AUDITION: Things I Know to Be True by Andrew Bovell

Auditon dates

Tuesday 27 August at 7.00pm &
Wednesday 28 August at 7.00pm

Recalls

Thursday 29 August at 7.00pm

Performance dates

Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 November 2019


Audition details

Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required for Things I Know to Be True. Please do get in touch with the Director, Frances Bodiam, with any questions you may have by emailing frances@flametreepublishing.com

Audition form

bit.ly/ThingsIKnow_Form (this will also be available to fill in at the auditions) 

Rehearsal period

Rehearsals will take place from early September at 7.30pm for 2-3 evenings on Monday to Thursday, as well as around 3 hours' rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays, and to rehearse on different days and times. Most actors will only be called for 2 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week.

Performance space

150-seat theatre at Putney Arts Theatre

Audition preparation

Please ensure that you have read the play fully and that you have an understanding of the character/s you are auditioning for. Please also make sure you arrive on time.

It would be useful if you would email Frances Bodiam at frances@flametreepublishing.com to confirm which audition date you will be attending.

Synopsis

Things I Know to be True is a beautifully written full-length play centring around the lives of a family of six (Mum, Dad and four grown-up children) over the period of a year poignantly presented through the seasons.

With important themes of ‘escape’ and ‘betrayal of trust’ it is described as a “complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family - and a marriage - through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parent’s love and expectations”. The Lyric’s performances were described as "a pleasure to watch” by The Guardian, "Genuinely haunting and fervently recommended” by The Independent, and " is well worth two hours for anyone who loves theatre or, indeed, has been part of a family” by the Evening Standard,

Scott Graham, co-director of Frantic Assembly’s production, says "Things I Know To Be True is about love in many of its forms. At times comforting and supportive. At others suffocating and destructive. But always love.”

Characters

3 Female. 3 Male

There are six cast members and each of the roles are equally complex and significant in the play, demanding skilled actors who would love to get their teeth into some excellent dialogue and intense performing. As part of the rehearsal period, we will begin without any scripts, working on character creation and definition, with a focus on exploring and creating the dynamics of the family unit. In these workshops, we'll be using some theatre practitioner techniques to achieve this.

The Price family

BOB PRICE: 50s/60s – a retrenched car factory worker

FRAN PRICE: 50s – a senior nurse

Their children

PIP: 30s – an education department bureaucrat, married with 2 children

MARK: 30s – an IT specialist

BEN: 20s – a financial services worker

ROSIE: late teens – she doesn’t know who she is or what she wants to be yet

Music was written for Frantic Assembly's production by Nils Frahm and is atmospheric and poignant, so I’d love to have it performed live during the performance. If you are an instrumentalist interested in being involved, do let me know.

Backstage opportunties available include

  • Lighting operator
  • Set construction
  • Assistant stage manager
  • Sound operator
  • Costume assistants
  • Hair and make up assistants


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.

Please get in touch with zoe.jeffadputneyarts@gmail.com or info@putneyartstheatre.co.uk if you are interested in getting involved.