Mar 062017
 

Dionysus Theatre Proudly Presents
William Shakespeare’s
Macbeth

FRANKSTON
October 13-21, 2017
McClelland College Performing Arts Centre

Director – Emma Sproule

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
This is a well-known play and references online are abundant, however, this link below will facilitate familiarity with characters, synopsis and context.

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/

NOTE: this interpretation will explore the role of men in leadership as well as the challenges women face today in order to wield the same power as a man. Therefore, the roles of MACBETH, DUNCAN and MALCOLM will remain played by men but ALL OTHER ROLES will be played by women.

INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
Dionysus Theatre is an independent, not-for-profit company located near Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula. All artists are to audition for the show on the understanding that this is non-professional theatre.

AUDITION PROCESS
Each actor books in to a fifteen-minute time slot. They must have a single prepared Shakespearean monologue that reflects the character/s they wish to play. Any play except ‘Macbeth’.

There will also be some scenes provided on the day to read with company actors. Actors are encouraged to arrive fifteen minutes early to allow time to read over these first.

Callbacks, if required, will either be the Sunday, or early the following week.

AUDITION DATES
Saturday April 1st and Sunday April 2nd (if required) – 9:30am-5pm

AUDITION VENUE
McClelland College Performing Arts Centre, 26 Alexander Crescent, Karingal, 3199 – entry is off Karingal Drive. The suburb of Karingal is near Frankston, on the Mornington Peninsula.

HOW TO APPLY
Please contact the director Emma Sproule at emmalouisesproule@gmail.com to book your audition time.

ROLES OPEN FOR AUDITION:
All – no roles have been pre-cast.
ALL roles will be played by women, except Macbeth, Malcolm and Duncan

GENERAL PRODUCTION INFORMATION:

SYNOPSIS
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

INTERPRETATION
‘Behind every great man, there’s a great woman’

This work will explore the challenges women still face in attaining and maintaining positions of power and how leadership is still seen as a man’s role, requiring the traits associated with being a ‘strong male’ – traits not generally respected or tolerated from a woman in the same role. Men and women in leadership are also not assessed with the same criteria. Women can be seen as great and influential provided there stands a man in front of them to enact and, potentially, take credit for their ideas.

Hence the ‘triumvirate’ of official power holders throughout the play, Duncan, Macbeth and then finally Malcolm will be played by men but ALL OTHER CHARACTERS WILL BE PLAYED BY WOMEN.

PRODUCTION DATES
October 13-21, 8pm
5 performances in total

REHEARSAL DATES – DATES – TIMES
Two evenings per week with intermittent weekends. Evenings and weekends to be communicated once cast.

Tuesday and Thursday, however, are the likely rehearsal nights and times are usually 7:30-10:30pm.

Auditions, Rehearsals and Performances will all be at the same venue.

VICTORIAN DRAMA LEAGUE
This production is a Victorian Drama League awards entry.

http://www.theatrecraft.org.au/

DIONYSUS THEATRE
This information and more about our award-winning company can be found at www.dionysustheatre.com.au
as well as on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DionysusTheatre
– there is an event here for auditions, there may be updates posted over the coming months and watch for the audition booklet to be uploaded.

Type of production
Play

Company Name and Suburb
Dionysus Theatre

State
Victoria