LOOT
Adelaide Repertory Theatre

Written By: Joe Orton
Directed By: AJ Bartley

Joe Orton was a working-class, gay playwright whose outrageous black comedies scandalised theatre audiences in the 1960s....right up until 1967 when he was bludgeoned to death by his lover...with a hammer!

'Loot' is an extremely dark farce which satirises the Roman Catholic Church, social attitudes to death, and the integrity of the police force and was Orton's third major production.

The play follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Hal and Dennis. Together they rob the bank next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works and return to Hal's home to hide the money. Hal's mother has just died and the money is hidden in her coffin while her body keeps on appearing around the house. Upon the arrival of Inspector Truscott the plot turns topsy turvy as Hal and Dennis try to keep him off their trail.

Roles Available:
Hal- a young man and thief (stage age 20-28).

Mrs. Mcleavy - mother to Hal, recently deceased; a corpse (stage age 30-50).

Mr. Mcleavy - father to Hal, husband to the late Mrs Mcleavy (stage age 65-75).

Dennis - another young man who works at a funeral home—possibly Hal's lover—also a thief (stage age 23-30).

Fay - a nurse, Charged with caring for the late Mrs Mcleavy, Fay has been married seven times and each of her husband's has died under strange circumstances (stage age 35-45).

Inspector Truscott - the brilliant detective come to solve the case (stage age 45-65).

Meadows - a police officer assisting Inspector Truscott (stage age 30-35).

The characters in this play are uncomplicated, but each reveals sides of themselves meant to show them as hypocrites (except for the "real" criminals: Hal and Dennis).

Meadows, a minor character, is meant mainly to help show the corruption and basic ineptitude of the police force, but Truscott does most of the heavy lifting in that regard.

The only character without lines is the corpse (Mrs. McCleavy), but her role is an important one and in some productions she is played by an actor. Since the corpse is much abused, the role is better suited to a live person rather than a dummy stand-in, so the audience gets the full impact of the body being treated disrespectfully.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals TBC but will start in February. Rehearsals take place at the ARTS Theatre.

Performances:
7-9 & 20-23 April 2022 (break for Easter)

7:30pm night performances with a matinee at 2pm on 23 April

Venue:
ARTS Theatre

Auditions:
Saturday 31 July 2021 - appointments available from 9am-5pm (spots are limited and are booking quickly). We will send you a scene from the play for the audition. Please notify if you’d like a morning or afternoon audition slot and what character
/s you’re auditioning for.

Venue:
ARTS Theatre rehearsal room (53 Angas Street, Adelaide)

More Information:
Contact Laura by email at playreading@adelaiderep.com

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
University of Adelaide Theatre Guild Student Society

Written By: Oscar Wilde
Directed By: Saphron Giannos

Oscar Wilde's audacious drama of social scandal centres around the revelation of Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret. A house party is in full swing at Lady Hunstanton's country home, when it is announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed secretary to the sophisticated, witty Lord Illingworth. Gerald's mother stands in the way of his appointment, but fears to tell him why, for who will believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance?

Roles Available:
Characters are listed in order of stage time. All characters speak in high English accents, except Hester Worsley, who is Bostonian. Accents at auditions are preferred but not necessary.

Lord Illingworth (male, 172 cues). A charming, narcissistic bureaucrat with abrasive views on women and society at large. Takes Gerald under his wing.

Mrs. Rachel Arbuthnot (female, 139 cues). A loving, firm mother to Gerald, harbouring a secret about Lord Illingworth which sets off the events of the play.
Mrs. Allonby (female, 123 cues). Stuffy, conservative aristocrat, happily domesticated, believes men should be at the service of women.

Gerald Arbuthnot (male, 115 cues). A career-driven young man in his early-20s,
impressionable and naive.

Lady Jane Hunstanton (female, 110 cues). The owner of the estate on which the action takes place. Similar to Mrs. Allonby.

