A Midsummer Night’s Dream/The Tempest — 2019

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After the success of their debut production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as part of the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival, Fingerless Theatre is at it again.

Fingerless is a Sydney-based independent theatre company, fuelled by Artistic Director Alex Kendall Robson’s insatiable passion for classic theatre, in particular the plays of William Shakespeare. Alex undertook a Bachelor of Theatre Studies, and a BA (Hons) in Theatre, before going on to co-found Felt Tip Theatre Company, and Two Sticks Theatre, to produce work in regional NSW. He toured the state with his original-ish play, A Short Guide to Shakespeare, and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

In 2019, Fingerless is mounting back-to-back productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest at the Giant Dwarf in Redfern. The season is marketed predominantly towards school audiences, with morning and afternoon shows, and at least one evening for each play.

Midsummer has a confirmed week of performances 26th Feb-1st March, and Tempest 20th-24th May, with a soft hold on the weeks before and after each, depending on demand. Dates and times will be confirmed closer to the event. Supported by School Performance Tours, over 600 tickets have already been sold.

There is also the potential for a short regional tour, but this is to be confirmed.

These will be profit share productions.

Auditions will be held in October, with rehearsals to begin in November.

The plays will feature a small ensemble cast, live music, and original compositions by Antonio Fernandez. This season will be produced by Jessica Iuliano, with Daniel Cottier as assistant director and stage manager.

It is anticipated that actors will perform in both productions, playing multiple roles. As such, this is a large commitment, so we are looking for dedicated, reliable, experienced, and positive performers.
To express interest in auditioning, send an email to fingerlesstheatre@gmail.com with:

  1. Your headshot,
  2. Your CV,
  3. The role(s) you want to be considered for.

Due to time constraints, we cannot offer all interested actors an audition. To be considered for an audition, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience performing Shakespeare (ideally),
  • Considerable acting experience,
  • Reasonable availability over the next seven months.

Actors who can sing and/or play musical instruments will be highly regarded.

For the audition, actors will be asked to present two monologues from Shakespeare which showcase their strengths and versatility. Due to the anticipated playing of multiple roles in both productions, actors will need to be able to portray a wide range of characters. A mixing of comedy and tragedy, verse and prose, is encouraged.

The monologues do not necessarily have to come from Midsummer or Tempest.

The audition venue will be confirmed if you are successful in obtaining an audition.

There will 2-3 rehearsals a week – depending on cast availability – with not all cast members required to be at every rehearsal.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love is messy. Theseus ‘conquered’ Hippolyta with his sword, and now she is marrying him, which is a lot. Hermia loves Lysander – who loves her back – but her father Egeus says that if she doesn’t marry Demetrius, he will have her legally put to death. Hermia’s best friend Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he can’t stand her, even though they totally hooked up. Meanwhile the king and queen of the fairies are having a marital tiff, which is essentially causing climate change. Oh, and a bunch of amateurs are putting on a ‘comedy’ about two suicidal lovers…

This production will have a distinctly Australian flavour, but the text will be Shakespeare’s, with some abridgement.

Theseus/Oberon:                           The Athenian Duke/King of the Fairies.

Hippolyta/Titania:                          The Queen of the Amazons/Queen of the Fairies.

Egeus/Puck:                                     Hermia’s father/Oberon’s servant.

Hermia/mechanical:                      Lover of Lysander.

Lysander/mechanical:                  Lover of Hermia.

Helena/mechanical:                      Lover of Demetrius.

Demetrius/mechanical:                Lover of Hermia.

The Tempest

The sorcerer Prospero has had a long time to brood over past betrayals. Stuck on an enchanted island with his teenage daughter, a moody spirit, and a monstrous slave – a storm is brewing. And then who should come sailing by his island but none other than all his old enemies. The stage is now set, and this time Prospero is the one pulling the strings.

This production shall be carnivalesque in style, with some abridgement to the text.

Miranda/Ariel:                                Prospero’s daughter/his fairy servant.

Caliban/Gonzalo:                           A monster/A councillor of Alonso.

Ferdinand/Trinculo:                       Alonso’s son/A drunken fool.

Alonso/Stephano:                          King of Naples/A drunken butler.

Sebastian:                                         Alonso’s brother.

Antonio:                                            Prospero’s brother.

For any enquiries, send an email to fingerlesstheatre@gmail.com.