The Real Inspector Hound
A brilliant and hilarious English play, by the genius Tom Stoppard. In this absurdist farce, two theatre critics, review a whodunnit. The play within the play opens with a body lying in an manor on a foggy afternoon. Soon there is a love triangle, a card game, a murder, and a bundle of over-the-top scenes. Throughout the show the one of the critics laments about always being the 2nd best critic, whilst the other shows a personal interest in the female actress’s on the stage. Through a series of events, the two critics become involved in events on stage, and what is real, and what is performance becomes blurred. As the twist of the play with the play’s murderer is revealed, several other twists are also revealed, making the audience question everything they saw from the beginning.
Moon – Male (could be female). 30s or 40s. A theatre critic, always living in the shadow of another critic, named Higgs.
Birdboot – Male. 30s or 40s. A theatre critic and a womaniser, who often has affairs with actresses, whilst married to myrtle.
Mrs Drudge – Female. 30s or 40s or 50s. Cockney accent. The maid of Muldoon Manor. Must have excellent comedic timing.
Simon Gascoyne – Male. 20s or 30s. Handsome. Simon has had affairs with both Felicity and Cynthia. He dies half way through the play, and returns as a theatre critic.
Felicity Cunningham – Female. 20s or 30s. An innocent, young friend of Cynthia’s who has had an affair with Simon (and Birdboot). She has a firey temper.
Cynthia Muldoon – Female. 20s or 30s. Beautiful and striking. A dramatic feme fatale arcetype. She has had an affair with Simon.
Major Magnus Muldoon – Male 30s or 40s. Canadian Accent. An always angry man, in a wheelchair for most of the show.
Inspector Hound – Male (could be female) 30s or 40s. A police officer coming to investigate the madman on the loose. Bouncy sherlock holmes type. Becomes a critic later in the show.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME
Please nominate the character that would like to audition for, and any preference for date or time. You will be asked to read the audition pieces with other hopefuls.
Tuesday 16th April, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Thursday 18th April 7:30 – 10:00pm
At Theatre on Chester Cnr. Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping
Rehearsals are held at Theatre on Chester
All Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm from April 30th plus additional rehearsals on 7th July and 14-17th July. A full rehearsal schedule will be given at the first reading.
Please advise us at the auditions if you have any prior commitments for rehearsal dates.
19, 20*, 21*, 24, 26, 27, 28*, 31 July and 2, 3*, 4*, 7, 9, 10 August
*performances are at 5pm all others are at 8pm. Cast required 1-hour prior.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The Theatre on Chester is at the corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping. The theatre is located in the Epping Uniting Church hall, please enter next to the church. The theatre is 5 minutes’ walk from Epping station and street parking outside the theatre is generally easy. Auditions and all rehearsals are held at the theatre.
Audition Times – please let us know your preference for an audition day and time when you book. If you have no preference, please let us know as this helps with timetabling.
Bring to the audition – Your CV, head shot, script and application form in hard copy.
Payment – The Theatre on Chester is a community theatre and as such none of the cast or crew are paid. You will however be rewarded with tea, coffee, biscuits, the occasional pizza and lots of rapturous applause!
Membership of the Theatre on Chester – Actors who are cast for the production will need to be members of the Theatre on Chester, $10 for a year.
Other commitments – Set building for the production will be on Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm. It is appreciated if cast members can give a few Saturdays to help with the set. On performance nights, cast members please stay for 5-10 minutes after the show to help the stage manager close up and the FOH team to pack chairs etc. Many hands make light work and then we can all get away at a reasonable time. The Tuesday evening following the final performance is set beak down, help from the cast is appreciated.
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