Look Back in Anger
7.30pm, Sat 25th - Mon 27th Nov @ Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College
“Why don't we have a little game? Let's pretend that we're human beings, and that we're actually alive.”
The play that best captures the blistering rage felt by an unfulfilled, neglected generation, Look Back in Anger introduced the world to the ‘angry young man’, an archetype as relevant today as it was when the play burst onto the stage in 1956.
At once a study of isolation and engulfing, poisonous relationships, the play follows Jimmy Porter as he struggles to connect with those around him and rise above the callous monotony of his fledgling marriage. The issues of today’s youth, furiously voiced through those of the past.
Further audition information:
Look Back in Anger is seeking a cast of five super-talented actors to bring John Osborne’s intense kitchen sink drama to life.
Roles will be race-blind and all are welcome, regardless of experience. Sessions are drop-in and extracts will be available on the door.
The roles up for grabs are…
Jimmy – The original ‘angry young man’, Jimmy is working-class and well-educated. Unhappy with his position in life but unable to free himself from domestic tedium, he longs for something more in life, but seems unable to find it. A persistent figure of embittered rage, Jimmy’s aggression nonetheless underlies an overwhelming fear and insecurity. Resentful of his wife and at times callous and cruel, Jimmy is nonetheless bleakly humorous and often childish, his most vitriolic statements mainly intending to shock, continually goading and insulting those around him in the hopes of seeing some signs of life.
Alison – Jimmy’s wife and the brunt of perpetual vitriolic remarks, Alison seems at times resigned to her husband’s treatment, yet still displays a weary strength and finds herself unable to escape her harmful love for Jimmy. Her current surroundings are far from those she experienced in her upper-class upbringing, but her privileged past is still resented by her husband who believes her never to have experienced true suffering.
Cliff – Jimmy and Alison’s Welsh lodger, and an integral part of the household dynamic. Feeling a strong affection for both Jimmy and Alison, he is often caught between the two, rendered somewhat useless as he struggles to find the confidence to stop Jimmy when he goes too far. Appreciated by Jimmy for his simple and working-class nature, Cliff is nonetheless tender, humorous, and often the most perceptive character in the play.
Helen – Alison’s friend who comes to stay. Her confident, moralistic nature and care for her friend lead her to defy Jimmy in a way the other two seem unable. Her vitriol against the man appears to underlie a hidden attraction however, just as his scorn for her upper-class upbringing and religious ideals seem to disguise his for her.
Colonel Redfern – Significantly older than the other characters, Redfern is Alison’s father. Puzzled by his daughter’s marriage, and blaming himself, he serves as a counterpoint to Jimmy’s rage. An embodiment of the old society which the younger man claims to rail against, Redfern is remorseful and lost in his own way, a weary man, left behind as time and society progresses.
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