The Crescent Theatre

The Crescent Theatre is holding auditions for the following production(s).

Non-members are welcome but please read the note at the bottom of this page.

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The Judas Kiss

by David Hare

Familiarisation and Auditions

Monday, 1st September and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 7.30pm

The Judas Kiss examines two pivotal moments in the life of Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde's philosophy on life and love lead him to a dangerous and destructive place. He believed that: The truth of a person is only visible through love. Love is not the illusion. Life is.

Act 1 of the play takes place at The Cadogan Hotel in London on the day that Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment.
Act 2 takes place at The Villa Guidice near Naples in Italy and describes the night, 2 years later, after his release from prison, when the lover for whom he risked everything, betrays him.

Time Out, New York said of the play "Superbly written……Hare has taken a history that's already been written and pieced it together with heroic grace……Vastly rich, sophisticated and heart-breaking".

The performance dates for this production are 22nd – 29th November 2014, and hopefully, rehearsals will begin on 8th September.

The characters

Oscar Wilde
Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas) – Oscar's lover
Robbie Ross – Oscar's faithful friend
Arthur Wellesley – a young employee of The Cadogan Hotel
Phoebe Cane – a young maid at The Cadogan Hotel
Sandy Moffatt – the Manager of The Cadogan Hotel
Galileo Masconi – a young Italian fisherman

For me, one of the themes of the play focuses on the attitude of society of the time which permits a great deal of sexual freedom; society displays an uninhibited latitude towards sexual preferences – providing there is discretion. This seems to work for everyone except Oscar. To convey this, the script calls for Arthur, Phoebe, Galileo and Bosie to appear nude.

The scenes containing the nudity are there for a specific purpose and are necessary to fully portray the liberal sexual attitude of the time.

Please speak to me if you are interested in these roles but wish to discuss what is required or if you have any concerns.

Auditions will be held on Monday, 1st September and Tuesday 2nd September 2014 both will be proceeded by a brief familiarisation, beginning at 7.30pm.

Audition pieces (PDFs)

Oscar / Ross - pp48 – 51
Oscar / Bosie - pp40 – 42
Moffatt / Arthur / Phoebe - pp3 -7

Galileo only speaks Italian, so the actor cast in this role will have to learn to pronounce Italian convincingly. Help will be available for this, if required.

If you are interested in auditioning, but cannot make the scheduled dates, please contact me by email at the address below, and I will try to arrange to see you at a different time.

Many thanks,

Stewart Snape, Director


We are performing the above show at the Crescent Theatre later this year.

Since the auditions it is apparent that we have insufficient men for choral and group involvement. Although we are looking for young men any age group would be more than welcome.

We rehearse on Tuesdays and Fridays at St. Mary's Church Hall, Bristol Road, Selly Oak normally starting at 7.30pm.  There will of course be rehearsal schedules and all the cast would not be required on all occasions.

We can be found at or myself on 0121 421 1360 or mobile 07899 916995.

Many thanks in anticipation,

The Arcadians

Please Note

While auditions are intended for members, non-members are welcome to attend on the understanding that, if successful in reading for a part, you would be expected to become a member of the theatre.  This entitles you to take part in all theatre activities and to concessionary ticket prices.  In return you will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances and to undertake your required allocation of front of house duties.  Your membership subscription must be paid by the end of the second rehearsal.  Membership fees for a year are £60 (£30 if unwaged).  More details on Crescent Membership can be found in the membership pages.

The Familiarisation Reading is not an audition but an opportunity to find out more about the play, the characters and the director's ideas for the production.  If you are unfamiliar with the play, try to come to this to see if you would be interested in reading for a part at the audition.

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