Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society seeks actors for new play

RADS rehearsing Arcadia.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society have put out the call for actors for their upcoming show in November, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.

The society had originally intended to perform Arcadia in March 2020 and the show was just three days away from having its run in the Georgian Theatre Royal when the lockdown began.

“It was immensely disappointing for the cast and crew.” said Arcadia’s director, Kath Torbet.

“We were all ready to go, the cast knew their parts, the props and costumes had been made, we were just all looking forward to opening night.”

The play was originally postponed to the Summer of 2020, but with continuing restrictions on theatres, and the Georgian Theatre undergoing extensive renovation work, the confirmed dates are now November 11 to 13, 2021.

“Unfortunately during this time several of the cast members have moved away from the area and are unable to take part in this production,” said Kath.

“This means we are holding auditions to be able to fulfil those roles.”

Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, a stately home in Derbyshire and the play moves between two time periods, 1809 and the present day.

It’s a love story, a farce and a tragic mystery, often called Tom Stoppard’s Masterpiece. RADS are looking to cast the following roles:

Hannah, a principal character (playing age between 30 and 40).

Hannah is a successful author who is researching the hermit of Sidley Park.

She is a strong-willed character able to hold her own against other bombastic academics with little interest for love. Her scenes take place in the modern day.

Valentine, another principal character (playing age 25-30) is the son of the present day family of Sidley Park. Highly intelligent, Valentine is not a people-person and is happiest when dealing with numbers.

Arcadia’s auditions will be held on Monday, August 9, 6.30pm at the RADS clubrooms in Richmond.

or further information please contact Kath Torbet on 07828 772444.

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal on November 11 to 13 and tickets are available from the Georgian Theatre Box office 01748 825252.