Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre
- Audition dates: Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st January 7:45pm
- Rehearsal nights: Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Performance Dates: Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May 2024
Clare McIntyre’s play Low Level Panic is considered a modern feminist classic, examining the effects of society’s objectification of women. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in association with the Women’s Playhouse Trust on 11 February 1988, winning the Samuel Beckett Award the following year.
The play is set in a bathroom in a house shared by three women: Jo and Mary (both in their twenties) and Celia (‘possibly older but not much’). There are two scenes set outside the house, and the voices of two men are heard in scene two. Jo is worried that she is fat; she doesn’t have as much sex as she would like but fantasises about having rough sex with lorry drivers and being a beautiful, mute woman with amazing legs having sex with a yacht-owning millionaire. Mary, however, is the recent victim of a sexual assault, and wonders if the way she was dressed contributed to her assault. Celia believes that the right shade of eye shadow can secure life-long happiness. Forced to share the bathroom, the three women confide in each other, as well as with the mirrors, revealing their private fantasies and anxieties.
Playing Ages: 18-35
- JO (FEMALE) – 20s, carefree, confident, sassy, witty, longs for male attention, spends most of her time looking in the mirror and finding faults in her appearance, or in the bath.
- MARY (FEMALE) – 20s, recent victim of sexual assault, angry and scared to leave her house or dress herself the way she wants to.
- CELIA (FEMALE) – 20s, possibly older than the other two, seems to believe that all women need exactly the right shade of eyeshadow to secure life-long happiness.
Notes on character and casting – While the genders of the characters have been specified and actors would need to feel comfortable portraying a person of that gender, anyone of any gender can audition for all roles.
This will be a collaborative rehearsal process between cast and directors, so anyone with an open and adventurous mind with creative ideas is welcome! I’m looking for actors with great comedy skills and truthful performances. There will be exploration of movement and physical theatre, so the cast will need to be comfortable doing this, but do not need to have had any previous experience!
Actors auditioning, must be aware that we will be dealing with sensitive content, and all cast members will be made to feel comfortable in a safe working space.
I have attached some extracts to have a look at, they are for your reference to get a feel on what the play is about and the dynamic between the characters- (you are not expected to learn these)
Scripts will be available in the New Year, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the director directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday 29th Jan 2024 at 7:45pm
- Wednesday 31st Jan 2024 at 7:45pm
Tuesdays and Thursday
NB: Even though the auditions are being held on a Monday and Wednesday - the rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays