Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
10 - 17 July 2021
Sat 7:45pm, Mon 7:45pm, Tue 7:45pm, Wed 7:45pm, Thu 7:45pm, Fri 7:45pm, Sat 2:45pm, Sat 7:45pm
"There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks one's self, 'Do trousers matter?'"
A delightfully bonkers play written by David and Robert Goodale, based on the on P.G. Wodehouse’s 1938 novel The Code of the Woosters, which premiered in 2013, and I am bringing it to the Lewes stage. Written for a cast of three, who play multiple roles, this adaptation is an inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act which will keep you laughing and breathless. As a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself! Will Bertie get caught with the policeman’s helmet again? Will Aunt Dahlia get her way and lead Bertie into trouble? How often will Jeeves save the day? And who is Seppings?
|Audition||Sat 16 November 2019||10:30am||foyer|
This will be a challenging and totally fun play for everyone involved. All three actors need to be physically capable as there will be a lot of rushing about, set and costume changes. Comic timing is key, as is the ability to switch between characters at speed. I’ll be going with a fairly traditional take on the characters with playing ages anywhere between late 20s and 40s for Jeeves and Wooster. Seppings could be played slightly older – 40-60 - so ample opportunity for anyone looking to audition.
The format for the morning will involve Improvisation without planning or preparation as well script work, those auditioning for Jeeves or Seppings will be asked to read one of the female roles and at least one other role from the list of characters.
I will be looking to start rehearsals in early January, keeping to two evenings to start, adding the 3rd rehearsal on either a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, (dependant on people’s availability).
Given the nature of the play its virtually impossible to rehearse without all three cast members present, therefore please bring any dates of non-availability including weekends to the audition.
Big Sunday rehearsals will be the 8th and 15th March – any person cast must be available on these dates, with full attendance from WC Monday 2nd March.
(Twenties to forties aged male). Impulsive and a little insane. Appears to possess little perceptive skill and even less common sense narrating the play as its being performed.
(Thirties to forties aged male). Reliable. Competent, Played with constant understatement and largely with a straight face. No matter of outward appearances, Jeeves always has Wooster's back.
Watkyn Bassett - A fuddy duddy judge with old-fashioned ideas. Easily outraged and offended.
Gussie Fink-Nottle - A little boy in a man's body. he speaks with a lisp and has very poor eyesight, fascinated by newts.
Madeline Bassett - “A droopy, soupy, sentimental exhibit, with melting eyes and a cooing voice.” She cannot pronounce her “r”s.
Stephanie ‘Stiffy’ Byng - Selfish, calculating and only out for number one.
(Forties aged male). Aunt Dahlia's butler - Sensible. Mature. Feigned modesty with a talent for impersonation. Also plays;
Aunt Dahlia - Loud. She bullies and manipulates.
Jewellery Shop Proprietor - Londoner who pronounces “Hallmark” wivart-an-‘aitch. i.e. ‘allmark.
Roderick Spode - Based on the infamous Oswald Mosley, Spode is a dictator-in-waiting, monocled thug with a robust voice.
Butterfield - Another butler, who shares , a smug sense of self-importance and a barely hidden disdain for the people they serve.
Constable Oates - Constable Oates is not a very bright policeman.
If anyone has additional questions, would like a copy of the script please contact Rebecca via email@example.com or on 07887501759.
And there you have it, toodle-pip, chums, look forward to seeing you on the 16th!