by Barney Norris
Directed by Deborah Fabbro
Auditions: Sunday 20 June from 2 pm onwards
Audition Venue: Factory 8/ 417-419 Warrigal Road, Cheltenham
Season: 3, 4, 5*, 9, 10, 11**, 12*, 16, 17, 18 September 2021
Performance Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale
In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain a family is falling apart. Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care. Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family is forced to ask: Are we living the way we wanted?
VISITORS is a sharply funny love story that takes a haunting, beautiful look at the way our lives slip past us.
Edie – late 60s – early 70s. A farmer’s wife who has early signs of dementia. She can recall the past but more and more forgets the present. Despite that she can still be quite perceptive.
Arthur – Edie’s husband late 60s – early 70s. Reticent but wants to do the right thing. Sometimes cantankerous, he gives the appearance of being robust but is prone to falling down.
Stephen – their son, in his early 40s. He did not follow in his father’s footsteps on the farm, rather leaving to work in the insurance business. Somewhat estranged from his family, he is rather discontented and frustrated with life.
Kate – a university graduate in her 20s. Hired by Stephen to look after his parents she is drifting as she tries to decide what to do with her life. She is strong and empathetic.
Accents: Preferably soft ‘west country’ accents for Edie and Arthur. Less so for Stephen. Kate can be any English accent.
No roles have been pre-cast.
It is necessary that you are familiar with the play when you come to the auditions.
Copies of the script can be obtained by phoning or emailing the director, m: 0416 141 838 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehearsals will commence 4 July 2021 and be held two evenings during the week and on Sunday. Times to be confirmed.