The Birds, hauntingly adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier, is ‘deliciously chilling, claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist’ (Irish Independent)
DIANE (late forties, fifties) is a writer, and through her voice narration we learn that she and Nat met randomly and are holed up for survival, in a boarded up cottage on the edge of a lake.
NAT (forties/fifties) is overcoming an illness, and as he recuperates, Diane sees his temper and fragility. As they move toward more cooperation in adapting to this stunning situation, they discuss the probable neighbour across the lake. It is too risky to explore who is there.
The tides control the arrival of the birds, and provide Nat and Diane precious time to forage for food. Debates take place regarding the risks of going to a bigger town. Everything is an unknown and safety is never certain.
Into this claustrophobic setting enters JULIA, a young (twenties/thirties), vibrant and flirtatious girl, upsetting the delicate balance between Nat and Diane. Julia has left a group after a harsh experience and is seeking refuge.
Julia challenges Nat and Diane in their decisions. She quotes from Ecclesiastics. "Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death." What is Julia doing? As time goes by, she gets closer to Nat.
They go off foraging and Diane is visited by her neighbour from across the lake TIERNEY (fifties/sixties). In his short time on stage, Tierney makes a mark. He frightens Diane, sows doubts in her mind and makes a particular statement: "They never saw this one coming, ha? No one ever thought nature was just going to eat us." Tierney's visit changes the course of the play.
Birds illuminates how people react when the world as they knew it no longer exists, when all the rules of life no longer function. Very relevant indeed!
By: Maria Reveley - Jun 21, 2017
What will the Director be looking for?
This play is thick with tension, not just because of the birds on the outside, but because of the claustrophobia, fear and paranoia on the inside. Read between the lines and explore what lies underneath the character’s words. What are they actually thinking/feeling?
The director will be looking for actors who are able to take direction, so don’t get stuck practicing your monologue the same way. The obvious choices to make are not always the most interesting ones!
Finally, consider that you will put yourself at a disadvantage if you have not learned the lines off by heart, and you are having to look down at the words in your audition.
Finally, try and enjoy the experience. The director wants you to do well!
WHERE: Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ
WHEN: Sunday 1st August
TIME: 11.00-12.00 Group Workshop
12.30-16.00 Individual monologue auditions
REGISTRATION: Please book your audition slot at :
DETAILS: Group Workshop
You will participate in a short workshop exploring the main themes of the play. You do not need to prepare anything for this part of the audition, although reading the play before hand will obviously be advantageous
Half hour break to grab a cuppa and have a natter.
You will be asked to perform a short monologue, selected by the director from the play. These monologues can be found BELOW
Performance dates; 20th-23rd October with 24th as a spare date if demand for tickets is high.