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    Summer 2016 :: The Erpingham Camp :: Reading/Auditions

    YAT will next meet at Collis School, Teddington from 7.30pm on Monday 20 June 2016 where we will be holding a discussion and reading for our second Summer production, The Erpingham Camp.

    By Joe Orton
    Directed by Lucy Hanneghan

    Monday 20 June from 7.30pm - 9:30pm
    Collis School, Teddington

    The Erpingham Camp is described as Joe Orton's version of The Bacchae. He has modernised the Greek Tragedy and has set it within a Butlin's Holiday resort camp, politicising the story and commenting on the British government. The play follows the events that take place over an evening in The Erpingham Camp. Characters from different socio-economic and political backgrounds are introduced and they are forced together (despite their disagreements) in the same room to watch the entertainment provided for the guests of the camp. However, the entertainment organised last minute by Riley, the eager chief redcoat, doesn't quite go to plan. The guests are whipped into a hysteria and Riley resorts to slapping one of the guests in an attempt to regain control over the madness. The guests respond violently, and a battle between the campers and the camp staff takes place. The campers attempt to come to some sort of reconciliation, and are punished for their actions in the show and their violent response to Riley by having their food and beds taken away for the night. The campers start to riot and take over the camp. The war between Erpingham (the manager of the camp) and the campers comes to a head, with the campers breaking into his office and attacking. The play ends with the death of Erpingham.

    Character breakdowns and audition scripts will be available at the reading which you can take away to prepare for the audition.

    Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 June from 7.30pm - 10pm
    Collis School, Teddington

    Two nights of auditions to give you the best opportunity to take part. You only have to attend one audition evening. Please bring with you any dates you cannot rehearse as this will have an impact on casting.

    Character breakdowns and audition scripts will be available at the auditions.

    Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June/July/August from 7.30pm - 10pm
    Mostly at Collis School, Teddington

    As this is a strong ensemble piece, the entire cast will be required for the majority of the rehearsals.

    Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 August at 7.45pm
    Hampton Hill Theatre

    Click here for the official YAT Facebook audition event

    If you want to take part in this production but may have difficulty attending the auditions then please register your interest by contacting us on 0844 740 1970 or visit our Get in touch page.