Audition: The Odyssey

Audition Dates

26 February, 8.00pm – 10.30pm
27 February, 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Recalls Dates

3 March, times TBC

 

Audition Details

Please find below the details of the auditions. Please do get in touch with the Director, Zoe, with any questions you may have by emailing zoe.thomaswebb@gmail.com

Performance Space

150 seat Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre & Putney Burial Ground (outdoors)

Performance Dates

25 – 29 June 2019 (indoors) & 6 and 7 July (outdoors)

Rehearsal Period:

Due to the nature of this project the rehearsals will work as follows:

Playing: March

During this period as many members of the cast as possible will be called roughly 3 times a week. In this section we will be improvising and workshopping ideas around the text. The text we are using as a guide is Emily Wilson’s translation of “The Odyssey”. We will film or record all our sessions, so we have a record of what we’ve created.

Presentation: April

The cast won’t be called for rehearsal at all during this period. The creative team will go through all the footage of our workshopping sessions and all our notes and put together a working script, which we can start rehearsing with.

Practising: May & June

This section is when the show will start to take more shape and begin to become recognisable as a piece of theatre. The cast will be called roughly twice a week and some Sundays, to start rehearsing with the working script, adding music and movement pieces

Please note:

This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £25 show fee will be due.

 

Audition Preparation

The first audition will involve an hour of games and exercises to see how you work with other actors, nothing to strenuous or exhausting but do come in clothes that you can move in. Then actors will be grouped together, to a devise a brief scene, not Odyssey related. There is nothing to prepare but please also make sure you arrive on time as we shall be starting promptly.

The recalls will involve more detailed devising, specific character work and an optional music call. When notified of your recall you will be sent a small amount of text to learn and a small amount of research to do.

The Odyssey is a very long book and I do not expect anyone to read it in its entirety; however, a vague understanding of the characters and plot would be useful. This YouTube video is quick(ish) and a bit annoyingly jolly but it gives you a gist. Or just Wikipedia it!

 

Synopsis

"Tell me an old story for modern times. Find the beginning."
Emily Wilson’s “The Odyssey”

How do you go about adapting the Odyssey? 24 books, over 100 characters, 500 miles travelled. There are so many viewpoints, so many stories, where do you begin? How do you find the beginning of such vast epic? We’re invite you to join us on the original adventure story. A world full of gods and monsters and women. Through the eyes of Odysseus and the women who shape hime we will learn about war, identity, power and poverty. One man’s journey will help us understand the changing meanings of home in a strange world. Using physical theatre, original music and innovative design we want to take the audience on a journey to a world they recognise but don’t quite trust.

“You lose your way, just take my hand / You're lost at sea, then I'll command your boat to me again /
Don't look too far, right where you are, that's where I am / I'm your man”
Lana Del Rey’s “Mariner’s Apartment Complex”

 

Characters

We are looking for a company of 17 actors. The members of the company will each be given one of the 

roles below and will also play multiple other roles, including Odyssey’s men, the suitors, slaves & 
narrators. We are interested in actors who have multiple skills; speaking another language, singing, 
ability to play musical instruments, do the spilts, anything fun and creative you can do, tell us and let’s 
see how we can use it. All roles can be any gender, age or race.

  • Odysseus: A fighter. Arrogant and cunning.
  • Penelope: A wife. Clever and loyal.
  • Telemachus: A son. Spoilt and brave.
  • Circe: A witch. Independent and dangerous.
  • Calypso: A demi goddess. Possessive and alluring.
  • Nauiscaa: A princess. Innocent and useful.
  • Polyphemus: A cyclops. Violent and trusting.
  • Antinous: A suitor. Calculating and vicious.
  • Melantho: A slave. Angry and uncontrollable.
  • The Sirens: (x3) Monsters. Terrifying and bloodthirsty.
  • Athena: A goddess. Powerful and biased.
  • Zeus, King of the Gods: Enduring and commanding.
  • Poisdeon, God of the Sea: Bitter and resolute.
  • Helen: A beauty. Victim and culprit.
  • Eurycleia: A housekeeper. Nosey and devoted.