Lady Caroline Pontefract (female, 68 cues). Stuffy, conservative aristocrat, quite happy telling others how to live their lives.

Miss Hester Worsley (female, 56 cues). An American visitor with modern views about gender and marriage. Contemptuous of the English and their outdated morals.

Lady Stutfield (male, 53 cues). Similar to Mrs. Allonby.

Mr. Kelvil (male, 25 cues). A Puritanical member of parliament, pseudo-intellectual.
Sir John Pontefract (male, 8 cues). Lady Caroline’s husband, bossed around. Spends a large amount of time in the background.

The Archdeacon (male, 10 cues). Spends a large amount of time in the background.

Lord Alfred Rufford (male, 3 cues). Spends a large amount of time in the background.

Alice, the maid (female, 3 cues). Spends a large amount of time in the background, tending to the needs of the drawing room.

Francis, the footman (male, 2 cues). Spends a large amount of time in the background, tending to the needs of the drawing room.

Farquhar, the butler (male, 1 cue). Spends a large amount of time in the background, tending to the needs of the drawing room.

Rehearsals:
Wednesday: 22, 29 September; 6, 13, 20 October; 3 November [6pm - 9pm]
Saturday: 25 September; 2, 9, 16, 23 October; 6 November [10am - 4pm]
Tech week: TBC

Please note there are no rehearsals on the week starting October 25

Performances:
Evening: November 11, 12, 13 [7.30pm]
Matinee: November 13 [2pm]

Venue:
Little Theatre, The Cloisters, University of Adelaide

Information Night:
Please email uatgstudentsociety@clubs.auu.org.au to receive a detailed Audition Notice with further information.

While preference is given to current University of Adelaide students, all actors are welcome to audition provided they are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution or graduated in Semester 1 of the 2021 academic year.

Auditions:
Saturday 31 July & Sunday 1 August, 10am - 5pm

Venue:
Rumours Cafe, Level 6 Union House, University of Adelaide

More Information:
Contact Ivan Jankovic on 0422 013 923 or email uatgstudentsociety@clubs.auu.org.au

TUCK EVERLASTING - TYA MUSICAL THEATRE
Ink Pot Arts Inc

Written By: Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Directed By: Daniel Hamilton

What would you do if you had all eternity?
Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the mystery behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her
adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

CRITIC’S PICK! “Tuck startles with its emotional resonance and theatrical force! […] A warm-spirited and piercingly touching musical!” – The New York Times

Roles Available:
  • Winifred "Winnie" Foster – The novel's protagonist, she is 11 years old when the novel begins and lives in Treegap, New Hampshire. Her family is the oldest family in Treegap. She grows to love the Tuck family and has a crush on Jesse Tuck. (Soprano)

  • Angus Tuck – The father of the Tuck children, he dislikes his immortality and dreams of dying and going to heaven. (Tenor)

  • Mae Tuck – The mother of the Tuck children, married to Angus. She is happy with her lifestyle wearing old clothes and living in a messy house. (Mezzo Soprano)

  • Jesse Tuck – The youngest in his family, Jesse is 104 years old but physically appears to be seventeen. Though he enjoys immortality, he is lonely, so he asks Winnie to drink the water when she is 17 so she can marry him. (Tenor)

  • Miles Tuck – Appearing to be 22 years old, Miles is the older brother of Jesse and the son of Angus and Mae. He is trained as a carpenter and blacksmith. His wife divorced him because she believed that he must have sold his soul to the devil to have maintained his youthful appearance after they had been married for almost 20 years. (Tenor, Baritone)

  • The Man In The Yellow Suit/Joshua Smith - The main antagonist of the story, he attempts to find Winnie, and return her in exchange for the woods. When he tries to retrieve Winnie, Mae hits him with the end of a gun, and he dies the next day of his injuries. (Tenor)

  • Constable Joe (Tenor)

  • Betsy Foster (Mezzo Soprano)

  • Nana (Alto)

  • Hugo - accompanies Constable Joe (Tenor)


  • Ensemble roles also available.


