Audition notice for Quartet by Ronald Harwood
directed by Marion Asplin
Play Reading: Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 8pm
Auditions: Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 8pm
Venue: The Pavilion, Punch Croft, New Ash Green, DA3 8HS
(drinks available from the upstairs bar)
8pm on evenings to be agreed by cast and director, starting at the beginning of September, at The Pavilion
Afternoon and evening of Sunday 18 November (at the Pavilion and Hartley Village Hall)
Technical rehearsal: 7.30pm Monday 19 November
Dress rehearsal: 8pm Tuesday 20 November
Production: Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Saturday 24 November at 8pm Hartley Village Hall, Ash Road, Hartley, DA3 8EL
Scripts are available for those who cannot make the above dates or would like to read the play in advance.
If you would like to audition and/or would like to borrow a script, please call 0845 260 2545 or complete the contact form below.
Auditions are open to all but, if not already a paid up member of Hartley Players, you will need to join/renew your membership if you are offered a part.
Quartet is a funny, poignant play about the stresses and strains of getting old; relationships; hopes and fears. The play debuted in 1999 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and then went on to the West End. In 2012 it was made into a film, starring Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay.
Cissy, Reggie and Wilf (former opera singers who sometimes worked together) now reside in a home for retired musicians. Each year, on the 10th of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and Cissy, Reggie and Wilf want to sing the third act quartet from Rigoletto. Jean, who was a huge star in her day and was once married (briefly) to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing but the show must go on… Can the passage of time heal old wounds? Will the four ever sing together again?
Playing age of all cast is 60’s to 70’s.
It is not necessary for the cast to be able to sing. However, they may need to mime to a recording of Bella figlia dell’amore (the quartet from Act 3, Scene 1 of Verdi’s Rigoletto) at the end of the show.
Jean Horton: Ex celebrated soprano singer but now penniless and vulnerable. Clings to the memory of her operatic heyday when she was a diva. Poised but frail; irritable and difficult. Suffers from a bad hip and walks with a stick.
Cecily (Cissy) Robson: Scatty and excitable with a childlike innocence. Always means well and is full of energy. She is a mezzo soprano but past her prime and drifting into dementia. The target of Wilf’s lustful affection.
Wilfred (Wilf) Bond: Jovial rascal and lovable rogue. Neglectful of his appearance. Outspoken and flirtatious – especially with Cissy. But he is insecure and can’t come to terms with the ageing process. Baritone.
Reginald (Reggie) Paget: Immaculate and fastidious. A gentleman. Occasionally volatile. Tenor.