Open Auditions for ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ – 12th-14th November 2019

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OPEN AUDITIONS FOR THE EXMOUTH PLAYERS PRODUCTION OF ‘BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT’, A PLAY BY JEFFREY ARCHER 

The Exmouth Players are holding open auditions, open to you all regardless of whether you are a member or non-member of The Exmouth Players and age.  It doesn’t matter whether you have acted before or not, or have any experience of performing on stage.  Just come along and enjoy the fun and experience of it all.

These auditions will be taking place at The Blackmore Theatre, Bicton Street, Exmouth, EX8 2RU at 7pm on the 12th, 13th & 14th November 2019.

Following on from our success with the courtroom drama ‘Rough Justice’ in 2017 when we won the NODA South West ‘Best Drama’ Cup, we felt it was about time for another courtroom drama.  ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ by Jeffrey Archer ran in London’s West End from September 1987 for over 600 performances.

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

 Performance Dates & Times

Performances will commence on Mon 24th February and run through to Sat 29th February 2020

Monday 24th – Friday 28th February at 7.30pm

Saturday 29th February at 2.30pm

Note: You must be available for all the performance dates and times above.

 

Open Auditions

Tues 12th, Wed 13th & Thurs 14th November 2019 at 7.00pm at The Blackmore Theatre

Note:  Please ensure you are at The Blackmore by the time(s) mentioned above (depending on which of these you are able to attend – please see note below if you are unable to attend any of these dates).

 

Rehearsals

These will commence on 6th Jan 2020 and will take place from 7.15pm-9.45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at The Blackmore Theatre (unless notified to the contrary).

The Director will endeavour to schedule sections for rehearsals so as to avoid calling any people unnecessarily.

First Technical Rehearsal:  Mon 17th February 2020

Technical & Dress Rehearsal:  Tues 18th February 2020

Dress Rehearsal:  Thurs 20th February 2020

Polishing ‘bits’ and top and tail sound and lighting cues rehearsal:  Sat 22nd February 2020 at 2.30pm

 

Scripts

Scripts are now available on a loan and return basis at The Blackmore Theatre between 7.30pm and 9.00pm on most Fridays. 

They will also be available on Saturday, 12th Oct 2019 during our Coffee Morning between 9.30am and 12.00 Noon.

As we only have a limited supply, please ensure you quickly read and return the script you have borrowed, as they may be others waiting for sight of the same.

PLEASE NOTE:  All scripts must be returned to the Theatre by 12th November 2019 at the very latest.

POLITE REQUEST:  If you do borrow a script to read and/or are cast or involved in the production in any way, please do not reveal the outcome of the verdict or the ending of the play to anyone outside the production.

 

Director’s Notes

If you are interested in auditioning for any of the characters in this production but are unable to attend any of the audition dates and/or at the times mentioned above, then please contact us at trevor.brice@blackmoretheatre.co.uk leaving your name and contact details.  Your information will be passed on to our Director (below) who will then contact you.  He will try and fit you in at a different time, if possible.

Those cast in the production should aim to be pretty much scripts down by the first rehearsal.  However, scripts can be in hand for the first few rehearsals each of the cast attend in order to make notes.

At times during Act II voice-over recordings are heard of sections of dialogue spoken during the trial.  These will be pre-recorded towards the end of the rehearsal period.

The Director is looking forward to having as many people as possible auditioning for what should be an enjoyable production that will be popular with audiences and well received.

 

Director: Ray Virr

 

Registration of Your Interest for Open Audition Purposes

For the purposes of these Open Auditions, it would assist us if you would please contact trevor.brice@blackmoretheatre.co.uk leaving your name, contact details, age along with details of the character/characters you wish to audition for and which of the audition dates you aim to attend, prior to the 12th November 2019.  This information will then be passed on to the Director.

  However, we are fairly relaxed about this if you are undecided whether to audition until any of the actual audition dates and just turn up.  You will be more than welcome. 

 

Synopsis

Accused of the wilful murder of his terminally ill wife, Sir David Metcalfe QC (also Chairman of The Bar Council) conducts his own defence and finds himself locked in legal combat with is old rival, Sir Anthony Blair-Booth QC.  After a tense and gripping courtroom scene, Act I (set in the Central Criminal Court at The Old Bailey) ends just as the audience are about to hear the jury’s verdict.  Act II (set in the living room of the home of Sir David and Lady Metcalfe in Wimbledon) takes us back in time over 4 scenes from 9 months before the trial up to the night Lady Metcalfe dies, and then forward in time to a fifth scene which takes place two weeks after the trial.

The production will be set in the present day.

 

Characters

The play is written for a cast of 11 male actors and 3 female actors, but some of the male characters could be turned into female characters with a minor change to their name etc.  The Character list below indicates where this is possible. 

