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Auditions for Punch & Judy - The Real Story

When:

Sun 9 Apr 2017, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: traceyholdsworth

A black comedy by Debbie Isitt.
Directed by: Ian Milnes

Punch & Judy: the Real Story has been described as the funniest play about domestic violence ever written. To say it’s a black comedy is probably a bit of an understatement. Punch & Judy, often associated with traditional British seaside culture (along with sunburn and knotted handkerchiefs), is usually a violent puppet show with Mr. Punch gleefully beating a variety of characters with a stick most often his wife, Judy. Hmm, it doesn’t sound that funny when you write it down. It’s this dilemma laughing at something horrendous (the very definition of black comedy) that Debbie Isitt mines for all it's worth in her confronting and violently amusing play.

So...

I’m looking for two actors, one male, one female to play Mr. Punch and his wife Judy: Somewhere in the 30s to 50s age range. Must be comfortable with physical theatre. (I won’t require the actors to really beat each other with sticks, although if they’re willing.) Must be willing to improvise and innovate.

Please prepare a section of your choice to read (there will be someone to read against you) and be ready to read against other auditionees. I am happy to provide guidance if you can’t decide! I’m not looking for caricature but a “heightened reality” type of style.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30pm to 10pm, and Sundays probably evenings (to be decided) commencing Tuesday, April 18.

Public performances are Wednesday 31 May to Saturday 3 June at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday 3 June.

Please feel free to contact Director Ian Milnes for more information:
Phone - 0279 376 832
Email - Ian.milnes@outlook.com

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