2016 THEME
Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies
Sherry Turkle

Extending on our Greek theme (Dionysus being the ancient Greek god of wine, pleasure and fertility as well as the patron of Drama), allow us to introduce Areté. The word Areté originates in ancient Greece and has many interpretations. While difficult to accurately translate, it is generally understood to mean striving for excellence, being the best that you can be and is also wound up in the notion of moral virtue. Dionysus aims to present a theme each year that not only sparks reflection of our society and its morals but also to provide a platform for artists of all theatrical natures to hone their craft, providing support for excellence and an audience for feedback. As the second Areté festival, the 2016 offering is Areté Beta.

Four writers have submitted work that explores their own interpretation of the theme and these four pieces will be presented by four local directors in Dionysus’ unique one-act play festival. Each play will be connected not only by theme but also by a signature set piece that remains onstage throughout all performances. Three local artists will also respond to the theme through the creation of this set piece, an exhibition in the foyer of the theatre and short episodes performed between each play.

SEASON DATES: 12th, 13th & 14th May

2016 PLAYS
EDIT AND DELETE written by Shane Isheev and directed by Jett Thomas
BED HEAD written by Matt Allen and directed by Beck Benson
CARDS written by Emma Workman Bolt and directed by Lenora Locatelli
ON THE LINE written and directed by Coral Drouyn

2016 ARTISTS
Erson Carbajosa – Exhibition
David Hatcher – Signature Set Piece
Pearce Hessling – Episodes

2016 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Emma Sproule

AUDITION DETAILS
Auditions will be held for four listed plays above on Saturday, March 5th: 10am-5pm

Each auditionee will appear before a panel of all directors for a single auditions. They may only be auditioning for a single role or more than one. The roles are listed in the following section.

Nothing needs to be prepared in advance, however, you are advised to arrive at the audition at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time as you will need to both fill out a form and allow time to read through the set script excerpt/s you will need to present in your audition.

Should you have any further questions about the festival, please email and ask me, Emma Sproule.

Contact for an audition time.

Will Bentley

EDIT AND DELETE – 2 MALES 1 FEMALE
Will & Georgia Bentley are dealing with the unthinkable, the loss of their son. It’s been twelve months since Sean died & Will & Georgia must deal with the practicalities. Packing up his room, shutting down his social media accounts. The parents soon realise they may not have known their son as well as they thought & maybe his death isn’t what it seemed.

Will has questions about his marriage and the death of his son – but is too scared to face the answers.

Males, aged 30 to 50 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Languages:
    English


Apply now

Georgia Bentley

EDIT AND DELETE – 2 MALES 1 FEMALE
Will & Georgia Bentley are dealing with the unthinkable, the loss of their son. It’s been twelve months since Sean died & Will & Georgia must deal with the practicalities. Packing up his room, shutting down his social media accounts. The parents soon realise they may not have known their son as well as they thought & maybe his death isn’t what it seemed.

Georgia is repressed by grief. She struggles to make sense of the world she now lives in.

Females, aged 30 to 50 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

Sean Bentley

EDIT & DELETE – 2 MALES 1 FEMALE
Will & Georgia Bentley are dealing with the unthinkable, the loss of their son. It’s been twelve months since Sean died & Will & Georgia must deal with the practicalities. Packing up his room, shutting down his social media accounts. The parents soon realise they may not have known their son as well as they thought & maybe his death isn’t what it seemed.

Sean’s an awkward, socially inept young man in the living world. An articulate charmer in the afterlife.

Males, aged 18 to 25 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

Sophie

CARDS – 2 FEMALES
SW (female support worker) attempts to connect and communicate with Sophie from the other side of the door. Both have phones.

SOPHIE – 20 year old woman in care since age 14 when relinquished by mother. Multiple diagnosis – depression, dependence on self harm to cope, mild intellectual impairment due FASD – fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Females, aged 18 to 26 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

Ned

ON THE LINE – 1 MALE, 1 FEMALE
Ned & Faye Dickens are senior empty nesters who have been married 40 years. Their differences didn’t matter so much when they were younger, but now they have grown apart. Ned has made technology his friend. Faye wants her world back the way it was in the 60s-70s, “before the invasion”. She sees technology as her enemy. Initially a funny and whimsical view of how OLDIES deal with the new world, the play becomes exponentially blacker.

Males, aged 55 to 75 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

Faye

ON THE LINE – 1 MALE, 1 FEMALE
Ned & Faye Dickens are senior empty nesters who have been married 40 years. Their differences didn’t matter so much when they were younger, but now they have grown apart. Ned has made technology his friend. Faye wants her world back the way it was in the 60s-70s, “before the invasion”. She sees technology as her enemy. Initially a funny and whimsical view of how OLDIES deal with the new world, the play becomes exponentially blacker.

Females, aged 55 to 75 from Victoria, Australia

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

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