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at Theatre on Chester - Sydney

AUDITIONS: Tuesday 31st July & Thursday 2nd August, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
at the Theatre on Chester, Chester St, Epping

By Carla Moore
This original and lively interpretation deals with Australia’s most surprising Prime Minister Alfred Deakin who stood comfortable in the same social democratic tradition as the Australian Labour Party, yet was also the Father of the modern Liberal Party. Deakin was a man surrounded by women who adored him; a man who believe in Ouija boards and mediums, yet ironically was afraid of the dark, a man who wrote poetry to his wife, yet was the architect of the White Australia Policy. This play questions ‘is Australia fair?’ and warns that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’

Alfred Deakin-Australia’s 2nd, 5th and 7th Prime Minister. 40-50
Vida Goldstein- a suffragette 35-40
Pattie Deakin -Deakin’s wife 40 ish
Catherine Deakin- his sister 50 ish
Sarah Deakin- Deakin’s mother 70+
Mrs Cohen/ Cemetery Guide – 40 ish
Ivy Deakin- eldest daughter / Phaedra – a young student in the present 20 ish
Vera Deakin- youngest daughter – teenager
Stella Deakin- middle daughter 20 ish

Please nominate the character that would like to audition for, and any preference for date or time.

Auditions will be approximately 15-20 minutes each. Where possible we will put groups of actors together to play out the scenes.
Memorising the script for the audition is not needed, but please be familiar with your character and the appropriate scenes.
Audition scenes and script excerpts will be sent on booking.

All Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7th August – 30th October. Sundays 21st and 28th October.

PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday 31st October – Saturday 24th November
31-Oct 8.00pm 2-Nov 8.00pm 3-Nov 5.00pm 4-Nov 5.00pm
7-Nov 8.00pm 9-Nov 8.00pm 10-Nov 8.00pm 11-Nov 5.00pm
14-Nov 8.00pm 16-Nov 8.00pm 17-Nov 5.00pm 18-Nov 5.00pm
21-Nov 8.00pm 23-Nov 8.00pm 24-Nov 8.00pm


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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Published 23-07-2018