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Theatre looking for new talent for two one-act shows this autumn

Chorley Little Theatre is staging auditions for two shows this month.

Chatroom and Disco Pigs – both directed by Robert Walsh and produced by Mark Jones – will be performed together on Thursday-Saturday, November 13-15 at Southlands High School.

Potential pigs should head to Chorley Little Theatre on Sunday, June 29 at 2pm.

It will be the group’s first venture away from the Theatre itself.

Both plays are one act plays by Northern Irish playwright Enda Walsh.

Chatroom is essentially six actors on chairs facing the audience for the majority of the play with hilarious and disturbing dialogue.

It tells the story of six insecure, troubled yet mostly innocent teenagers who let the mask of online discussion push a deeply damaged boy into potentially killing himself.

Meanwhile, Disco Pigs follows a dangerously intense relationship between two childhood best friends.

What links the plays together, as well as the writer, is that they are both about troubled teenagers and both have a similar emotional core.

Initial character building workshops will take place twice a week in July, with potential filming for the Chatroom cast to also take place at that time.

Full rehearsals start in September and the actors/actresses should be aged 15-22.

The Roles

Chatroom

Jim (M) – Jim is very much the emotional centre of the play. Abandoned and abused by his family and with no close emotional bonds to lean on, he is very open about his emotions online. A very demanding part which requires an actor with vast emotional depth.

William (M) – Extremely intelligent, manipulative and calculating, William is a twisted person who clear enjoys pushing and controlling the emotions of Jim.

He is also funny in a dark way. Again, this part needs a skilled actor with good comic timing and the ability to be hated yet not a villain.

Eva (F) – Eva is as manipulative as William but her intentions aren’t quite as calculating, she’s just a bit mental. A bizarre, disturbing yet hilarious part that demands an actress with a strong emotional range and great comic timing.

Laura (F) – Laura is initially a difficult character to read, a vacant and direct character who later in the play becomes an emotional rock for Jim. Needs an actress with strong emotional depth.

Emily (F) – initially, Emily comes across as ditsy and flat in comparison to the other characters. However she is troubled with anorexia and has some of the funniest dialogue in the play. A skilled comic actress with good emotional depth is needed.

Jack (M) – Jack is very much the middle man of the play.

He is sarcastic and witty whilst also having clear moral standards and eventually attempts to take action against William and Eva. Needs a solid actor with good comic timing.

Disco Pigs

Pig (M) – Darren is a deeply disturbing character. He has a clear love for Runt that isn’t returned by Runt, which eventually drives him into a frustrated rage. A demanding role that needs a talented actor with vast emotional depth.

Runt (F) – Runt, real name Sinéad, is a more level headed character than Pig but still a complex one.

She is just starting to become more sexually aware of herself and slowly finds the intense nature of her friendship with pig too much.

Needs a highly skilled actress.

For more details email robert_walsh@hotmail.co.uk