By John Godber & Jane Thornton.
Directed by Hayley Clines.
Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th January at 7.45pm in the Studio.
Bouncers is set in and around Flamingo Joe’s – a nightclub, with the action focusing on the exploits of the four doormen and their customers. The play creates a vivid picture of the relentless antics of nightlife with its raw energy, flashing disco lights and raucous lads and lasses out on the town. The quartet of actors switch with pin-sharp precision from charismatic doormen to giggling girls to lads on the lash and back again.
Four decades after John Godber’s Bouncers was first staged at the Fringe it remains one of the most popular and performed comedies.
Tickets: adults £12, students £10
Box office: 01483 284747 – or Book Online
The Nomads will be presenting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December 2018, directed by Graham Botterill.
The famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from miserable miser to generous benefactor, has been a popular feature of Christmas since it was published in 1843. Scrooge’s redemption is prompted by the visitation of a succession of spirits. By turns exciting, terrifying, amusing and always moving; this story is a wonderful prelude to Christmas.
- Performance dates: 11-14 December 2018 at 7:45pm, 15 December 2018 at 2:30pm and 7:45pm
- Rehearsal days: from 2nd September, Sundays at 2:30pm, Wednesdays at 7:30pm plus most Mondays from 17th October
- Sunday 15th July at 2:30pm
- Monday 16th July at 7:30pm
- Wednesday 18th July at 7:30pm
- Further dates will be announced…
Audition pieces can be found here: Google Drive
Auditions will be held in the Bob King room at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here). There’s no fixed order; but, if possible, children will be auditioned first.
If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact Graham on [email protected]
There are over 60 characters, so cast members will be doubling and trebling parts. There are lots of fun roles including an ensemble of Carollers, Country Folk, Party Guests, Townspeople, Children, Businessmen, Sailors etc.
Characters (in no particular order):
- Ebeneezer Scrooge: Playing age 60+ – A mean, unhappy loner who recovers his humanity and a fine sense of humour.
- Bob Cratchit: Playing age 30+ – A gentle, downtrodden clerk who adores his family and desperately tries to provide for them.
- Fred (Scrooge’s Nephew): Playing age 30’s – A warm, humorous man who is determined to redeem his uncle.
- Charity Ladies: Playing age 40+ – Respectable ladies who can be doubled with the un-respectable Charwoman and Laundress.
- Street Urchin: Playing age 12+ – crossing-sweeper, message-runner, etc.
- Jacob Marley: Playing age 50+ – The ghost of Scrooge’s dead partner. A booming, terrifying character. Can be doubled with Old Joe the rag and bone man.
- Ghost of Christmas Past: Female – Playing age 30s – Initially frightening but sympathetic to Scrooge’s plight. Can double with Mrs Cratchit and/or Ada (Mrs Fred)
- Boy Ebeneezer: Playing age early teens – can double as Peter Cratchit
- Fanny Scrooge: Playing age early teens – Ebeneezer’s sister
- Schoolmaster: Playing age 40+ – a fierce bully who made Scrooge’s schooldays miserable.
- Mr Fezziwig: Playing age 50+ – Scrooge’s first employer…a jovial, generous man who knew how to celebrate Christmas. Can double with Ghost of Christmas Present.
- Mrs Fezziwig: Playing age 50+ – Fashionable, enthusiastic and adores her husband. Can double with Charwoman or Laundress.
- Young Ebeneezer: Playing age 17 to 25 – An enthusiastic apprentice and fiancé of Belle. Can double with Undertaker.
- Dick Wilkins: Playing age 17 to 25 – Fellow apprentice. Can double with Fred’s friend Topper.
- Belle: Playing age 18 to 25 – Young Ebeneezer’s fiancé. Can double with Young Wife and/or Ada’s Sister.
- Ghost of Christmas Present: Male – Playing age 40+ – Big and cheerful…a sort of prototype Santa Claus. Can double with Mr Fezziwig & Businessmen.
- ParcelMen (2): Any age – Diamond geezers.
- Mrs Cratchit: Playing age 30+ – desperate to keep her family alive on Bob’s pathetic wages. Can double as a Charity Lady.
- Martha Cratchit: Playing age mid-teens – oldest of the Cratchit children. Works long hours for little reward.
- Peter Cratchit: Playing age early teens – can double as Boy Ebeneezer
- Tiny Tim: Playing age about 8 – the much-loved baby of the family. Could be played by boy or girl. Must have the “Aaah” factor.
- Ada (Fred’s wife): Playing age 20+ – Suffers Fred’s ‘sense of humour’
- Ada’s Sister: Playing age 20+ – Unmarried, as yet.
- Topper: Playing age 25+ – Keen to marry Ada’s Sister…or anyone.
- Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: – Tall and terrifying. Non-speaking role…but bags of non-verbal communication.
- Old Joe: Playing age 50+ – Filthy, Fagin-ish rag and bone man. Ideally doubled with Jacob Marley.
- Charwoman: Playing age 40+ – Coarse, grasping harridan…doubles nicely with Charity Lady.
- Laundress: Playing age 40+ – Coarse, grasping harridan…doubles nicely with Charity Lady.
- Undertaker: Playing age 17 to 25 – Pond life. Can double with Young Ebeneezer.
- Plus Carollers, Country Folk, Party Guests, Townspeople, Children, Businessmen, Sailors, etc.
The Nomads will be presenting Trivial Pursuits by Frank Vickery in September 2018, directed by Michael Ayres (Artistic Director, The Nomads).
- Performance dates: 12-15 September 2018 at 7:45pm
- Rehearsal days: Tuesday and Thursday
- Tuesday 31 July – 7:30
- Thursday 2 August – 7:30
- Sunday 5 August – 1:00
Auditions will be held in the Bob King room at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here)
If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please email us to let us know on [email protected]
Characters (playing ages are flexible):
Teddy – Often insensitive and selfish, he sees himself as a joker. Very friendly with Joyce.
Joyce – Roz’ sister. Once talented and well-meaning; a lush, she gets drunk during the play.
Mona – the choreographer. With no real sense of humour, she takes herself very seriously and has a hard edge. Maybe fancied Teddy in the past, but was ignored. Bitter?
Pearl – the Treasurer. Sensible and straightforward.
Roz – Nick’s wife and Joyce’s sister; the sensible, organised person behind Nick’s power.
Jessica – pretty and younger than the other members.
Derek – Boring and pathetic, but harmless. His divorce from Deirdre is about to be finalised, but he is missing her and is miserable without her. He has been involved with the Operatic Society through Deirdre.
- Nick – Roz’ husband. The society Business Manager. He feels pressured from all sides, and is in a no-win situation, but does find opportunities to get something positive out of it, however. Fancies Jessica.
- Deirdre – happy to be getting divorced from Derek, as she feels she can start living life now.
- Eddie – not part of the society, he has tagged along with Deirdre. His only interest is television.