Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Arts OutWest supports: Auditions for ‘Kangaroo’

Kangaroo

NOW CLOSED. ‘Kangaroo’ is a new play by Miranda Gott produced by Local Stages, Q Theatre and Lingua Franca. This is a casting call for three professional actors for the premiere and tour mid 2021.

The producers  are looking for 3 cast members:

  • Melissa (23 years)
  • Mick (50+)
  • Barbara (late 40s +)

Auditions will be held in Penrith on Thursday 15 & Friday 16 April

And Bathurst on Saturday 17 April

Please Producer Kylie Shead to book a time for an audition:

Kylie Shead

Creative Producer

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

105 William Street Bathurst 2795

P: 02 6333 6144

W: www.bmec.com.au | www.inlandseaofsound.com.a

The production of Kangaroo is funded by the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund. This work has been supported by ROUTES – a regional partnership between Lingua Franca, Local Stages and Q Theatre. Routes was funded by Create NSW and auspiced by Arts OutWest.

About the play

KANGAROO is a truly classic Australian gothic tale of regional and personal isolation. The funny and
damaged characters are vibrant, engaging and reflective of the diverse experiences of life outside of
the metropolitan Australia. The script is three monologues, magically woven together, creating a
poetic and compelling new, one act Australian play.

With a strong rural energy, this play talks to personal isolation experienced by regional Australians,
that people irrespective of their relationship with the country, can connect with. These monologues
are subtly intertwined, revealing each character’s part in the death of Kane Heckford – none realising
the others’ role in the act or subsequent cover up.

The underlying theme of familial abuse, revealing our communities’ ineptitude to deal with violence,
is cleverly embedded in the work without being bluntly political. This production will privilege the
emotional journey of the characters, leaving the audience with a satisfying, compelling and
confronting theatrical experience prompting reflection on revenge, loneliness, violence and rural
Australia.

Characters

Melissa (age 23) gutsy, independent, falls for the wrong guys, not academic but quietly intelligent,
imaginative.
A mother at 18, escaping a home life with an emotionally abusive father. Her daughter is now 5, and
Melissa is coming to realise that history is repeating itself. Although young and occasionally deluded
about love and life, she’s not a passive victim of her situation or background. She fights, sometimes
ruthlessly, to protect what she values and make something of her future.

Mick (over 50) quiet, loner, thinker, heart of a poet, never married, rough around the edges with a
gentleman’s soul and a velvet voice.
An enthusiast for his work – tending the sewage facility and collecting the town’s garbage. Once a
bright child, betrayal by a trusted adult forms his home-grown philosophy about life’s disposability.
He’s a self-taught natural philosopher, naturally charming and likable but with a dark side he doesn’t
reveal easily.

Barbara (late 40s+) academically brilliant in her field but has a limited life experience of privilege
from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, had a set of friends in Sydney but now alone and isolated.
As a former university lecturer, she is accustomed to being listened to. Barbara took early
retirement from her university lectureship position, unwilling to change her ways. She has just
moved with her philandering husband from the city to the regional town where the play is set. But
her academic understanding of death is challenged by the reality of death among farm animals and
wildlife, and her sanity begins to crumble.

See atached document for schedule: Audition doc