Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 626414 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
By Noel Coward
Director: Cassie Tillett
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Performance dates: `19-
Please note this is a Monday to Saturday run.
Amanda and Elyot are divorced, and each has married again (to Victor and Sibyl respectively). They find themselves, on their respective honeymoons, in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. The reasons for their original attraction and for their parting rapidly become very clear, and equally clearly haven’t changed. The emotional and practical repercussions are both predictable and surprising, hilarious and painful, and the characters move through a myriad of anger, passion, amusement, cynicism and manipulation. It’s described as a ‘comedy of manners’, but it has a great deal more depth than that implies.
The four main characters all have substantial amounts to do and learn, and Elyot and Amanda carry the whole of the second act between them. The roles are not for the faint-
A note on the playing style. While Coward’s brittle style is always a joy to play, the performances should not in any sense be mannered or pastiche; these are real, vivid, passionate and troubled people, and we must believe in them as such. The intention is to simplify the physical setting, making it far more stylised than literal; to make it much less specific to the period in which it was written; and to remove all references to smoking. Additionally, please note that while Coward’s music will be important, no characters need to perform a song (only to hum along on occasion); and that Elyot will not need to play the piano!
5 actors playing 3f, 2m
The ages of the four main characters are fairly flexible. In the script, Elyot, Amanda and Victor are all referred to as being in their thirties, and Sybil is distinctly younger (specifically 23); but it would work well with the three older characters being anywhere between early thirties and (if fairly glamorous and well-
There is one more character: Louise, the French maid. She is described as ‘a frowsy looking girl’, but could be literally any age, from very young to very old and all points between. She must be able to speak convincing French. It’s a tiny part, and would combine ideally with somebody who wished to stage manage (unless you are happy with a tiny cameo).
Rehearsals will begin on Monday 14 June. As it’s a small cast, rehearsal dates will be agreed after casting. Generally Saturdays are avoided and Sunday afternoons and evenings are possible. Performers should be prepared for a technical run on Saturday 10 July, and final runs and dress rehearsals most evenings between 12 and 18 July.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday 19 May at 7:30pm, with additional auditions / recalls taking place on Sunday 23 May at 3:00pm. If any interested actors are unable to make either of those dates, we will do our best to arrange an alternative.
If you’d like to audition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be sent full details of the audition pieces. The script being used is the current (red-