In association with LOS Musical Theatre
16 - 23 May
"Frolicsome and carefree, earthy and robust - lust!"
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
21 - 28 March 2020
"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|
I will be looking to start rehearsals in early January, keeping to Monday and Wednesday evenings to start, adding the 3rd rehearsal on either a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, (dependant on people’s availability).
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.
I will be as flexible as possible on rehearsals and people’s availability but given the nature of the play with multiple costume chang-es/props it’s virtually impossible to rehearse without all three cast members present, therefore please bring any dates of non-availability including weekends to the audition.
This will be a challenging (yet fun) play for everyone involved. I can’t wait to share it with three excellent actors and our brilliant crea-tive team.
Bertie Wooster - (Twenties to forties aged male). Impulsive and a little insane. Bertie Wooster is, with the best will in the world, of somewhat limited intellect. He may have had the best education that money could buy, but appears to possess little perceptive skill and even less common sense. For reasons best known to himself, he’s decided to put on a one man show. Bertie as himself, narrating the play as it’s being performed.
Jeeves - (Thirties to forties aged male). Wooster’s long-suffering butler and friend. Reliable and competent. Played with constant understatement and largely with a straight face The ultimate gentleman’s gentleman, highly perceptive, his unwavering knack for formulating the most brilliant and complex of plans in an instant has got Bertie out of close scrapes on uncountable occasions. Jeeves cooks, cleans, sews, irons and mixes a mean cocktail. No matter of outward appearances, Jeeves always has Wooster’s back. Also plays; Watkyn Bassett - A fuddy duddy judge with old-fashioned ideas. Easily outraged and offended. Officious and pedantic. Gussie Fink-Nottle - Naive in the ways of the world Gussie is essentially a little boy in a man’s body. he speaks with a lisp and has very poor eyesight. He is fascinated by newts. Madeline Bassett - Lives in a fairy tale world of romance. She is described by Bertie as ‘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. She makes no secret of her machinations and frequently advises her victims of her evil intent just to increase their discomfort and ensure she gets her own way.
Seppings - (Forties aged male). Aunt Dahlia’s butler - Sensible and mature. Drafted in by Jeeves because of his not inconsiderable talent for impersonation, of which, despite his feigned modesty, Seppings is secretly proud and just so happens to be a dab hand on the stage. Also plays; Aunt Dahlia - One of the many aunts who are the bane of Bertie’s life. She bullies and manipulates. Bertie tells us that ‘She spoke as usual as if she was shouting across ploughed fields in a high wind’. Jewellery Shop Proprietor - The type of Londoner who pronounces ‘Hallmark’ wivart-an-‘aitch. i.e. ‘allmark. Think Parker, Lady Penelope’s chauffeur in Thunderbirds. Roderick Spode - This character is based on the infamous Oswald Mosley, Spode is a dictator-in-waiting, a bully and fierce, mon-ocled thug with a robust voice that is used to addressing large political rallies. Butterfield - Butterfield is yet another butler, who shares, with all the other butlers, 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; he is fawning to the upper classes and a bully to the lower. Speaks with a West Country burr.
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 char-acters. All three actors need to be physically capable as there will be a lot of rushing about, set/prop moving. Comic timing is key, and for Jeeves and Seppings particularly the ability to mimic/caricature and to switch between characters at speed is essential.
Scripts are available from Rebecca Warnett (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07887501759).