PLEASE NOTE: Due to an amazing response to our audition notice, the August 17th day is now fully booked and we have added a second audition date of Saturday August 24th from 10am. Please phone Kerrin on 8351 1735 for an appointment.
By Liz Lochhead
From the novel by Bram Stoker
Directed by Kerrin White
Season Dates: April 2014
This version of Dracula avoids the camp and spoofy treatments that this vampire tale has suffered over the years. Liz Lochhead’s play restores the gothic horror and barely supressed sexuality of Bram Stoker’s original novel and adds some striking modern touches. Horror, sex and violence with a liberal dose of insanity for good measure.
When? Saturday 17 & 24 August from 10.am, by appointment only.
Where? The Thomas Nave Room, ARTS Theatre, 53 Angas St, Adelaide.
What? Auditions – please come with a prepared dramatic scene of no more than 3 minutes. This will be followed by a reading from the script of Dracula.
To book an appointment or for further information please phone the director,Kerrin White, on 8351 1735.
Time Period and locations: England and Transylvania circa 1900.
(Some doubling is indicated in the script though character ages are somewhat fluid)
Mina Westerman (20s) – Fiancée to Jonathan Harker and a ‘proper English rose’. Later she is enslaved to Dracula.
Lucy Westerman/Vampire Bride 3 (late teens/early 20s) – Sister of Mina and fiancée to Arthur Seward. Lucy is highly strung, wilful and sensual. She becomes one of Dracula’s victims. The actress playing Lucy will also portray a Bride of Dracula who seduces Jonathan Harker.
Florrie Hathersage/Vampire Bride 2 (late teens/early 20s) – Maid to Mina and Lucy. She is inexperienced as a servant but highly experienced as a lover. The actress playing Florrie will also portray a Bride of Dracula who seduces Jonathan Harker.
Mrs Manners/Dr Goldman (30s to 60s) – Mrs Manners is the authoritarian housekeeper to Mina and Lucy. Dr Goldman is a pompous female psychiatrist.
Nurse Grice/Nurse Nisbett/Vampire Bride 1 (20s to 40s) – At first Grice and Nisbett appear as separate characters – one good and one evil. By the end of the play the two ‘halves’ merge to create one complete person. The actress playing Grice/Nisbett will also portray a Bride of Dracula who seduces Jonathan Harker.
Arthur Seward (20s/30s) – The youthful Head Doctor of the lunatic asylum. An honourable but typically repressed Victorian gentleman. Fiancé to Lucy.
Jonathan Harker (20s) – Fiancé to Mina. A brave, boyish and honourable man. His is horribly altered by his experiences in Transylvania.
Dracula (40s to 70s) – A Transylvanian nobleman.
Professor Van Helsing (60s/70s) – An expert in vampire lore.
Renfield (30s to 60s) – A lunatic and servant of Dracula. He eats insects and sparrows.
Male Orderly Drinkwater (20s to 50s) – Physically imposing male orderly at the asylum. He provides the muscle when patients need to be ‘restrained’.
Child Victim 1 (young child) – Female child that is kidnapped by the vampire Lucy. Non-speaking role.
Child Victim 2 (young child) – Male child that is kidnapped by the vampire Lucy. Non-speaking role.
Nurses – Non-speaking roles (20s to 50s).
Maid – Non-speaking role (20s to 40s).
Lunatics – Non-speaking roles, though some gibbering will be required (all ages).