FEN

by Caryl Churchill

directed by Ian Amos

 

AUDITION DATES: Tues 30 July  7 - 10pm and Sat 4 August  11am - 4pm

Recalls - Saturday 10 August 12 - 4pm

Production dates: Fri 1 to Sat 7 November

Rehearsals: from 1 September

FEN follows the harsh lives of women working on the land in the East Anglian fens, their domestic and social lives, and mostly unattainable aspirations: It’s a tough play, but punctuated with moments of humour. Set in the early 1980s, the play is coloured with the direct quotes and direct experiences of local people that Churchill and the Joint Stock Theatre Company had interviewed.

In casting FEN the aim is to create an ensemble cast. It is likely that I will have a cast of 4 to 6 women (the women as a group will probably cover a wide age range from 20 to 65+)

and 1 or 2 men (I will either cast ONE man probably early 30s but able to play older or TWO men 1 x early 30s, 1 x mid 40s +). Most will play a number of parts. There are parts from young children to a 90 year old woman so an ability to create a number of contrasting strongly defined characters is essential. It is likely (but not certain) that VAL, a character that runs through the whole play, will be played by one actress and she will play no other parts.

To give you an idea of the sheer variety of the characters:

A JAPANESE BUSINESSMAN

MRS HASSETT                            45, gangmaster. Tough

SHIRLEY                                      50, never stops: works, runs the home for her husband (Geoffrey)

NELL                                            40, a proper character. Must be able to story tell. The children think she is a witch.

ANGELA                                      28, Works on land. Abuses her stepdaughter – but there is still a strange bond between them.

VAL                                              30, Works on the land. Torn between her children and her man (Frank)

FRANK                                         30, Farm worker. In love with Val

DEB (9)/Shona (6)                     Val’s daughters

BECKY                                         15, Angela’s step-daughter

MAY                                             60, Val’s mother. Looks after her children

MR TEWSON                             55, A farmer

MISS CADE                                 35, from the City

GHOST                                        a woman land worker from the 19th century

GEOFFREY                                  60, Shirley’s husband. Old school male

MRS FINCH                                40, the Baptist minister’s wife

MAVIS/MARGARET/ALICE      30s, part of Baptist meeting.

IVY                                               90, May’s mother

The auditions will take the form of preparing small scenes from the play in groups and then ‘presenting’ them. You do not need to learn these scenes – just be familiar with them. They will be emailed to you. Please bring a copy with you to work from– either printed off or on phone/tablet.

You might also to take a look/listen and these clips of Norfolk/East Anglia/Fenland accent – which is the territory we will be aiming for (but don’t worry if you don’t use them for the auditions):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2bHBmXXdJo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4YEVM1Tdbo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSkmAL9kTxI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKbK50YQIHk&list=PLP4O17wQPtKXaiy1CljlREu5CI8ikusUo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTVwdv9Pzo8      

Please email to let me know that you are coming to audition – and which date you’d like to attend (you only need to come to one of the two dates). If you are unable to make either of the audition dates but are still interested in being considered please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALL are welcome to audition for plays at NVT but if cast you will be required to be or become a member of NVT prior to rehearsals starting. Please note that NVT is an amateur theatre and that everyone works voluntarily on productions.

 

Ian Amos

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