Everyman Theatre Cardiff are holding auditions for Girlfriends.
A musical by Howard Goodall in collaboration with Richard Curtis and John Retallack.
Director: Wayne Vincent
Musical Director: David George Harrington
Girlfriends is set during the second world war. It is 1941. Most people in Britain inwardly believed they are outgunned and outnumbered and that they are heading for a crushing defeat. Girlfriends’ follows recruits of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). This powerful show explores the relationships between the women in the WAAF. Women, thrown together at an air-force base in the east of England. All from different backgrounds and all with different temperaments, they become friends in this unusual melting pot.
The basic story revolves around a love triangle involving new recruits Amy, Lou and dashing pilot, Guy. This resolves with Amy and Lou reflecting that there’s always someone left who cares like girlfriends do.
Performance Dates: Tuesday 15th May to Saturday 19th May 2018
6 performances over 5 days at the Seligman Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff.
Performances every evening at 7.30 with a matinee on Saturday 19th May.
Technical, Band Call & Dress Rehearsals: Sunday 13th May and Monday 14th May.
Rehearsals will begin on Sunday February 4th 2018.
• Auditions will be held in the club room at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE on:
• Friday 12th January (19.00-22.00)
• Saturday 13th January (13.00 to 16.00)
• Monday 15th January (19.00 to 22.00)
Minimum of 10 women and 2 men. We may cast up to an extra 4 female Ensemble. All cast will need to undertake a singing audition.
All Female roles can be sung in the mezzo soprano range. Amy, Lou, Jas and Sally are the largest female roles in the show.
Amy: Age: presents as late teens / early 20s. New member of the WAAF. Well-brought-up curate’s daughter. A good girl. Encouraged to sign up by best friend Lou. Naïve and shy. Catches the eye of pilot, Guy. Falls in love but scared of being hurt. Wants to wait for intimacy with Guy. Falls out with Lou over Guy. Works in the control tower. Grows emotionally stronger during the show.
Lou: Age: presents as late teens / early 20s. New member of the WAAF. Persuades best friend Amy to join up. Confident and less naïve although doesn’t know what an “officer’s groundsheet” is. Optimistic – left a useless job and a boyfriend. “Best escape I had”. Goes through an emotional journey becoming disillusioned – “frozen”, falling for Guy and re-finding herself.
Jasmine “Jas”: Age: presents as early to mid 20s. Could feasibly be a bit older. New member of the WAAF. Scottish accent. Down to earth, ballsy, naughty. Wants a date. Impulsive. Jas and Sally described as the “terrible twins” by other WAAFs. Jas is torn between the damage being done to women and children in Germany and her duty to her own people. She buckles under the news of her home town being bombed and of her own brother’s death at sea and wants out even though Guy tells her: “In war normal rules don’t apply”. Works as a packer.
Sally. Age: presents as early to mid 20s. New member of the WAAF. Working class. Poor background, large family. Northern lass. Dreams of having more money. Down to earth, ballsy, naughty. Jas and Sally described as the “terrible twins” by other WAAFs. She says about swapping fireplace for enemy fire: “I’ve come a long way – I feel respected.” Wants a date and eventually finds a willing partner in Gareth.
Jane: Age: more experienced in life than Amy and so could present from mid 20s through to early 40s. Kind, empathetic, mature. Has been hurt. Lost her love on a tour of duty. Works in the control tower. Sings beautiful soaring duet with Amy.
Sgt Woods: Age: could present from mid 20s to early 40s. Harsh, domineering, pragmatic, “she is like a battleship
Janet, Pam, Karen, Phyilis: Other new WAAF recruits. Some individual singing, ensemble singing and some dialogue. Age: the majority of WAAF members were between the age of 18 and 40. Initially the recruiting age limits for the WAAF were 18 – 43. In 1941 these limits were extended to 17½ – 44.
Age including ensemble parts: the majority of WAAF members were between the age of 18 and 40. Initially the recruiting age limits for the WAAF were 18 – 43. In 1941 these limits were extended to 17½ – 44.
Female ensemble parts: new WAAF recruits. Ensemble singing. Age: as per Janet, Pam, Karen, Phyilis.
Guy: A bomber command pilot. Handsome. “Fair hair blue eyes, a charmer’s grin, a slightly pointy chin, a bit like Errol Flynn”. Oxford educated, likes cricket. Bomber command aircrew had only a 1 in 5 chance of making it through a first tour of 30 missions. They therefore, lived life for the moment. Self absorbed. Guy fancies Amy. He wants action on the ground to match his missions in the air but Amy wants to wait. The relationship peters out, so he jumps into bed with Lou, a far more willing partner. Stiff upper lip but, eventually acknowledges his inner fear.
Gareth: A navigator. Nice man. Voice of reason. Amusing Welsh sidekick to Guy, who tries too hard with the opposite sex and has trouble getting lucky, until sunny Sally finally proves amenable
Age: The majority of RAF Bomber Command aircrew were aged 19 through to their mid-twenties although younger and considerably older airmen have been identified. The average age is stated to have been 21.
To view or download an audition pack please CLICK HERE
To reserve your place at the audition, please contact AMANDA SMITH on:
07540434046 or [email protected]