|Audition Notice||Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick||
by Terry Johnson
Phillip Ley first appeared on the Tower stage as a dead body in a sack over half a century ago and in one way or another he has been associated with the company ever since. He gravitated towards the technical side starting with Sound Design and Stage Management and more recently Set Design. His directing credits for the Tower include Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Sex Drugs Rock'n'Roll, Telstar, Sailor Beware! and, most recently, Talk Radio. He has also devised The Tower Theatre Blues Brothers show and The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue. His musicals Paradise (a Rock'n'Roll Fable) and Return of the Marionettes have both played in London and toured to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.
The director writes :
After writing a number of plays based on imaginary meetings between famous people from Einstein and Marilyn Monroe to Freud and Dali to Benny Hill, Terry Johnson turned his attention to some of the central performers in the Carry On series of films: Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor.
Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick is set in Sid's changing caravan during the filming of the four Carry On films of the title between 1964 and 1978. Sid, a compulsive gambler and womaniser, meets Barbara and gradually becomes more and more obsessed with her. Kenneth has a close but antagonistic relationship with Sid, eventually finding that the one thing they have in common apart from the Carry On films is a particularly painful ailment.
Into this famous trio come Sally, Sid's dresser who seems very keen on drawing his attention to a particular letter from someone claiming to be the result of one if his many brief affairs; Imogen, the latest extra that Sid takes back to his caravan; and Eddie, one of Barbara's husband's heavies, making sure she doesn't get up to anything on set.
The play premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London, in September 1998.
As previously mentioned this is a challenging show in many respects. The central performers - Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor - are well known to the majority of the United Kingdom so the actors portraying them will not only require comic skills but also be able to convince the audience they are watching these recognisable characters. Definitely a chance for actors with these skills to come to the fore. Whilst Sally and Eddie are fictional, Imogen is based on the genuine character Imogen Hassell (the "Countess of Cleavage") who appeared in Carry On Loving.
The characters are :
Sid James : Forty, eventually late fifties.
Kenneth Williams : Late thirties, eventually early fifties.
Barbara Windsor : Twenty five, eventually late thirties.
Sally : Eighteen, eventually mid thirties. Petite, intense, in denial of herself.
Imogen : Nineteen, eventually late twenties. Attractive.
Eddie : Thirties. Huge East-Ender.
Please read the script before auditioning. It can be purchased secondhand from Abe Books or new from Methuen. There will also be copies available for loan from the Tower office. If you can't access it please contact the Director, Phillip Ley.
We are looking for the following :
Assistant Stage Managers
Note: This is a technically challenging play so continuity would be preferable although don't rule yourself out just on that score.
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director, Phillip Ley.