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  • 12 Spring Street
  • Onehunga, Auckland, 1061
  • New Zealand

Based on the works of
P.G. Wodehouse

Adapted by
The Goodale Brothers

Directed by
Syd Mannion

Audition Date
Sunday 22nd May

Dolphin Theatre
12 Spring Street
Onehunga

1:30pm - 4:00pm


Synopsis

Join two of the 20th century’s most loved characters, the effervescent - but intellectually challenged - young aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, in an evening of genial jollity.

When a perfectly delightful country weekend takes a turn for the worse, Wooster turns matchmaker to rescue the engagement of his host's drippy daughter Madeline to his newt-fancying friend Gussie. If Bertie, assisted by the ever-inventive Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his own cherished bachelorhood and marry the ghastly girl himself!


Director’s Note

Perfect Nonsense is an ensemble piece for three male actors who take on a total of twelve roles.

It is also a very technically challenging production and requires the perfect melding and co-operation of actors and backstage crew.

I am therefore also looking for a dedicated backstage crew to commit to this exciting production.

Character Descriptions

There are three male leads two of whom have the rare theatrical opportunity to display their versatility (and virtuosity) playing multiple roles both male and female. Ages are flexible.
Be prepared for some very quick costume changes.

BERTIE WOOSTER
Affable, affluent aristocrat Bertie is a naive optimist who always aims to please and is often called upon by relatives and friends to help them out of sticky situations. Straightforward everyday events can confuse him.

JEEVES
Wooster's ever dependable valet. He is the arbiter of taste and decorum plus a bit of a whiz when it comes to getting Wooster out of socially awkward and legally precarious situations. Jeeves rarely smiles but he is not humourless. Beneath that inscrutable exterior lies an intellect that fully understands the concept of irony and which quietly ensures he always comes out on top.

Jeeves also plays
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Watkyn Bassett
Gussie Fink-Nottle
Madeline Bassett
Stephanie Byng

SEPPINGS
Described as “doleful as a whipped dog, his gait is one of teetering exhaustion" the long suffering butler to Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia and whom Jeeves recruits because of his not inconsiderable talent for impersonation, of which, despite his feigned modesty, Seppings is secretly proud.

Seppings also plays
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Aunt Dahlia
Jewellery Shop Proprietor
Roderick Spode
Butterfield
Constable Oates


Production Dates

Friday 5th August - Saturday 20th August
Two week season only


Rehearsals

Tues & Thurs 7.30 – 10.00 pm
& Sun 7.00pm – 9.30pm
(TBC)


Audition Form

For perusal scripts, fill out the following form or call:

Syd Mannion
027 493 1668

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Additional characters played by Seppings

AUNT DAHLIA
One of the many aunts who are the bane of Bertie’s life. She bullies and manipulates him and always expects to get her own way no matter how outrageous the demands. Bertie tells us that “She spoke as usual as if she was shouting across ploughed fields in a high wind.”

JEWELLERY SHOP PROPRIETOR
The type of Londoner who pronounces “Hallmark” wivart-an-‘aitch. i.e. ‘allmark. He speaks like a working class person trying to sound posher than he really is. Think Parker, Lady Penelope’s chauffeur in “Thunderbirds”.

RODERICK SPODE
This character is based on the infamous Oswald Mosley, a British fascist from the early 20th century. Spode is a dictator-in-waiting, a bully and fierce, monocled thug with a robust voice that is used to addressing large political rallies - even when he’s taking tea in a drawing room. Yet he hides a surprising secret.

BUTTERFIELD
Butterfield is yet another butler, who shares, with all the other butlers, a smug sense of self importance and a barely hidden disdain for the people they serve. He deliberately riles Bertie by being excruciatingly obsequious and unctuous.

CONSTABLE OATES
Constable Oates is not a very bright policeman; in fact he is of the stupid, pedantic type. He demands respect but doesn't get it. He is fawning to the upper classes and a bully to the lower. Speaks with a West Country burr.

Additional characters played by Jeeves

WATKYN BASSETT
A fuddy duddy judge with old-fashioned ideas. Easily outraged and offended. Very likely to convict someone on the way they look or what he thinks they might do rather than on the evidence before him. Officious and pedantic.

GUSSIE FINK-NOTTLE
Naive in the ways of the world Gussie is essentially a little boy in a man's body. He speaks with a lisp and has very poor eyesight. He is fascinated by newts, failing to understand everyone else's lack of enthusiasm.

MADELINE BASSET
Lives in a fairy tale world of romance. She is described by Bertie as “A droopy, soupy, sentimental exhibit, with melting eyes and a cooing voice.” She cannot pronounce her “r”s which adds to her drippiness.

STEPHANIE BYNG
Selfish, calculating and only out for number one. She is about as subtle and empathetic as a cat is with a mouse. She makes no secret of her machinations and frequently advises her victims of her evil intent just to increase their discomfort and ensure she gets her own way.