Auditions

All our productions are auditioned. Audition dates and details are notified on this page.
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Downloadable audition materials will be available at Audition Files below when provided by the director.

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Around the World in 80 Days (January 2023)

Read-through at the Playhouse -Thursday 30th June, 7.30pm
Auditions at the Playhouse - Sunday 3rd July, 2 - 5pm & Wednesday 6th July, 7.30 - 10pm.

Casting auditions for Around the World in Eighty Days:  
Please audition for either one big or two smaller parts, using the audition-material provided below. This will be the case even though you may not be looking to play this particular role. 

  • All parts are significant, but apart from the major roles of Fogg, Passepartout, Mrs Aouda and Fix, some will be allocated on the basis of flexibility. Most of those cast will be playing several roles and also acting as stage-crew.
  • Apart from using material from the play, auditionees will also be asked to do a short improvisation relating to the play, e.g. serving a drink on a ship which is moving up and down, riding on a train and firing at bandits, etc. 
  • The majority of roles will be available to both men and women, depending on who actually turns up to audition. Parts are open to people outside the Society, providing that anyone cast then joins the Cotswold Players.
  • It is possible to have a small part in ‘Pressure’ and a big part in ‘Around the World’ or a big part in ‘Pressure’ and a small part in ‘Around the World’ but not a big part in both. There are a large number of parts, some of which are outlined in more detail below….

Phileas Fogg: An archetypal English gentleman. His life is regulated like clockwork but he is addicted to whist and clearly likes to gamble, as shown by his wager that he will travel around the world in 80 days.  He is calm and unresponsive, showing little signs of emotion, until his reserve is finally undermined by the charms of Mrs Aouda. A major part. 

Passepartout: A true Parisian who has lived an extremely adventurous life as a goat-herder, singer, horse-rider and circus performer. He apparently wants to settle down but instead is drawn into another exotic lifestyle as Fogg’s valet, getting involved in numerous arguments and fights. A major part, that could be played by a man or woman.

Mrs Aouda: A self-possessed and beautiful Indian widow who, thanks to Fogg, escapes certain death through suttee, where the wife is burnt on the funeral pyre of her husband. She is well-born, demure and exotic, with an innate attractiveness that eventually breaks down the apparent indifference of Phileas Fogg. A major part. 

Inspector Fix: An over-eager Scotland Yard detective who thinks he has found the notorious robber who has stolen £55,000 from the Bank of England. Wily and deceitful, he manages to engage Passepartout in his devious plans and plays along with Fogg, until he gets his deserved comeuppance at the end of the play. A major part. 

Flower-Seller: A small Eliza Doolittle-ish part, who does not say a lot but who casts an important light on the character of Fogg. 

Stuart: One of the gentlemen of the Reform Club, who challenges Fogg’s assumptions. The cast includes other members of the Club, Flanagan and Ralph, who are equally stuffy and self-important and, in some ways, similar characters. 

Suez Consul: An English employee, stiff-upper-lipped, who sticks by the rules. Other parts are similar examples of the kind of person who was employed by the British Empire. 

Mr Naidu: A sophisticated, Indian businessman, at home playing whist, who befriends Fogg on his train-journey across India and joins him in his escape from villagers by elephant. He also speaks Hindi. 

Miss Singh: A rich Indian lady, who owns an elephant and is sympathetic towards Mrs Aouda. 

Judge Obadiah: A rather pompous, overbearing example of his/her type, who manages to find a loophole in the law which fines Fogg and Passepartout but spares them imprisonment. 

Captain Blossom von Darius: Captain of the Tankadere, one of the ships that Fogg takes, and who, somewhat surprisingly, turns out to be a woman! 

William Batulcar: American – the chief of the circus-troupe who manages to entertain large audiences abroad with his/her performers’ skills and acrobatics. 

Colonel Stamp Proctor: A very loud-mouthed and extrovert American, who demands respect from all around him on the train that he takes with Fogg across the American plains. 

Captain Speedy: American Captain of the Henrietta, who allows Fogg to buy the ship from him on condition that he still owns the hull, even though the top part had been burnt. 

Other parts include:

Fogg’s valet, James 
Beggar Woman 
Street Sweeper 
Reform Club Valet 
Flanagan, a member of the Reform Club 
Ralph, another member of the Reform Club  
Club Man 
Mongolia Purser (who speaks Italian) 
Bombay Consul 
Guardians of an Indian temple
Peninsula Conductor (who speaks Hindi) 
Guards    
Calcutta Policeman 
Clerk to the Court 
Rangoon Purser
Hong Kong Consul
Opium smokers
Circus Performers
General Grant Purser
Train Bandits
Train Porter
Mr Mudge, the owner of a land yacht
Sailor
Engineer of the Henrietta
Crew of the Henrietta
Liverpool Policeman

 

Audition Files (80 Days)

Mrs Aouda
 1.78 MB
 18-06-2022
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Fix
 2.68 MB
 18-06-2022
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Fogg
 1.56 MB
 18-06-2022
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Passpartout
 1.65 MB
 18-06-2022
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Other Parts
 10.96 MB
 18-06-2022
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Stroud Theatre Festival: 16-18 September 2022


Auditions for our fun show – ‘A Couple of Meerkats and Other Random Stuff’ – will take place at the Playhouse as follows:

7.30 - 9.30pm on Friday 22 July.
2.00 - 4.30pm on Sunday 24 July.

If you know when you plan to audition, or if you have any questions, please contact our troupe coordinator Philip Douch. Or you can just pitch up on either day, in which case you may have to wait a little while. You can get Philip on 07847 664359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The scripts can be downloaded below.

There are up to a dozen roles for all ages, potentially including one or two younger men and women in their 20s or 30s.

Depending on the number of actors successful at audition, those who are cast may be invited to take a role in more than one playlet.

  • All auditions are script in hand.
  • Please prepare two characters from any of the plays as below.
  • You may also be invited to read for additional roles.
  • PLEASE BRING DIARIES TO DISCUSS REHEARSAL AVAILABILITY.

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‘The Garden of Palindromes’

Adam and Eve: From emerging on page 5 to ‘stung nuts’ on page 8. Prepare to do the actions as well as picking up your script to do the words. Both naive and uncertain. Might be youthful but not necessarily young.

Subtitlers: From ‘Good evening’ (bottom page 2) to ‘your disbelief’ (page 5). Both formal and straight-faced. Unspecified ages.
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‘The Zoo’ (all characters of unspecified age)

Daphne and Rita (meerkats): Pages 1, 2 and 4. Gossipy; down to earth; Daphne the more solid and respectable. Rita more flighty and flying off the handle. Perhaps with regional accents.

Roger and Leo (lions): All lines. Roger posh; Leo maybe gravelly voiced with a lurking threat. Roger could be tweaked and re-named as a female lion if a woman wants to read for that role.

Neville (a baboon): All lines. An alpha male. Rough and ready.
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‘To Do List’

Schoolteacher Please prepare scenes 1 and 6 from ‘To Do List’ if you’d like to read for the teacher as one of your two pieces. There are versions of the script for a young man, young woman or older man.

 

Audition Files

The Garden of Palindromes
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 30-06-2022
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The Zoo
 24.49 KB
 30-06-2022
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To Do List Stroud Festival older
 30.15 KB
 15-07-2022
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To Do List-female
 30.89 KB
 30-06-2022
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To Do List-male
 28.95 KB
 30-06-2022
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