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Frankenstein
Frankenstein

by Nick Dear
Directed by Danny Waters

1st to 8th May 2021

Director: Danny Waters 07540 114090 dan@thecircus.uk.com

Audition Date: TBA

We have the exciting opportunity to present Nick Dear’s Frankenstein. This remarkable story from 18 year old Mary Shelley was written some 200 years ago and yet still to this day fascinates people both young and old.

I am a new director to the GWT, and I am from the local theatre group Masquerade. I am joining you to produce a stunning piece of ensemble and cinematic theatre. This period Gothic Horror play, set in the late 1700’s, will be dripping in all that is Steam Punk and will be a spectacular visual feast. The play is deeply dark and looks at the very human story of both Mary Shelley’s Creature and The Creature’s creator - Victor Frankenstein.

There are some fantastic opportunities here to showcase your design and technical talents; costume, wig and make-up, lighting and sound, set and prop construction are all the skills needed to deliver this epic and fantastical piece of period Gothic theatre.

For our actors there are two iconic leading roles. Frankenstein’s creature will be strong in stature and will need to be extremely physical in his animalistic and twisted movement. His speech will be equally challenging as we watch him develop and learn how to articulate throughout the play.

The character of Victor Frankenstein is complex, tormented and twisted and this actor needs to deliver and sustain a strong and enigmatic vocal and physical performance throughout.

Supporting and wrapping around these two central characters are some beautifully crafted supporting and cameo roles that make the play the powerhouse that it is. These integral roles form a superb ensemble team, and like a newly invented steam locomotive, will powerfully drive the play forward.

So climb on board this noisy, brutal, sensory, disturbing and very human play and discover just why Shelley’s infamous story has resonated with so many for so long.

Technical
I am planning an impressive multi-purpose set with many clever reveals throughout the play. All the transitions will be part of the performance and presented in full view of the audience as part of the play’s presentation. As our theme is period, dark gothic steam punk there will be a need to construct and make some impressive set scenes and props.

I like to direct in a cinematic way so all will be accompanied by an emotive sound-score and lighting plot. Costume will play a huge part in this and will be period but with a Steam Punk twist. It is likely that we will need a well-drilled crew to turn the scenes around and they will need to be costumed and form part of the strong ensemble team.

Rehearsals
A few rehearsals will only focus on the principal characters as they share some big scenes together but mostly rehearsals will be fun for all. I often incorporate ensemble cast members into scenes that you had no idea you were in and I like to build the stage picture where I can with additional characters (not just those scripted) to give depth and realism to the locality of a setting. Whilst this is a serious play, there will be a lot of fun in the rehearsal room creating the movement and clever transitions the production requires.

Please state on your audition slip whether you can play and handheld instruments competently. If you are auditioning for the part of The Creature or The Female please state if you are prepared to play this naked or part naked.

LEAD ROLES:
The Creature. Male. No age preference. Strong and physical. Vocally challenging. Requires some nudity (context: scientific, human form study, created naked)

Victor Frankenstein. Male. 30s. Dynamic. Charismatic. Physical. Vocally strong.

SUPPORTING ROLES:
De Lacey. Male. 50+. A blind man. Educates the creature. Knowledgeable.

Felix. Male. 30s. His son. Physically strong.

Agatha. Female. 20/30s. His daughter-in-law.

Elizabeth Lavenza. Female. 20/30s. Victor’s fiancée. Educated. Lead female role.

Monsieur Frankenstein. Male. 50+. Victor’s father.

CAMEO ROLES:
Gretel. Female. Teens/20s. A prostitute AND doubles as Clarice, Elizabeth’s maid.

Gustav. Male. Non age specific. A beggar AND doubles as Ewan*. 50s +. An Orkney Islander. Comedic role.

Klaus. Male. Non age specific. A beggar AND doubles as Rab*. 20s +. Ewan’s nephew. Comedic role. William Frankenstein. Male. A boy age 10 approx. Victor’s young brother. Well educated for his age. The Female Creature. Female. 20/30s. Non speaking. Requires a woman who is prepared to be naked (context: scientific, human form study). Opportunities for fully clothed ensemble roles also.

*Ewan and Rab require Scottish accents

Townspeople of Ingolstadt and Servants of the Frankenstein household

All cameo roles will also double as ensemble and make up the townspeople throughout.

AUDITION PIECES
Please do come along and audition for this exciting play. I am looking for an ensemble company that will embrace all that is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

LEAD ROLES:

The Creature. Male. No age preference. Strong and physical.

Vocally challenging. Requires some nudity (context: scientific, human form study, created naked)

Victor Frankenstein. Male. 30s. Dynamic. Charismatic. Physical. Vocally strong. Page 41-43 - Creature “Are you proud of me?” - Page 43 Creature “I am different...”

SUPPORTING ROLES:

De Lacey. Male. 50+. A blind man. Educates the creature. Knowledgeable.

(The Creature to be read in to support audition piece.)

Page 17 - Creature “White! What?...” - De Lacey “I know you do not do bad things. ”

Felix. Male. 30s. His son. Physically strong.

Agatha. Female. 20/30s. His daughter-in-law.

Page 19-20 - Felix “Agatha - look what I have found!” - Page 20 Agatha “There is no one there ”

Elizabeth Lavenza. Female. 20/30s. Victor’s fiancée. Educated. Intelligent.

(Victor to be read in to support audition piece.)

Page 48-49 - Elizabeth “Oh, please, take me with you!...” - page 49 Elizabeth “Then just kiss me”

Monsieur Frankenstein. Male. 50+. Victor’s father. Educated. Strong. Dominant.

Page 46 - M. Frankenstein “When your mother” - page 47 M. Frankenstein “Where has he gone?”

CAMEO ROLES:

Gretel. Female. Teens/20s or could be a more senior characterful woman. A prostitute AND may double as Clarice, Elizabeth’s maid. Characterful.

(Elizabeth to be read in to support audition piece.)

Page 64-65 - Clarice “You’ve done nothing wrong...” - page 65 Clarice “Goodnight mistress. ?”

Gustav. Male. Non age specific. A beggar AND may double as Ewan. 50s +. An Orkney Islander. Comedic role.

(Victor to be read in to support audition piece.)

Klaus. Male. Non age specific. A beggar AND may double as Rab. 20s +. Ewan’s nephew. Comedic role. Page 52-53 - Ewan “Is she in...” - page 53 Ewan “Quiet, Rab ?”

William Frankenstein. Male. A boy age 10 approx. Childlike but well educated. Victor’s younger brother.

(The Creature to read in to support audition piece.)

Page 29-30 - William “twenty-four, twenty-five...” - page 30 William “Great. ”

The Female Creature. Female. 20/30s. Non speaking. Requires a woman who is prepared to be naked (context: scientific, human form study). Opportunities for fully clothed ensemble roles also.

Page 54 - scene 28 for reference. No need to audition but inform director of your willingness to take on this role.

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