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16/09/03 Calling all actors!

16/09/03 Calling all actors!-Body

16 September 2003


A Shropshire based drama group are seeking actors to audition for their Summer 2004 production.

The Shropshire County Drama Group’s (SCDG) most recent performance was this summer’s critically acclaimed rendition of Henry lV (Part One). Set in the grounds of Haughmond Abbey near Shrewsbury it celebrated the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Shrewsbury and played to sell-out audiences. For next year’s project, however, the group have decided upon the classic Shakespearean tragedy – King Lear.

King Lear is a story of justice, authority and reconciliation. With one of the most tragic endings in literature, the play is filled with disaster, insanity and betrayal. Nevertheless, it presents the central relationship between Lear and his daughter, Cordelia as a dramatic embodiment of true, self-sacrificing love.

SCDG are looking for people throughout the region to come forward and audition. Ken Allden, Secretary of the group, said: “SCDG is growing from strength to strength, which means that we would like to produce more than one performance a year. This is essentially a call for King Lear, although actors unsuccessful at these auditions may be called back for other productions. We are looking for adults who are either established amateur actors or newcomers with potential who have the time and commitment. Rehearsals will start in February and continue until the performance in June – often three or more times a week. The first read through will look at key scenes, involve some stage movement and so an ability to read Shakespeare with confidence would be useful.”

Ken also sees King Lear as a great challenge. He continues: “King Lear is reckoned to be the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, dealing with a range of human issues and is often seen as an ambitious play to put on. However, we feel SCDG has the infrastructure, professionalism and an award-winning director in Gill Kelly to support such a production.“

A read through will take place at the following venues and people are requested to turn up on the night:

Brooklands Hotel, Meole, Shrewsbury – Wednesday 8 October, 7.30pm

The Edge Theatre, William Brookes School, Much Wenlock – Thursday 23 October, 7.30pm

Further information is available from Ken Allden, Secretary on 01952 510344 or by email

Pictured is Ken Allden, Secretary of the Shropshire County Drama Group catching up on the story of King Lear.

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