Character ages are flexible within reasonable limits for the character(s) concerned. 

COURT USHER: Male or Female – A few lines in Act I (swears in each witness and a few lines at the end of Act II)
CLERK OF THE COURT: Male or Female – A couple of lines in Act I
MR JUSTICE TREDWELL: Male or Female – A medium size part with two longish speeches to the jury and a few interjections during the trial in Act I.  Competent and in control – dry sense of humour.
SIR ANTHONY BLAIR-BOOTH QC Male – Counsel for the prosecution – A large part in Act I only (other than voice-over recordings heard in Act II) with a couple of long speeches and lots of lines in between.  It may be possible to have some notes written in a barrister’s notebook, but it is advisable not to rely on them.

Well educated at Harrow, Christchurch and Lincoln’s Inn.  An old adversary of Sir David Metcalfe.  Sir Anthony Blair-Booth was a year ahead of Sir David Metcalfe at Oxford and never forgave him for winning the hand of Millicent (Lady Metcalfe) to whom he had proposed the summer before.

DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR TRAVERS: Male or Female – A small/medium part in Act I only.  A senior detective in the serious crime squad.  However, he doesn’t come across as being particularly competent – he was daunted by the prospect of arresting the Chairman of The Bar Council and didn’t inform Sir David Metcalfe of his rights.
SIR DAVID METCALFE QC: Male – A very large part – a lot of lines.  Born and brought up in Cardiff.  Sir David Metcalfe’s father was a counter clerk in a building society.  The father died and left Sir David to be brought up by his mother.  He attended Cardiff Grammar School and then Jesus College, Oxford.  Subsequently, Sir David attended the Inner Temple.  Now a well-respected and talented QC, Sir David mostly defends big criminal cases.  Playful with a sense of humour.  An ability for the character to slip back into a Welsh accent is essential, especially when Sir Davd quotes long (beautiful) passages of Dylan Thomas from ‘Under Mill Wood’.
PRISON OFFICER: Male or Female – A non-speaking character in Act I  (it is possible we could do without this character if no one wishes to play the part).
MRS ROGERS: Female – A medium part appearing in Acts I and II.  Housekeeper to the Metcalfes for the past seven years and has lived in their house for the past three years since her husband deserted her.  Mrs Rogers is very fond of and loyal to Lady Metcalfe – she doesn’t like Sir David (or men generally having been deserted) at all!  Mrs Rogers genuinely believes that the evidence she gives in court is the truth.
DR WEEDEN: Male or Female – A small part in Act I only.  He/she is a family doctor to the Metcalfes and has been for the past 17 years and a friend of both.  The doctor gives evidence at the trial.
 LIONEL HAMILTON:  Male – A large part appearing in Acts I and II.  A well spoken, witty, confirmed bachelor – longstanding good friend of the Metcalfes.  He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court and a senior partner at Hamilton, Grey & Co, solicitors to the Metcalfes.  Lionel gives evidence at the trial as well as appearing In Act II in the scenes leading up to and after the trial.
 MR COLE:  Male or Female – A very small part.  He/she is Junior Counsel for the Crown.  One or two lines in Act I only.  He/she assists Sir Anthony Blair-Booth QC with items of evidence.
 MR ROBERT PIERSON:  Male or Female, but preferably Male – A medium part.  He/she is Junior Counsel with Sir David Metcalfe.  He/she appears in Act I (undertakes the questioning of Sir David for the Defence) and again in Act II attending a pre-trial dinner at the Metcalfes home along with Lionel Hamilton some 9 months before the events in question.  This character has a pleasant manner and is competent and talented – on track to become a QC.
 LADY MILLICENT METCALFE:  Female – A large part in Act II only.  Well educated, charming, good sense of humour and wealthy in her own right.  Met Sir David at University (having previously had a minor fling with Sir Anthony Blair-Booth), and has been married for 28 years.  This character was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph glands 14 months ago – she is now in considerable and ongoing pain with a poor prognosis.  Lady Millicent is taking strong medication Cyclotoxelix – one tablet once a week plus sleeping tablets as required.  She tries to put on a brave face.

FOREMAN OF THE JURY:   This may be one of our Members or the Director sitting in the audience and standing briefly at the end of Act I.

MEMBERS OF THE JURY:   The Audience.

 

This amateur production of “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.

 

For all Enquiries, please contact trevor.brice@blackmoretheatre.co.uk

Events

November 12, 2019
7:00 pm
The Blackmore Theatre
Exmouth
November 13, 2019
7:00 pm
The Blackmore Theatre
Exmouth
November 14, 2019
7:00 pm
The Blackmore Theatre
Exmouth