By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on January 3, 2019
LADIES and gents of all ages are being sought for Spectrum Theatre’s first production of 2019.
Female Transport will follow the tale of six female convicts aboard a ship bound for Australia from Britain in 1807.
The drama will reveal the six-month voyage while the women are kept in a cramped cell below deck.
Co-directors Sally Forbes and Cassandra Hughes said they are looking for six women to cast as the convicts and a handful of blokes to play a surgeon, captain, cabin boy and first mate.
“People don’t need to bring anything, just themselves and a sense of humour,” Forbes said.
“Female Transport is primarily a drama but it has moments of gritty humour.”
Hughes said she performed the play 20 years ago but was keen to have her turn as director.
She said the play uses a very simple set and shows a lot of raw courage that the women develop while battling being trapped by both the boat and men.
“It’s quite a challenge,” Hughes said.
“It brings to life a really grim story.
“But I really love it; it’s interesting and it’s different, so I hope people embrace it.”
Auditions will be held at Spectrum Theatre on Proudlove Parade on January 9 at 7pm and January 12 at 1.30pm.
Rehearsals will be twice a week for at least three hours and performance dates will be between March 28 and April 14.