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24 Hour Stage Project – Registrations

Blak Yak theatre is proud to present the 24 Hour Stage Project, where talented writers, directors and actors from the Perth area will write, produce and stage between 3 and 6 short plays in 24 hours.

Yup, you read right. The 24 hour stage project is exactly that; 24 hours to write, stage and perform a short play lasting between 10 and 30 minutes. We will be staging up to 6 short plays, developed and staged in the one 24 hour period, which will then be adjudicated for cash prizes.

This event is the registration deadline for participants – if you are interested in participating, read the information pack here for more information.

Who is the project open to?
Everyone over 18! The info pack goes into more detail about what you can do to participate, but in short, we want actors, writers, directors and stage ninjas to come along and get involved.

The Details
The 24 Hour Stage Project will be held at the Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park on the 21 April 2017. The Project will start with a mixer from 7 PM on Friday the 21 April, where there will be food and wine provided, with the official Project kicking off at 8PM. Rehearsal space will be provided at the same venue, which will be accessible for the second day.
The plays will be staged at 8PM on Saturday the 22 April, with adjudications provided on the evening. Tickets will be available for $10 on the door, so that your friends and family will be able to see the output of all your hard work. Seating will be theatre style, with nibbles and drinks available on the night.

Does it cost anything?
It takes a lot of awesome, committed people to pull together a 24 hour stage project, so check out the roles that we need people to fill, and how you can get involved. Entry into the project for 2017 will cost $15 per person. This entry fee covers hire of the venue, provision of the technical staff and equipment and provision of drinks and canapés on the evening of Day 1.

If you are still interested, have a read of the information pack and get registering!

Audition – Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Title: Audition – Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens
Location: Bassendean Community Hall
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Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

The UK cult classic musical “Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens” produced by Blak Yak Theatre in collaboration with Phoenix Theatre comes to the Hamilton Hill memorial hall in November, and we are proud to announce auditions will take place on the weekend of 1st and 2nd August 2015. Call backs if necessary will be held on Saturday 8th August.

We are looking to cast 9 principal actors – 5 male and 4 female roles plus chorus. All roles are speaking, singing and dancing, with a large dose of improv. All ages are stage ages.

“Cheers meets Red Dwarf meets Rocky Horror” in this tack-tastic naughty show set in a galaxy far, far away….
As the audience settle back for an evening of cosmic cabaret, all is not well at Saucy Jack’s… The evil shadow of a serial killer looms over the bar; cabaret acts are being killed off one by one, found stabbed by the heel of a sequinned slingback shoe.

The staff at the Saucy Jack’s bar are terrified but their boss, Saucy Jack himself, doesn’t seem that bothered by the threat of murder or the tragic loss of his cabaret acts – he’s more concerned it’ll be bad for business.

We meet and hear the dreams and fears of the characters in the bar: down-trodden waitress Booby Shevalle, talented young saxophonist Sammy Sax, willing barman Mitch Maypole and eccentric regular at the bar, Dr. Willhelm von Whackoff.

There is much excitement at the explosive arrival of Chesty Prospects, a plastic smuggling outlaw: there’s an eco-war going on in this part of the galaxy and fashionable fabrics like bubble-wrap have been made illegal. Chesty charms the bar, talks business with Jack and heralds the arrival of The Space Vixens who hit the ground singing their dance anthem ‘Glitter Boots Saved My Life’.

These super fashion crime fighters from a groovier galaxy are part celebrity, part super-hero: strong, sexy, liberated…and all woman! Their mission is to fight crime and liberate the universe harnessing the Power of Disco. The audience join these sassy space cops as they arrive on Frottage III to uncover the Slingback Killer and watch as they are drawn into a cosmic underworld where their unique powers promise justice, hope and unadulterated funk!

WARNING: This show contains crude language, adult situations, drag, bad wigs, disco beams and glitter! With music set to country rock, gospel, blues and disco, it’s everything a trash- talking musical should be!

The show contains no swearing, nor is there any nudity however the show is not intended for young audiences. It is brash without being offensive… It is sexy but not lewd… It is cool and crazy but never chaotic… and it pretends to be a little more racy than it really is. However, as this show has adult humour and dark themes, all auditionees must be 18 years of age at the time of audition.

To book your auditions, please email the Director (Lorna Mackie) via lorna@htth.com.au or phone 0413031509 (email preferred).

We look forward to seeing you at the auditions!