    Rehearsals:
    Thursdays 5-7pm during Terms 3-4 2021, starting Thursday 22nd July for Term Three.

    Jan 17 - 21st 2022 9am - 1pm for rehearsal intensive
    Some Saturday rehearsals in February 2022

    Performances:
    Saturday 26th February, 7pm
    Saturday 5th March, 7pm
    Sunday 6th March, 2pm

    Venue:
    The Living Arts Centre, Mount Barker Waldorf School
    27 Sims Road, Mount Barker 5251

    Information Night:
    For more information ring Artistic Director Jo-anne on 0429 673 327.

    Auditions:
    Sunday 1st August 2021, times tbc on application.

    Venue:
    Mount Barker Town Hall
    34-38 Gawler Street
    Mount Barker SA 5251

    More Information:
    Contact Jo-anne Sarre on +61429673327 or email quill@inkpot.com.au

    THE PRIVATE SECRETARY
    Blackwood Players Inc

    Written By: Charles Hawtrey
    Directed By: Damien White

    Douglas Cattermole is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary problem. His aunt is paying his way through Uni on the requirement that he is misspending his youth and sowing his wild oats. The only problem is, he hasn’t sown any! When his aunt, who was safely tucked away in Malaya, decides to come and check up on him, he legs it to the country house of a friend, disguised as a private secretary. When his aunt and the real private secretary show up, and he inadvertently falls in love, the stage is set for a comedy of manners combined with a comedy of errors! The play is set in England in the swinging 60s

    Roles Available:
    Douglas Cattermole
    Male, 20s Student at university, quiet. Gets taken out of his comfort zone and panics. Upper class English accent. Strong physical humour.

    Mrs Stead
    Female, 40+ Douglas’ landlady. Protective of Douglas. Cockney accent.

    Sydney Gibson
    Male, 40+. A tailor who aspires to greater things. Very flashy and flamboyant, but also manipulative. Fake upper-class accent, revealed to be cockney under pressure. Drunk acting required.

    Harry Marsland
    Male, 20s Douglas’ friend, a hell raiser and thorough bad influence. Upper class English accent.

    Mr Spalding
    Male, 20s A private secretary. Quiet and studious, he has been thrown into a nightmare world very far removed from what he has known. Spends most of his time being bewildered. No particular accent.

    Mrs Cattermole
    Female, 40+. Loud, rude, pushy and arrogant. Has spent the last 20 years on a plantation in Malaya ordering servants around. Upper class English accent.

    Miss Ashford
    Female, 40+. Mrs Marsland’s chief cook and bottle washer. Very prim and proper when working, but outside this becomes a man-hungry hippie chick. West Coast American accent.

    Mrs Marsland:
    Female, 40+. Harry’s aunt, a very prim and proper English lady of the countryside. Upper class British accent.

    Miss Edith
    Female, 20s. Mrs Marsland’s daughter. Confident with the household but shy around strangers. Upper class English accent.

    Miss Eva
    Female, 20s. Edith’s friend. Shy and retiring, but has a rebellious streak. Upper class English accent.

    Rehearsals:
    Tuesday Evenings 7:30 pm till 10:00 pm.
    Sunday Evenings 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.
    Rehearsals commence on the week of the 24 of August through to 2 November.

    Performances:
    Friday 5, 12 and 19 November
    Saturday 6, 13, and 20 November

    Venue:
    Blackwood Memorial Hall, 21 Coromandel Parade Blackwood

    Information Night:
    Information packs will be provided when Auditions are booked.

    Auditions:
    Auditions
    Sunday 1 August 6 till 8 pm
    Sunday 8 August 6 till 8 pm

    Venue:
    Blackwood Memorial Hall, 21 Coromandel Parade Blackwood

    More Information:
    Contact Michelle Maclean on NA or email blackwood.players@gmail.com