Speaking in Tongues
Character Descriptions & Show requirements:
Leon (M 30-45): Police officer who is married to Sonja but has an affair with Jane. Though appearing quite solid and steadfast, his self confidence suffers at times and therefore is dependent on Sonja’s more outgoing personality, though he is resentful of this fact.
Sonja (F 30s or 40s): Mother of two who is married to Leon, goes to have affair with Pete but doesn’t. Assertive and forthright and very self-confident. She gets frustrated with having to reassure her husbands ego and wants a man who is her equal.
Pete (M 25-40): Married to Jane, goes to have affair with Sonja but doesn’t. Is frustrated by Jane’s dependence on him, but is equally attracted to her fragility. Although he doesn’t cheat on Jane, he feels incredibly guilty about his actions. Is somewhat hot headed and quick to anger.
Jane (F 25-40): Married to Pete, has affair with Leon. Fragile and dependent on Pete, she seeks reassurance from others. Jane is sensitive and intuitive and suffers from self-doubt, holds an average job and has no children.
Nick (M 25-40): is being interviewed by the police about giving Valerie an ill fated lift home. He is currently unemployed, somewhat depressed and has escalating tensions within his marriage.
Neil (M 25-40): is writing letters to Sarah, his former lover whom he has never gotten over. He is obsessive and has allowed her unexplained abandonment to be a permeating cornerstone of his existence.
Sarah (F 25-40): Is seeing her psychologist about her problems with commitment. Self serving and void of accepting responsibility.
Valerie (F 35–50): is calling from a phone box whilst stranded at night. She accepts a lift from a stranger and never makes it home. She is Sarah’s psychologist who is struggling with issues she is having both at work and within her marriage.
John (M 35–50): (to be doubled with either Pete or Nick) is Valerie’s husband and is having an affair with Sarah. Is conflicted about his marriage and his role within it.
This production of Speaking in Tongues will utilize 8 actors who will each have a singular role (except for John which will be doubled with another role), and will also function as an ensemble for the section/s where their role does not feature. Therefore all cast will be onstage for the entire duration of the play.
The ensemble will serve to move the multifunctional set, create the ‘soundscape’ of the play, as well as creating visual vignettes and interacting with the action. Therefore we are looking to cast actors who enjoy creating collaboratively, enjoy working with movement/physicality, and enjoy working with voice (one singer would be also be of great benefit). NB You do not have to be proficient in all of these areas but will need a willingness to explore them.
There is opportunity to be an ensemble member only if interested.
Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues is a play about the rights and wrongs of emotional conduct and marital infidelity. Featuring multiple narratives, Speaking in Tongues explores how intimate bonds are broken while new ones are formed between strangers.
Comprising of three parts, the play begins with two married couples (Pete and Jane, and Leon and Sonja) embarking on one-night stands: Pete with Sonja, and Leon with Jane. Although Leon and Jane carry through with the infidelity where Pete and Sonja don’t, both couples echo each others’ dialogue.
Parts two and three introduce a new set of characters (some connected with the previous characters); Neil, Sarah, Valerie, Nick and John. These characters, presented through a change in format, cohabit the stage together, but largely exist within their own narratives.
Auditions & Rehearsals held at Fleigner Hall (Highland ave Oakleigh East, Vic)
Performances at Clayton Community Centre
Performance dates: 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th October
Please contact Louise on 0416 777 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book an audition.