Reading: Tuesday 27th March at 8.00 pm
Auditions: Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm
Kim Finn, director, has this to say about The Vortex –
A drawing room drama with a darker edge than your typical Noel Coward play. Viciously witty, but also revelling in deep family drama, inappropriate relationships, drug addictions and the madness of jealousy. The play offers two powerful central roles, plus eight additional characters, who all have the opportunity to display the affected, witty, viper-tongued attitude of Coward.
I’m looking to be flexible on several of the ages denoted by the play itself, so please don’t be put off if you’re slightly out of range for the part you’re looking at!
The Vortex’s central character, Nicky Lancaster, is a talented and fashionable, but feckless, young composer and pianist in post-World War I England. He is engaged to Bunty Mainwaring, a journalist. His mother, Florence, an ageing socialite beauty, has extramarital affairs with younger men, in an attempt to recapture her youth. She does not disguise these, creating society gossip. Her friend Helen advises her to accept ageing more gracefully. Florence’s new young man, Tom, turns out to be Bunty’s ex-fiancé, which makes Nicky jealous. Florence plans a weekend social gathering at the family’s country house, which promises to be anything but smooth…
Besides Nicky, Florence and Bunty, other characters are:
Preston, Florence’s maid – any age. Undercuts high society atmosphere.
Helen Saville – Florence’s younger friend and adviser.
Pauncefort Quentin – older man; witty and affected.
Clara Hibbert – a young singer, overly dramatic.
Tom Veryan – Florence’s new young man.
David Lancaster – Florence’s beleaguered husband; provides amusing realism.
Bruce Fairlight – playwright. Opportunity for comedy.
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