Auditions: Cast for ‘Dark Outsiders’

2008-07-10 00:00

The Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg is looking for actors for its production of Dark Outsider by Anthony Akerman, to be directed by Stephen Coan. A cast of four men and two women is required for the production, scheduled for October with rehearsals starting in September.

Roy Campbell — the “Dark Outsider” of the title — is the focus of this two-act biographical play which revolves around issues of creativity and identity, concepts thrown into dramatic relief by the love affair of Campbell’s wife, Mary, with Vita Sackville-West.

The timeline of the play runs from 1925 to 1935 with a short postscript set in 1957. Dark Outsider won the 1993 SACPAC Drama Prize and earned Akerman the 1995/96 Vita Playwright of the Year Award, but despite Campbell being from Natal, it has not previously been performed here. The characters are:

Roy Campbell. Aged 24 at the beginning of the play. English-speaking South African. An imposing, driven character, ebullient in manner with a deep core of self-doubt and insecurity.

Mary Campbell. Aged 27. His English wife. Plays a guitar once in the play.

William Plomer. Aged 21. Novelist and poet. English-speaking South African who is diffident in manner.

Laurens van der Post. Aged 19. His accent is that of a second language speaker striving for Oxbridge precision.

Vita Sackville-West. Aged 35. Poet, novelist, gardener and member of the English upper-class.

Uys Krige. Aged 23. He speaks rapidly with a lilting Cape-Afrikaans accent.

Inquiries: 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

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