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Punch & Judy: the Real Story

A black comedy by Debbie Isitt

Directed by Ian Milnes

AUDITIONS: Sunday, April 9, 2pm-5pm

Punch & Judy the Real Story has been described as the funniest play about domestic violence ever written. To say it’s a black comedy is probably a bit of an understatement. Punch & Judy, often associated with traditional British seaside culture (along with sunburn and knotted handkerchiefs), is usually a violent puppet show with Mr. Punch gleefully beating a variety of characters with a stick –- most often his wife, Judy. Hmm, it doesn’t sound that funny when you write it down. It’s this dilemma –- laughing at something horrendous (the very definition of black comedy) that Debbie Isitt mines for all it's worth in her confronting and violently amusing play. 


I’m looking for two actors, one male, one female to play Mr. Punch and his wife Judy: Somewhere in the 30s to 50s age range. Must be comfortable with physical theatre. (I won’t require the actors to really beat each other with sticks, although if they’re willing . . .) Must be willing to improvise and innovate.

Please prepare a section of your choice to read (there will be someone to read against you) and be ready to read against other auditionees. I am happy to provide guidance if you can’t decide! I’m not looking for caricature but a “heightened reality” type of style.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10pm, and Sundays probably evenings (to be decided) commencing Tuesday, April 18.

Performances are Wednesday, May 31, to Saturday, June 3. at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday June 3.

Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Ian Milnes


0279 376 832



for the brilliant retelling of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic


by Ken Duncum

Directed by Laurie Mills

AUDITIONS: Sunday 23 April – Howick Little Theatre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

1.00pm – 5.00pm by appointment (other times by negotiation)

Email director Laurie Mills now for a copy of the script AND/OR an audition time to suit

On application for an audition time, you will be e-mailed some designated audition pieces. We will have people to read other roles in for you. If you have specific questions, feel free to e-mail Laurie or call him on 021 791 199.

The Director

Laurie Mills has been involved with community theatre throughout his adult life in Auckland, much of that time as an actor and director at Howick Little Theatre. His recent works include One Man, Two Guvnors for the Dolphin Theatre and HLT’s The Ladykillers. Laurie has also directed numerous productions for the Howick Youth & Children’s Theatre where he is a proud Patron.

Rehearsals commence Sunday, 4 May, at 5.00pm

Thereafter, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7.30 to 10.00pm and Sundays 2.00 to 5.00pm

PRODUCTION DATES: 9 – 28 July 2017

In the summer of 1923, New York reaches boiling point: the parties are longer, the morals are looser, the liquor is stronger and the jazz is hotter. Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate and veteran of the First World War, arrives from the Midwest to seek his fortune. He is soon drawn into the decadent, hedonistic world of America’s richest, but when tragedy strikes, Nick is forced to decide whether money matters more to him than his morality. Featuring dance and physical theatre, this is a sharp, vibrant and dynamic 2011 adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written.


Generic American accents required. Age ranges indicative. Character age where indicated is from the text of the novel. 

OLDER NICK: (40-70) The Great Gatsby is told entirely through the Older Nick’s eyes; he is the narrator or storyteller, and his thoughts and perceptions shape and colour the story. This is a major role; some of the time is spent observing much of the action; at other times the action envelops him. The Older Nick makes this a memory play.

NICK CARRAWAY: (25-35; character age 29) Fresh-faced and newly arrived from Minnesota to learn the bond business, Nick is also a cousin of Daisy Buchanan. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often serves as a confidant for those with troubling secrets.

JAY GATSBY/GATZ : (25-35; character age 31) a handsome man with a strange combination of friendly charm and formality. We come to see Gatsby as a deeply flawed man, dishonest and vulgar, whose extraordinary optimism and power to transform his dreams into reality make him “great” nonetheless. Very importantly, he also doubles at the end of the play as MR GATZ, Jay Gatsby’s humble, helpless and dismayed father.

TOM BUCHANAN: (25-35; character age 31) Daisy’s immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick’s social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him.

DAISY BUCHANAN: (20-30; character age 24) Described by Fitzgerald as “flawless porcelain”, Daisy is sardonic and somewhat cynical, and behaves superficially to mask her pain at her husband’s constant infidelity. Now a beautiful socialite, she loves both Tom and Gatsby.

JORDAN BAKER: (20-30; character age 22) Daisy’s close friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the play. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centred.

MYRTLE WILSON: (25-35; character age 34) Tom’s lover, whose lifeless husband George owns a run-down auto shop. Myrtle herself possesses a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation.

GEORGE WILSON: (25-40) Myrtle’s husband, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop. George loves and idealizes Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair with Tom. He is comparable to Gatsby in that both are dreamers and both are ruined by their unrequited love for women who love Tom. The actor playing George may also feature in other ensemble scenes and cameo roles.

WOLFSHEIM: (50-65) Gatsby’s friend, a prominent figure in organized crime. Before the events of the play take place, Wolfsheim helped Gatsby to make his fortune bootlegging illegal liquor. The actor playing Wolfsheim will also play a number of other cameos within the ensemble.

As well as the above characters, there are wonderful opportunities for 2 Male and 3 Female ensemble actors (or more!) who will play a number of characters during the play. Ages can vary between 20 and 50. The ensemble will also feature as guests at the sometimes noisy and sometimes dreamlike dance party scenes at Gatsby’s mansion, as passers-by in the New York City streetscapes, as bystanders at Myrtle’s death, etc. Some dancing of the period (Charleston) will be included.

All the better if one or two of these ensemble actors are SINGERS, as this will give us the opportunity to use live singing rather than recorded sound in the relevant sequences.

The director will undertake to use as many ensemble actors/singers as is practicable.

Watch this space for details of upcoming auditions for "DIAL M FOR MURDER" and "book ends.

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