The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
Director: Bruce Akers
Production Coordinator: Peter Newling
Season dates: September 7-23
Sunday 2 July 10.00 am to 12.00pm
Monday 3 July 7.00-10.00pm
Rehearsal days will be:
Tuesday and Thursday 7:00pm- 10:30pm
Friday as required
Sunday 1:00pm- 6:00pm
Auditions by appointment only:
Until 2 May, contact Peter Newling, firstname.lastname@example.org
From 3 May, contact Bruce Akers, email@example.com or 0432 984 781
Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre, 2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown
- Auditionees are to bring a filled in audition form downloaded from www.wlt.org.au/auditions and a non returnable headshot.
- Scripts will be available at the theatre 30 minutes prior to each audition.
- Accents: East coast Irish English, specifically North Dublin. Auditionees should attempt an accent at the audition. We will use a dialogue coach at the beginning of the rehearsal period. Guides to this accent are easily found on the internet.
It is Christmas Eve in Baldoyle, a coastal suburb north of Dublin. James “Sharky” Harkin, erstwhile fisherman/van driver/ chauffeur, finds himself reluctantly hosting old friends at the dingy house he shares with his brother, Richard, who has recently gone blind.
A source of early conflict stems from Richard inviting Nicky Gilbin – Sharky’s rival for his ex-wife – to join the men for a “friendly” game of poker. Trusted ally, Ivan, is to make up the numbers. Nicky unexpectedly arrives with the mysterious Mr. Lockhart, a man of refined appearance. A lot of booze and card playing carry the men into
Christmas Day, when Sharky must face up to the grim promise he made decades ago.
Please note: the ages are indicative only
James “Sharky” Harkin. Forties/ Fifties.
Fisherman/van driver/chauffeur. Aiming to get through the Christmas period alcohol-free. His brother’s carer. “A very tough life is etched on his face”. Visibly showing the effects of a recent bar fight.
Richard Harkin. Fifties/ Sixties.
Sharky’s older brother, recently gone blind. Unshaven, alcoholic, argumentative.
Loves a drink and a card game. Sociable but constantly at odds with Sharky. The brothers have a wholly disfunctional, passive- aggressive relationship.
Ivan Curry. Forties/ Fifties.
An old friend of the brothers. Big, burly man. Naturally friendly, a follower, always losing his glasses.
Nicky Gilbin. Forties/ Fifties.
A friend of Richard. Rival of Sharky for the affections of Sharky’s ex-wife. Nervy, skinny, gregarious.
Mr Lockhart. Fifties.
Commanding nature. Game player. Mysterious. A man of refined appearance. Elegantly dressed but can be frightening once the façade is dropped.