– Mitch Maypole – Male, barman. Dreams of something more, is required to strip to underwear. 20 – 30 Tenor

– Sammy Sax – Male, singing saxophone player – must be able to actually play the sax and sing; slightly geeky and dreams of a space vixen of his very own. 18 -30 Tenor

– Dr Von Wackoff – Male –psychologist, observing human behaviour in the bar. Narrates chunks of the show. 30 + Baritone

– Saucy Jack – Male – bar owner, acts as ringmaster of the cabaret, is charismatic, sleazy, strong and powerful – a very big role! 25+ Baritone

– Booby Shevalle – Drag Queen – working as an entertainer and cocktail waitress in the bar but dreams of something better. .Very strong female role, a great “transformational” piece. 20+ Tenor

– Vulva Savannah – Female, cabaret performer – doubles with Chesty and Shirley or Chorus member 30+ Alto

– Bunny Lingus – Female, space vixen, strong female role. 20+ Alto

– Jubilee Climax – Female, queen of the space vixens, strong female role. 25+ Mezzo

– Anna Labia – Female, Space vixen recruit – keen to make a good impression, strong female role. 20+ Soprano

– Shirley Tri-Star = Female, insterstellar space trucker – doubles with chesty 25+ Mezzo

– Chesty Prospects – Female, plastic smuggler – doubles with Shirley 25+ Mezzo

– various chorus members
Start Date: 2015-08-01
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2015-08-02
End Time: 16:00

Audition – Picasso’s Women

Blak Yak Theatre is thrilled to announce their upcoming production of Brian McAvera’s Picasso’s Women. This show is a series of 8 monologues which tell the story of the women (the mistresses, the wives, and the muses) of arguably the twentieth century’s best known artist, Pablo Picasso. Honest, brutal, funny, and confronting, this production pulls no punches.

The 8 monologues will be staged over 2 nights (4 each night), with performances on August 20, 21, 22, and 23, and again 27, 28, 29, and 30. The roles require strong performers who can carry a performance.

Each monologue will have an individual director, with an overall director ensuring the consistency of the production.

Auditions: Sunday, June 15th between 10am and 5pm.

Where: The Liddelow Pavilion at the Cannington Exhibition Centre (corner Albany Hwy and Station St, Cannington – where the Cannington Greyhounds race).

Auditionees are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue (no longer please) which showcases their talent. They may also be asked to read from selected pieces which will be available on the day.

 

There are only 28 audition slots on the Sunday, so we encourage you to book early. Bookings can be made at melissamerchant@hotmail.com.

 

Fernande

Fernande was Picasso’s first French model/ lover/ muse from 1904–12 and the subject of many of Picasso’s Rose Period paintings (1905-07). There is a quiet inner dignity to her character and sadness at the loss of the relationship, but also a person who is not afraid to speak her mind. This is a solo piece, a continuous monologue and so requires good memory, concentration, and recall. A great nuanced role, challenging but very rewarding for all actors and a wonderful string for your bow so DON’T be put off!!

 

Age range: Open.  From mid-20s +, as it is set in ‘limbo’ so can be viewed as any age or indeed ageless…

Director Rob Whitehead

 

Eva

Eva Gouel (real name Marcelle Humbert)

Eva is a social climber. She met Picassoin 1912, when she was twenty seven, and he was on his way toward fame and fortune. She died 1915 at the age of thirty from tuberculosis.

The actor cast in this role must look believably within this age range (27 to 30). She must also be able to portray a woman who is not in robust health!

Director: Michael McAllan

 

Gaby

Gaby Depeyre was involved with Picasso during 1915-16, when she was 27 and he was 34. Picasso began his affair with Gaby when his mistress Eva Gouel was dying of tuberculosis and kept it a secret from everyone – including his closest friends. At the time of the affair, Gaby was involved with – and eventually married – American artist Herbert Lespinasse. Gaby lived until she was 82.

 

The role: A 27 year old “ravishing” woman with a strong, no-nonsense character, Gaby comes from a comfortable family life, and has an allowance that allows her to live independently in Paris. She is already part of the artistic circles of the time and is not in awe of Picasso. Gaby – while happy to dally with Picasso – ultimately rejects him. The role is suitable for ages 25-80.

Director: Louise Carson

 

Olga

Age range:  40–60.  Picasso’s first wife and mother of his firstborn child, Paulo.  They were married in 1918 and never divorced, so they remained technically married until Olga’s death from cancer in 1955 at the age of 64.

 

She is a proud, strong, and embittered woman whose sense of injustice has driven her to the edge of insanity.  She still maintains her ballerina’s grace and poise, and shows glimpses of vulnerability.  This role requires the dexterity to switch emotions between comic sarcasm, vulgarity, anger, and melodrama almost without taking a breath.

Director: Joy Northover

 

Marie-Therese

In 1927, Picasso met Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977), a 17-year-old whom Picasso then lived with in a flat across the street from his marital home. Marie-Thérèse and Picasso had a daughter, Maya, on October 5 1935. Marie-Thérèse understandably became jealous when Picasso started to fall in love with Dora Maar in 1936. It was Marie-Thérèse who was the inspiration for many of Picasso’s famous Vollard Suite etchings. Marie-Thérèse died by hanging herself in 1977, four years after Picasso died.

