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We are pleased to announce that our November 2019 play will be
By Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
By Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
Synopsis: Of the main characterisation and a few tips for those wishing to audition
Blackadder was, and still is an iconic TV series which reached cult status. There were four periods in history covered in the TV series, and we have chosen to depict the Elizabethan era. We have chosen three episodes which we considered to be the best mix and most suited to perform at our home at The Town Hall in Llangollen.
The Director will be looking for a close ‘copy’ of the original TV characters, as that is what people remember and the humour that goes with it. In other words, do not inject your own “take” on a role! It needs to have the facial expressions, voice, and moves of the TV actors. Don’t think you have to be perfect, but I need to see a similarity.
The three episodes that we will perform are all iconic, and hilarious, and should be a huge amount of fun both at rehearsal, and to perform. They are “HEAD,” ” BEER,” and “BELLS.” and they are all readily available on iPlayer at the moment, and are available to buy on Amazon. You will need to show the Director that you have done your homework!
And lastly, Blackadder is hilarious. It is farce, quick witted and when staged well is a gem. I want that gem!
The main characters will be in all three episodes and these are outlined below. There are also a number of roles, from the transient to the much larger role. They are all important, and all need to be cast.
BLACKADDER: The main character and was superbly portrayed by Rowan Atkinson. Lots of facial expression, droll dialogue and a total and utter disregard for his servant, BALDRICK. He is shamelessly lazy, sarcastic and cunning! Playing age: 30-45
BALDRICK: Blackadder’s faithful servant, an absolutely disgusting person who has no idea of personal hygiene, always appears to “have a cunning plan” and remains faithful to Blackadder despite being abused constantly. Wonderful side-kick to BLACKADDER. Played by Tony Robinson in his inimitable style. Playing age 40-60
LORD PERCY: A jolly hockey sticks type of Hooray Henry, always agreeable and amenable, ;but thick as …… He wears his ridiculous ruff with pride. Playing age: 30 – 45
LORD MELCHETT: Aide to the Queen, he is a Uriah Heap of characters. Subservient to Queenie and wanting to get the better of BLACKADDER. No love lost between the two of them. Played by Stephen Fry. Playing age: 30 – 50
QUEENIE: Queen Elizabeth I, in all her Elizabethan style of dress, she occillates between her affections for Blackadder and any other member of the court or, indeed, visitor to the court. She is totally without scruples (“let’s have some heads off today”) and is accompanied by her devoted NURSIE at all times. Played originally by the great Miranda Richardson. Playing age: 25 – 40
NURSIE: Gem of a role, devoted to Queenie. She was nursemaid to her, and doesn’t seem to realise the Queen is an adult! Panders to her, and often reminds her of when she was little and did naughty things. Nursie has a wicked sense of humour and uses her eyes to great effect. Playing Age: 50 plus
There are myriads of other roles but the above are the constant ones throughout the 3 episodes. Characters such as:
Kate: (Bob) in BELLS.
Flashheart: the larger than life “Flash by name and Flash by nature!” character!
Jailers: – one man and one woman
Lord & Lady Whiteadder: Priceless!
And so on: They will all be auditioned for, and the characters will appear on the website here during the next few days.
“Let’s see a super turnout. Auditions will be open, so that everyone else are able to see each other and therefore eliminate any doubt as to allocation of roles. Plenty to do, this is a big show and we need you all!”
Chrissie Ashworth, Director
Page 191 – From the top “Well God pat me on the head” to the end of Scene 1 “Well my faithful and constant”
Page 192 – Scene 2
Page 204 – Scene 7
Page 209 – SCENES 14 & 15
Page 143 – Scene 6 from “make yourself scarce Baldrick” to page 144 “I should give you this”
Page 140 – Scene 4
PLOPPY THE GAOLOR
Page 149 – Scene 8 to bottom of page 149
Page 118 – Scene 1
Page 122 – Top from “come in” to end of Scene 2
Page 123 – Scene 3
Page 125 – Scene 6
Page 127 – Scene 8
Page 127 – Scene 9
Page 135 – Scene 15 from Flashheart’s entrance “Flash by name, flash by nature” to end of Scene
If you are interested in appearing in any of our productions, or helping in any way, please contact us and come to the auditions (you don’t have to be a member as they are open to all). Also, just because we are called the Twenty Club doesn’t mean you have to be over twenty to join – we are called that because we started in 1946 with twenty members!
We are also looking for people who would be interested in helping backstage, front of house, publicity or tickets, there are many jobs available – far outnumbering the number of cast needed and all vitally as important! If you would like to be involved, even if you can only spare a little time, we would love to hear from you. We also hold a number of social evenings throughout the year, so you don’t even have to work to be a member!
We still need younger blood to come in and help across all roles, so that the reputation we have of putting on good productions with excellent sets can continue. It truly is a team effort to stage a production ? Come and try us out!
If you would like to be considered for a role in the play, but are unable to make the auditions, then please get in touch! If you would like to be kept informed by email of dates for auditions and performances then contact us or see us on Facebook.
The society’s first production was ‘Distinguished Gathering’, and since then it has presented over 100 separate plays. In the 21st Century, the Twenty Club continues its programme of events, visits and readings, and currently has more than 100 members, many of whom live locally. One of the founder members, Betty Lowe, is now Life President and still active on stage. We strive to reach professional standards in every aspect of production, and pride ourselves on the welcome we give to audience members, both old and new.
A member of the National Theatre for the Disabled, the club takes productions to a Cheshire Home in the Llangollen area. Along with other users of the Town Hall in Llangollen, we are working towards a grant application to improve the social and performance amenities in this fine example of a Victorian civic building.
Should you have any questions, or wish to find out more, then please do not hesitate to contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Following the AGM, we would like to welcome four new committee members; Chrissie Ashworth, Arwel Jarvis, Neil Evans, and Joe Clifford to the Committee, and to thank Lizzie Clifford, Lesley Jones, Dan Pedley and Jean Evans, for their support, loyalty, and commitment to Club over a number of years.
The 2019/20 Committee is now as follows:
(Secretarial duties will be carried out by the above until a permenant member is appointed).
Following the usual ‘business’ of The Twenty Club’s AGM, including the Chair’s introduction, the finiancial reports, and the election of several new officers, an enjoyable evening was had by all.
A buffet was provided, and we then got down to the serious business of ‘skittles!’
Pictures will follow, including presentations to both the winning and the losing teams!
The AGM proved an excellent oppoortunity to catch up with old friends, and to meet new ones! It was a great fun evening. Thank you for coming.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.