Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
adapted by Rosanna Lowe from the novel by Gustave Flaubert
Tue 10 - Sat 14 April 2018 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, NN1 3JA
Friday 2 February at 7.30pm
Burns Street Studios
9 Burns Street, Northampton NN1 3QF
Anyone can audition for Masque Theatre productions. If cast, you will be required to become a member of the group.
For more information about this production, contact Tamsyn on 07795 810861 or by email.
Tamsyn Payne, director
Adapted by Rosanna Lowe from the novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary is brought to you by the creative team behind A Midsummer Nights Dream: Alex Rex, Megan Lucas and me.
This is a very funny, physical version of the 19th Century classical tale.
The themes of frustration, unfulfilled ambition and the folly of youth are still there but the whole thing is played very light, which only serves to make the darker elements even more so.
Much of the piece is in a storytelling style. Performers describe their characters in the third person as well as acting in character.
It's quite a snappy piece running at one hour 45 minutes, but all characters are present on stage throughout with a fair amount of movement and costume changes so we will need performers with good availability throughout.
We will aim to begin an eight week rehearsal period shortly after the auditions (days to be arranged with the cast).
In addition to the cast, we need makers. Emma's wardrobe of blue 19th Century gowns would be a lovely challenge for an intrepid seamstress (I have patterns...) There are also a number of papier mache puppets which need creating.
1 MADAME BOVARY (F) Playing age 20-35
2 CHARLES BOVARY also played LHEUREUX/ COACHMAN/ BLINDBARREL ORGAN MAN (M) Playing age 30-45
3 LEON also played CHARLES’ MOTHER/ JUSTIN / PRIEST (M) Playing age 20-35
4 RODOLPHE also played HOMAIS / CHARLES’ FATHER/ BEADLE / BAILIFF/ CHARLES’ FIRST WIFE (M) Playing age 30-45
All three men play other small parts – the chorus of schoolchildren and the schoolteacher (voices only), the chorus of convent nuns, the dancing aristocrats, the voices at the village fair, the Bailiff’s men etc. The male characters could possibly be played by a female, but the characters would remain male.
Masque Theatre's production is directed by Tamsyn Payne, whose shows for the group include Arsenic & Old Lace (2014), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2007), Dying For It (2010), Arabian Nights (2012), Dinner (2017) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017).
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