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Quick-Brewed Macbeth
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Performance Dates:
23rd - 26th October 2019
Performance Times:
Matinees: 2:30pm
Evenings: 7:00pm
Audition Dates:
19th June - Group
22nd June - 1 Hour Slots
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Rehearsal Schedule
This fast-paced adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody tale bursts with suspense and theatrical magic. This abridged version of Shakespeare's classic tale retains much of the original language in an engaging, immersive EYT production that will be performed on a thrust stage in the Assembly House Ballroom for 4 performances 23-26 October 2019.

Full details of the production and audition requirements are in the Audition Pack (download here).
Auditions will be held on Wed 19th and Sat 22nd June – auditionees will need to attend both sessions:
• 6.30pm - 8.30pm Wed 19th Jun – Information Briefing and Audition Workshops
• One hour on Sat 22nd Jun – Individual Auditions and Character Workshop (time dependent on which character you are auditioning for – see Audition Pack for details)

This show will require lead actors who can command the stage and deliver the complex storyline. However, the production will also require an ensemble of versatile actors, with good physical movement skills to create a number of choreographed ensemble scenes and to fill the many cameo roles available. The casting will be non-gender specific, unless specified in the character notes. Whilst some of the principal roles will require older teenagers to portray the characters, there will be roles for some younger members. Full Character Notes are available here:

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Macbeth

Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, with eyes set to greatness. Smart, brave and a successful Captain in King Duncan’s Army willing to do whatever must be done to get what he wants, be that politics or murder. Macbeth gets obsessed with prophecy and what that means for himself and his family’s future. Starting with a slight prod from his manipulative wife Macbeth is truly let loose, but at a great cost. The actor must be able to command the stage, be vocally confident and understand the text - they must also be willing to come forward with their own ideas and characterisation for the role to make it their own.

Download the audition script here (monologue 1)

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Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is married to Macbeth. If Macbeth has the brawn, Lady Macbeth has the brains. Powerful, manipulative and ambitious. Though after controlling Macbeth enough to make him do extortionary things, eventually starts to lose the mind that makes her so fearsome. Lady Macbeth must be performed by a very intelligent performer, someone able to really control the stage with presence and voice, with command of the Shakespearian text.

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The Witches

The Witches are the real controllers of the story. As intelligent as the other characters in play are, they are constantly battling the words and magic of The Witches. Who will be right? Will their Prophecy come true? We will see. Performers playing these roles must comfortable with physical theatre and the Shakespearian text as well as being able to bring some choices and ideas to the roles. We will cast the three main witches plus another 4-6 ensemble witches who will deliver some choral speaking and physical theatre throughout the play.

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Banquo

Banquo is a friend of Macbeth and also a fellow Captain in King Duncan’s Army. Brave, with his children prophesised for greatness. Banquo is as ambitious as Macbeth but doesn’t tend to be as extreme with his methods which leads to his demise. Banquo also acts as a conscience for Macbeth embodying Macbeths guilt for killing his dear friend. The performer must be confident in the use of the Shakespearian text and must be able to hold their own and have a good onstage friendship with Macbeth.

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King Duncan

The good King of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. Duncan is the model of a good and just ruler. His death symbolizes the destruction of an order in Scotland that can be restored only when ruled by someone of Duncan’s line. Whoever plays King Duncan must have a kingly and regal presence on stage.

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Malcolm 

The son of Duncan, whose restoration to the throne signals Scotland’s return to order following Macbeth’s reign of terror. Malcolm becomes a serious challenge to Macbeth with Macduff’s aid (and the support of England). Prior to this, he appears weak and uncertain of his own power when he and Donalbain flee Scotland after their father’s murder. This role has a great character progression within the play, so the performer must be able to portray the growth that the character goes through.

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Macduff 

A Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth’s kingship from the start. He eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth. The crusade’s mission is to place the rightful king, Malcolm, on the throne, but Macduff also desires vengeance for Macbeth’s murder of Macduff’s wife and young son.

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Other Roles (to double with ensemble)

Ross, The Sergeant, Lady Macduff, Fleance, Donalbain

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Ensemble)

Soldiers, Witches, Doctor, Murderer, Servant, Son, Attendant, Messenger

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The full audition pack is available to download here:

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Rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday 6-8pm and on Saturday 10-2pm. All rehearsals will take place in the Drama Block at Hellesdon High School.

The cast will rehearse for 3 weeks in July from 1st – 20th July, and then break for the summer (during which time they will be expected to learn lines). Rehearsals will re-commence on 2nd Sep 19 for 7 weeks before the show week. Not all cast will be required for all rehearsals and a more detailed schedule will be available for the whole period, once the show is cast. (Please note the change from previous shows’ rehearsal days and location.)