You will then be contacted shortly after this date with further audition information.

 

JIM and HARRY

Working Class Yorkshire Miners in their 40’s, both members of the local Miners Brass Band in their spare time. Best friends at work, at the pit and socially in the Brass Band and down the pub.

JIM is a member of the local Miners Brass Band. Stocky, manual pit worker (Jim smaller than Harry). The actor playing Jim must be able to handle comedy well as he and Harry both enjoy a close, jokey relationship with one another. Jim plays the Euphonium in the Band. Whilst it’s NOT ESSENTIAL for the actor to play the instrument, should they be able to (or have a knowledge of handling musical instruments) it could be advantageous.

Auditionees should download script extracts Act 1 Scene 1 Pages 9 - 10, Act 1 Scene 4 Pages 31 - 32, and Act 2 Scene 6 Pages 37 - 38

HARRY is a member of the local Miners Brass Band. Stocky, manual pit worker (Harry bigger than Jim). The actor playing Jim must be able to handle comedy well as he and Harry both enjoy a close, jokey relationship with one another. Harry plays the Tuba. Whilst it’s NOT ESSENTIAL for the actor to play the instrument, should they be able to (or have a knowledge of handling musical instruments) it could be advantageous.

Auditionees should download script extracts Act 1 Scene 1 Pages 9 - 10, Act 1 Scene 4 Pages 31 - 32, and Act 2 Scene 6 Pages 37 - 38

 

VERA and RITA

Best friends and wives of Jim and Harry, also in their 40’s. Strong characters, not shy. Confident and good natured. Also must be able to handle comedy well as they enjoy a jokey relationship with each other and with their husbands.

RITA is the more ‘militant’ of the two. She’s an active member in the community’s support for the Miners Union against Pit closures and leads the local ‘Women Against Pit Closures’ picketing group.

VERA works in the local supermarket. Not as politically active as Rita, and at times feels guilty about this. More interested in shopping at IKEA than taking part in Rita’s picket line.

Auditionees should download script extracts Act 1 Scene 4 Pages 9 - 10, Act 1 Scene 4 Pages 31 - 32, Act 2 Scene 6 Pages 37 - 38

 

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We are also looking for children (aged 7-9) to play the parts of Andy and Sandra’s young children (CRAIG and MELODY). There is no dialogue but they are important roles nevertheless.

Also, the production requires a Supporting Cast (Male and Female of mixed ages) from the West Midlands community to play assorted roles such as Miner’s Wives on the picket line, Male Bailiffs and Miners.

 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has express permission from Samuel French Ltd to use script extracts from BRASSED OFF for audition preparation purposes only. The script extracts must not be reproduced for any other purpose. Please visit the Samuel French website to purchase the playtext in its entirety.

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