Celebrating Dickens’ Bicentenary in Portsmouth
Alchemy Theatre’s production in association with the Kings Theatre
of Charles Dickens’
‘BARNABY RUDGE’- A TALE OF THE GORDON RIOTS
Adapted and directed by Eileen Warren Norris
9th – 11th August 2012
A large cast is required for this story of the burning of London in 1780 – at least 23 main parts and 20/30 more (many with small speaking parts), as well as a backstage crew. We also need some older people! (Sorry! Minimum age 16)
Where: The Menuhin Room, 3rd Floor, Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth
Dates: Saturday 22nd October & Saturday 29th October
Time: Both days - Registration from 10.15 am. Allow at least 3 hours. Take part in drama workshops. Hear the story. Please bring a photograph of yourself. Come comfortably dressed.
(Call back auditions at The Kings Theatre on Sunday, 20th November, 9 am – 12 noon. Please keep that date clear)
Rehearsals will be from mid-June 2012.
The production will be performed before the International Conference of the Dickens’ Fellowship hosted by the Birthplace and University Branches
After the riots in many English cities this year, this early book of Dickens’ reveals him as surprisingly up to date! ‘Barnaby Rudge’ tells of people, young and old, caught up in an orgy of vandalism and arson in the City of London in 1780. A petition to the House of Commons presented by 40,000 people was rejected out of hand. A mob took over, burning and looting. Jails were broken open and a quarter of the City was destroyed before the army was called in to deal with the rioters and many were hanged.
This is an entirely new script with many short scenes. There are opportunities to develop a wonderful gallery of Dickens’ characters, largely unknown to audiences and waiting to be enjoyed.
Some of our actors will be experienced – or aiming to be professional – but these auditions are open to everyone at any level of experience. Some people will be better at movement or singing. We need help with publicity and fundraising too. We aim to build a Company from the Community which extends across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be involved and are coming to an audition please let us know.
Phone: Amy Barlow: 023 92352555
Phone: Eileen Norris 023 92639774