Much A(Brew) About Nothing: Drunk Shakespeare Auditions @ Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, Birmingham [from 3 to 5 May]

Much A(Brew) About Nothing: Drunk Shakespeare Auditions

3 - 5
18:00 - 22:00

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Guild of Students, University of Birmingham
Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2TU Birmingham, United Kingdom
Article19 are excited to invite you to the auditions for our Term 3 Drunk Shakespeare: 'Much A-Brew About Nothing'
Directed by Jamie Adam and Abbi Greenwood, with Producer Ruth Berry and Stage Manager Lois Saunders.

Set in the foggy heat of Selly Oak, Two equals finally meet their match in jest and love. Beatrice, a sarcastic and witty woman, lives with her aging Uncle, Leonato and her Cousin, the fair and dreamy Hero. There, the favoured Don Pedro, his bastard brother, Don John, dreamy Claudio and the taxing Benedick are returning from the wars to stay awhile (probably for a pint). In the midst of Hero and Claudio falling madly in love and planning to marry, Don Pedro saying something wise and looking up to Leonato, Benedick and Beatrice exchanging insults, Margaret running around delivering news...trouble is abrewing. Don John, a bitter individual, plots with his sidekick Borachio to stop the wedding between Hero and Claudio. Through concealment, plots and alcohol will Benedick and Beatrice ever unite, despite both swearing to live the lives of bachelors? Will the wedding between Hero and Claudio ever go ahead? Who knows?

Following its previous success… Drunk Shakespeare is back! One actor, as voted for by the audience, will rid their acting worries and get drunk for one night (and one night only) -much to the dismay of their fellow actors who must battle to get through the show!

Wednesday 3rd May: 6-10 in Harvey Milk
Friday 5th May: 6-10 in Mandella

Let us know if you can't make the callbacks so we can make alternative arrangements

BEATRICE (F): A strong and sassy woman, who doesn't want nor need a man in her life, Beatrice is the niece of Leonato and the cousin of Hero. Despite being fiercely independent, Beatrice is extremely caring and particularly favours Hero.

BENEDICK (M): Similar to Beatrice, Benedick is extremely witty. An aristocratic soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, he has a good reputation but considers himself a bit of a bachelor.

HERO (F): Fair and whimsical, Hero believes in love and falls for Claudio upon first meeting. The beautiful young daughter of Leonato, Hero is gentle and kind but sometimes this gentle nature leaves her open for hurt.

CLAUDIO (M): A young soldier who is returning with Don Pedro and his company, he instantly takes a liking towards Hero. Youthful and sensitive, he is, at first sight, the perfect suitor for our delicate Hero. Though good at heart, his suspicious nature often gets the best of him and he can jump to conclusions pretty quickly.

DON PEDRO/DON JOHN (M/F): Multi-role
Don Pedro is the favourite son out of the pair, mostly because Don John is illegitimate. Don Pedro is an important nobleman from Aragon and is a longtime friend of Leonato. He is courteous, wise and good to his friends...the complete opposite to the melancholic nature of Don John. Don John is bitter and manipulative- the true villain of the play.

Leonato is the elderly noble who invites everyone into his home. He is well respected and, as governor of Messina, he is second in social power only to Don Pedro. Borachio is Don John's sidekick and is used by him to fulfil his plot. With his name literally meaning 'drunkard' in Spanish, Borachio doesn't make decisions for himself and is romantically interested in anyone who will put up with him.

Hero’s serving woman, who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John. Margaret is lower class and more of a fun auntie than a mother, although she is unquestionably caring. Her lover is the mistrustful and easily bribed Borachio. Margaret loves bawdy jokes.

DISCLAIMER: We are looking for 7 actors and would like to remind auditionees of the drunk nature of the show, so actors would have to be comfortable to be either drunk or comfortable around drunken behaviour. However, the auditions and callbacks are sober.
We would also like to stress that if anyone wishes to audition, but doesn't want to get drunk themselves, that they are more than welcome to! Anyone wishing to do so must let us know.
The gender of casting is also flexible so we invite auditionees to go for any role they want to!

We will be uploading audition extracts closer to auditions but don't focus too heavily on these- we just want to see your initial interpretations and personalities! Anyone wishing to request extracts sooner can do so via our email: [email protected]

3rd-5th June
All auditionees must be available for these dates. We kindly ask that anyone in 'The Pirates of Penzance' and 'Monkey Bars' is aware of the performance clashes.

We can't wait to see you! Best of luck,
'Much A-Brew About Nothing' team X
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