 

The role: While the monologue is set after Marie-Thérèse’s death, the image of Marie portrayed is that of the ingénue when she first met Picasso. She is a warm, gentle woman. She was bubbly, bright, and cheerful, and is filled with nostalgic longing about her time with Picasso. Stage age late teens or early 20s.

Director: Lorna Mackie

 

Dora

Dora Maar was a French photographer, poet, and painter, best known for being a lover of Picasso over nine years. He called her his private muse who brought back his love of painting.

The role: Dora Maar had a remarkable voice; she was intelligent, thus the voice should mirror her qualities: alert, perceptive, often dryly witty. She can be any age from mid-twenties to mid-thirties. Dora exists, for the purpose of this play on two levels; the early Dora, a sceptical, free-wheeling spirit and independently minded. The other Dora however is the image of herself that Picasso constructed, and which she eventually became: compliant, doormat, hermit. This piece will have 2 women portraying Dora to reflect the different aspects of her nature and experiences. They do not have to look alike and the actresses chosen will have a lot of input into the interpretation of the script.

Director: Christine Ellis

 

Francoise

Picasso met Françoise Gilot in France, 1943.  She was 21, he was 63.  An artist herself, she lived in Picasso’s world.  Aware that Dora was “on the way out” Françoise knew what she wanted, and knew what Picasso desired.  They lived and worked, loved and fought, together for ten years.  Françoise bore Picasso two children but, eventually incensed by his infidelities, left him in 1953. The only one of Picasso’s women still alive, Françoise is a successful artist living in New York and Paris.

The role:  Articulate, intelligent, and resolute, Françoise is frank in her praise of Picasso’s genius and in her condemnation of his improprieties.  The monologue looks back over her time with him, placing Françoise in her 30s or 40s.  She is well-spoken, professional, and unequivocal.

Director: Jarrod Buttery

 

Jacqueline

Remembered by history as ‘the unhappy widow who was to emerge in all her malevolence after the artist’s death’, Jacqueline Roque was Picasso’s last wife . . . or perhaps his final victim. McAvera describes the woman as ‘single-minded’ who was ‘indisputably . . . a good wife to Picasso in the practical sense’. Jacqueline was very much a woman of contrasts – generous to a fault with strangers and yet perceived as miserly and vindictive with Picasso’s children after his death.

Age between 27 and 60, the actress playing Jacqueline should be able to portray a ‘doormat’, under which a feisty, funny and engaging woman hides.

Director: Melissa Merchant

 

Blak Yak 2014/15 Seasons

Blak Yak are currently accepting one act and full length submissions from prospective playwrights and directors for shows for the end of 2014 and 2015.

If you have an expression of interest  or require further information please contact us with a copy of the play via http://www.blakyak.com.au/201314-season-submissions/

 

Blak Yak like to provide a chance for both experienced and first time writers & directors to stage their performances. It’s an opportunity to propose contemporary shows or alternative works on stage. Submissions close on the 9th of August.

Blak Yak – Special AGM

We will be holding a Special AGM on Sunday 23rd June at 4pm.

We would love to see as many members and interested people as possible attending, as our last AGM was very poorly attended. GET INVOLVED!

Please use the Contact page to register your attendance and to get location details.

 

Audition – Season 1 2012, Summer of the Aliens

This is a Blak Yak production in association with KADS. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at KADS theatre. Auditions will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on 6, 7 and 8 December. It is 1962 and the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis. Meanwhile Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood living in a Melbourne housing commission, is preoccupied by flying saucers. His best friend Brian is obsessed with losing his virginity and local tomboy Dulcie is confused about approaching womanhood. From the writer of Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age, Summer of the Aliens is a coming-of-age story that explores the heartbreaking discovery of an imperfect world. This is a vivid, amusing and evocative play.

Venue: Kalamanda Dramatic Society

Louis Nowra
Sinéad Bevan

 

Characters:

Narrator – the older Lewis

Lewis – 14 years old

Dulcie – Lewis’ best friend, 14 years old

Norma – Lewis’ mother

Eric – Lewis’ father

Uncle Richard – Lewis’ uncle

Bev – Lewis’ sister

Grandma – Lewis’ grandmother

Mr Irvin – Dulcie’s stepfather

Mrs Irvin – Dulcie’s mother

Beatrice – a Dutch girl

Mr Pisano – the postman

Brian – Lewis’ friend

Japanese woman

 

Due to the nature and content of the play, we are primarily interested in casting actors in their late teens/early 20s to play the parts of the young teenagers. Successful actors may be asked to play multiple characters.

Auditioning actors are required to prepare a short monologue (comedy or drama) and cold read from the script.

Performance dates are: 22, 24, 25, 29 February and 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 March 2012.

 


Sinéad Bevan

0430 245 113