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Abigail’s Party - Reading and Audition Notice

Abigail's Party
  • Reading – Sunday 13th February, 6.00 pm (Coward Studio)
  • Audition – Sunday 20th February, 6.00 pm (Coward Studio)
  • Performances – Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th May 2021 (Coward Studio)

It’s hard to know where to begin with Abigail’s Party. Mike Leigh’s Seventies-set social satire (and Alison Steadman’s towering performance in the lead role, in particular) is so fondly remembered that very little needs to be said, in many ways.

We could talk about the play’s scathing critique of lower-middle class pretensions; or even the veiled but ever-present threat of violence that lurks beneath the domestic discord of each couple – all serious stuff. 

But what we really want to talk about is Tony’s legs. And Demis Roussos.  And cheesy pineapple bits! It’s a real actor’s piece, this, but we’re going to have a lot of fun in balancing the satirical with the serious.

One note about age: I am not necessarily going to cast according to age. In other words, I’m interested to see what actors of all ages and ranges can do with the characters. I want to cast the piece according to the talents we have; age is a secondary consideration, for the moment. So, if you think you’d be interested in any of the characters but you are already writing yourself off because of how you imagine these parts might be cast – don’t; come along anyway and audition!

The same goes for those members who have joined but have perhaps have not yet auditioned: you are so welcome to come along to the reading and/or audition; it’s always great to see new faces who might be harbouring a desire to get involved and play!

Hope to see you there.

Watch the Director talk about the Production.

Casting Policy

TTC has a totally open audition policy and we enjoy meeting new people.  You don't have to be a TTC member to attend the reading and audition - and if you aren't available for the audition date set don't worry - you can still audition. If cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member. 

For information contact ttcartistic@teddingtontheatreclub.org.uk

Characters

Beverly: An ex-cosmetics demonstrator at a department store. Aspirational. Proud. Flirtatious. Flamboyant. Bullyish. Gauche. Loves Demis Roussos and kitsch erotica.  A “deeply sad and vulnerable monster”.

Laurence: Beverly’s husband. A workaholic estate agent. Brisk. Hen-pecked. Irascible. Neurotic. Appreciates Shakespeare, Van Gogh, and Beethoven  At times overly formal. Seems powerless to compete with his wife.

Angela: Married to Tony. A nurse. Full of admiration for Beverly. Meek. Tactless. Childlike. Tough. Practical. Reliable. Cultivates an interest in all things mundane and ordinary.

Tony: Angela’s husband. An ex-professional footballer. Currently a computer operator. Self-conscious. Shy. Taciturn. Uneasy. Quick to anger and aggression. “Just a bit nasty”.

Sue: Divorcee neighbour. Her daughter Abigail is hosting a party the same evening as Beverly’s drinks. Reserved. Innately well-mannered. Out of place in almost every conceivable way.