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Jerusalem by jez butterworth

Director Jenny Kilcast writes:

CASTING READINGS: Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 July in The Clubroom at 8pm. There will also be recalls on Sunday 30 July.

REHEARSALS: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from Monday 4 September, with the addition of Sunday rehearsals from 1 October.

PERFORMANCES: 8 – 18 November.

Set in the rural heart of this ‘green and pleasant land’, the play shows its dirty and unattractive underbelly. Against a backdrop of St George’s Day celebrations, Morris dancers and May Queens, we meet Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron and his gang of ‘outcasts, leeches, undesirables’. Where wild flowers bloom and sunlight dapples through new-leafed trees, we see disaffected youth, poverty, violence, and broken homes.

This play is a very character-driven piece, with some wonderful roles for a range of actors. I am looking to cast 8M with playing ages ranging from teen – 70s , and 6F teen – 50s.

The character breakdown below is a guide only. If the ‘attitude’ is right the playing ages can be much more flexible.This is particularly true of the character Rooster.

Phaedra: F, teens, fey-like and pretty. Will need to sing unaccompanied but will be given assistance with that, so please don’t panic if you’re not a singer!

Ms Fawcett: F, 30-40s. By-the-book civil servant. Could be cross-cast with Dawn.

Mr Parsons: M, 30-50s. Fawcett’s colleague, less confident and self-assured. Could be cross-cast with Troy Whitworth.

Johnny ‘Rooster’ Bryon: M, 40-50s. A legend, a storyteller, a hero, a….drunk, a squatter, and a drug-dealer. He’s all of that, with a bit of Oberon, Begbie, Robin Hood and Compo thrown in.

Ginger: M, 30s. Johnny’s sidekick, or at least, Hanger-on-In-Chief. Considers himself a DJ. No one else does.

Professor: M, 70s. The group’s intellectual and philosopher. His memory is failing.

Lee: M, 20s. Leaving for Australia the next day, hoping for a better life.

Davey: M, 20s. Lee’s best mate. Unlike Lee, never wants to leave Wiltshire and is content with his lot.

Pea: F, teens, hangs around Johnny’s caravan for the drink and drugs.

Tanya: F, teens, another hanger on. Mates with Pea; fancies Lee.

Wesley: M, 40-50s. Pub landlord and reluctant Morris Dancer.

Dawn: F, 30-40s. Johnny’s ex, mother to…

Marky: M, child. Johnny’s son. Sees little of his father.

Troy Whitworth: M, 40-50s. Phaedra’s stepfather. Unpleasant and aggressive.

Scripts will be available from the members room from Monday 3rd July. Please read and return asap.

I am very excited by this project and look forward to seeing many of you at the castings. If however, you can’t make any of the casting readings do let me know and I will arrange to see you on an alternative date. Also if you have any other questions, queries or offers of help backstage please contact me at jennykilcast@gmail.com.