Look Back in Anger casting call 

Please read the following audition pack carefully before applying. There is a flat fee of £300, plus profit share, being offered for each actor in this show.

Please submit CV’s/online profiles (Spotlight etc) to casting@bigbootstheatrecompany.com

Many Thanks,
Kris Webb, Cloud Casting

THE PLAY

Britain, somewhere in the Midlands. 1950s. The post war generation.

Frustrated Jimmy Porter is fighting the world around him and attacking the people who love him. His love and rage combine to form a disconcerting mixture of a man.

The kitchen sink drama Look Back in Anger presents a manifestation of disagreement with the stagnation of everyday life. Disagreements around indifference and habit, tradition and inequality. Jimmy balances on the extreme edges of passion and hatred, emotions that fuel everyone but ultimately destroys him and everyone in his sphere. Osborne's seminal play finds a medicine for this quiescence through the manipulation of feelings, constant change of moods and brutal honesty.

THE PARTS

JIMMY PORTER (MALE, PLAYING AGE 25-30)
From a working class background, this character is an energetic, sensitive and emotionally tormented young man. Jimmy is a master of sarcasm and irony. There is a sadness about him too; he is a disturbing mixture of sincerity and malice, tenderness and cruelty. Jimmy is the champion of angry young men and this character requires an actor capable of playing a strong and powerful young man oscillating between extreme emotions. A great, substantial role for an ambitious and committed actor.

ALISON PORTER (FEMALE, PLAYING AGE 25-30)
Upper class, intelligent and educated, Alison is Jimmy’s wife. Alison is a young woman stubbornly surviving, and quietly fighting against, her husband’s verbal attacks and humiliations. Tortured character, easily manipulated and influenced. This is a large role.

 

CLIFF LEWIS (MALE, PLAYING AGE 25-30)
From a working class background, Cliff is a kind young man who is quietly and relentlessly working hard to achieve something in life and better himself. Cliff is often a silent spectator but has the ability to stabilise the oppositional forces and remain calm in times of chaos. A tragic character who is rarely following his own desires and aspirations and has little ability to put his needs first. This is a great role for a sensitive, nuanced actor.

HELENA CHARLES (FEMALE, PLAYING AGE 25-30)
From an upper-middle class background, Helena is an independent young woman with a strong sense of pride and dignity. Very sophisticated and emancipated, her moral compass is compromised by her feelings and emotions: while not tolerant of Jimmy's behaviour, she succumbs to his charm.

THE PERFORMANCES

Venue: The White Bear Theatre, Kennington, SE11 4DJ

Tuesday 25th February - Sunday 1st March
Tuesday 3rd March - Sunday 8th March (post show discussion on 8th March)
Tuesday 10th Match - Saturday 14th March
**Sunday performances are matinees**

THE CASTING DATES

30th November - Jimmy and Alison
1st December - Jimmy and Alison/Cliff and Helena
7th December - Cliff and Helena
8th December - Recalls

THE REHEARSALS

**Please note that those cast must aim to be fully available for the rehearsals noted as whole cast rehearsals. It would be appreciated if you could note periods of anticipated absence (for work commitments, etc.) in your application.**

Whole Cast (Daytime)
Saturday 14 December 2019
Saturday 11 January 2020

Individual and Paired Scene Work (Daytime)
Sunday 12 January 2020
Saturday 18 January 2020
Sunday 19 January 2020
Saturday 25 January 2020
Sunday 26 January 2020

Whole Cast (Times TBC)
30, 31 January 2020
1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 February 2020
Tech and Dress rehearsals - Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th February 2020

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