Bijou Theatre auditions for According to Rumour

Esperance Theatre Guild president and According to Rumour director Barry Wroth is looking for eight people to star in a new production. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Esperance Theatre Guild president and According to Rumour director Barry Wroth is looking for eight people to star in a new production. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The opportunity to be involved in laugh-out-loud local production will soon be available.

Auditions will be held at the Bijou Theatre for According to Rumour, on Tuesday, January 15 from 7:00pm. 

The play is a comedy with elements of mystery.

Esperance Theatre Guild president and According to Rumour director Barry Wroth, will cast four men and four women in the production.

“The play is about this young fella who has just gone through a divorce,” he said.

“He wakes up in the morning after his divorce party with a huge hangover and he has no recollection of what happened the night before.”

Mr Wroth said the plot involved a divorce, unexplained cash that turns up in the central character’s fridge, police involvement and some unwanted guests including a postman and the main character’s mother.

“It’s a recipe for mystery, confusion and mayhem,” he said.

“People start getting the wrong idea of what’s been said and who’s with who.

“What actually happened is a mystery right to the end, but it’s absolutely a comedy.”

Mr Wroth said the play involved multiple plots coming together and many different themes.

The four male characters are the divorcee, Carter, his best friend, Roger, a postman and a policeman. 

The female roles are Kitty Cat, a scantily clad woman wondering around Carter’s apartment for an unknown reason, Carter’s sister and his mother.

The fourth female role is Carter’s mother’s attendants who are twins, but played by the same actress.

Mr Wroth said there was a broad age range for casting, with Carter’s mother being the eldest role.

The play does not contain swearing and is open to all ages, but does include adult themes.

According to Rumour is set in modern times and was written by Robert Scott. 

It is the first full production at the Bijou Theatre since September 2017.

The production will be rehearsal intensive as there is a lot of dialogue.

Mr Wroth estimated the play had a running time of about two-and-a-half hours, with an intermission.

Audiences can look forward to a hilarious opening weekend on March 29 and 30, with subsequent performances on April 5, 6 and 7 and the closing weekend on April 12 and 13. 

Those wishing to prepare in advance for casting can get a script from the Esperance Library.

For a digital copy of the script email admin@thebijoutheatre.org.au. 

For any other inquiries contact Mr Wroth on 0412 999 665.