by Moira Buffini
directed by Gerry McCrudden
Audition Venue: New Venture Theatre – Bedford Place, Brighton
Audition Dates; Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June - 10 am to 1 pm. Possible recalls on the Sunday afternoon
There will be a Cast read through on Wednesday 12 June. Rehearsals start in early July.
Performance dates: Friday 4 Oct until Saturday 12 Oct. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday 6 October.
1943. Guernsey . During the German occupation of the islands. A forgotten moment in British history. A young man, barely alive, is washed up on a Guernsey beach. Believing him to perhaps being an RAF pilot he is taken by the women of the Becquet family into their home and hidden. A dangerous and illicit action. As he recovers consciousness it is apparent that he is fluent in both English and German . But he has no recollection of who he is ; British pilot or German soldier? Or is he an innocent or madman - Saviour or dark Angel?
The bonds between the women in the Becquet household are complicated - not always easy and set within a community in crisis (the Occupation). The arrival of the young man stirs up all sorts of feelings and resentments. The presence of a newly arrived German officer on the Island and the emerging relationship between him and Jeanne Becquet complicates matters further.
''Gabriel'' explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again. The action builds to a tense and dramatic climax .
Characters (with approximate acting ages)
Jeanne Becquet (F) ; A collaborator 45/50
Estelle (F) ; her daughter Teens
Lily (F) ; her daughter in law mid 20s
Margaret Lake (F) ; her Housekeeper Late 50s plus
Von Pfunz (M) ; A Nazi officer Late 30s/early 40s
Gabriel (M) ; A lost man mid 20s
Both male roles will occasionally also speak some lines in German. So a knowledge or understanding of German could be useful, But do not let this deter you. There will be native German speakers on hand to help realise this element of the lines.
Script extracts will be distributed at the audition. We are also putting the crew in place so please let us know if you are also interested in learning backstage skills by shadowing the technical/creative team.