A block of flats. 4 different rooms. 4 different stories.
Room 16 is terrified of what the future might bring. Room 27 have lost their spark. Room 42 cannot find balance. Room 83 will never be satisfied. All of them are truly, madly, deeply human.
Confessions of the Romantically Challenged is a play tackling different issues surrounding the complicated, paradoxical, confusing, universal thing that is ‘love’. Each story illustrates people who are, in one way or another, facing a problem in the romance department. Using a clockwork structure, the play takes the audience through each character’s stories at their vulnerable hours of the day and attempts to convey the truth of human emotion.
This play will be going to the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, which will be running from the 12th-24th August. Please note that you will need to be available for all of this time, plus the preceding week for rehearsals. (As well as potentially Week 0 after the Spring holidays).
Rehearsals begin in Week 7 of Term 2, and will continue consistently until the point of previews. Previews will occur in Week 7 of Term 3, so you will still need to be at university during term 3.
Accommodation will cost no more than £300 per person, so also consider this cost before auditioning.
Extracts will be on the door, so no need to prepare anything in advance!
Room 16 — Juliette (F)
Meet Juliette: She is mild-mannered, kind, and a huge day-dreamer. Surrounded by the haze of their friends’ love and issues, Juliette treats the audience like her diary, diving into her deepest insecurities, fearing for her future and trying to swim back up to the surface. Juliette is simultaneously an idealist and a pessimist — she sees herself as having her own rule book, different to everyone else’s which allows everyone to thrive and leaves her to follow behind. Through the course of the play, the audience sees her journey to self-acceptance and to becoming the New Juliette. She lives at Room 16, speaking every night past 2am.
Room 27 — Melanie (F) and Ian (M)
Meet Melanie and Ian: They have been married for 10 years and are very used to each other’s company. Almost too used to each other, in fact. Mel works extremely hard, climbing up the career ladder and is successful in the job that she loves. Ian is unemployed. These two have lost their spark and the play shows the fragmented journey of them trying to find it again. They live at Room 27, interacting every day at 4:15pm, when they sort out dinner for their two children (unseen).
Room 42: Alex (GENDER NEUTRAL) and Jaimie (F)
Meet Alex and Jaimie: They have been friends for many, many years. They saw each other through school, but now they live together and struggle through adulthood together. Alex (NEUTRAL) is breezy, caring, unfiltered, uncomplicated and is the life and soul of a party. Jaimie (F) is intelligent, gentle and buried underneath cosy jumpers. Though they have their differences, they will always be loyal to each other through thick and thin. The play follows Jaimie’s character development as she matures and learns how to balance her time, with the audience viewing it mostly through Alex’s eyes. They take it in turns every day to make cups of tea, with each scene taking place at around 10:30am.
Room 83: Estelle (F)
Meet Estelle: Bored, fickle, sly and elusive, she decides to have a gander on a dating app despite being in a long-term committed relationship with the kindest man alive. One thing leads to another, and she finds herself in a sticky situation caught between the two. She speaks to the audience in anecdotes and talks about her predicaments, going deeper and deeper and abruptly bringing it back to superficiality. She lives at Room 83 and speaks at around 8pm.
**PLEASE NOTE: Estelle and Juliette are monologue characters, so will require a high commitment to line learning.**
Monday 11th Feb — Tolkien (5-10pm)
Wednesday 13th Feb — Harvey Milk (6-10pm)
Callbacks will be on Friday evening (Harvey Milk) or Saturday evening (Beorma), depending on availability.
*Auditions clash with DTA's 'Eurydice', so if you are on allocation and wish to audition then please do not hesitate to message the 3BUGS Facebook page or Lauren Foreman!*
Director — Lauren Foreman ([email protected]
Co-Producers — Phoebe Cooke and Jenni Everett
Stage Manager — Sarah Hooper
Designer — Thomas Kershaw Green