by David Williamson
Directed by Sahn Millington
Season: 10th February - 24th March 2018
Preview night 9th February
Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm
Set in the late 60's, Travelling North by David Williamson sees Frank and Frances decide to desert their former lives and responsibilities in Melbourne for the tropics of Queensland. It is a love story that also looks at the issues of family, the topic of mortality and the sheer frustrations of getting older. The play is full of warmth and humour and a great vehicle for mature age actors to stretch their talents.
Reading and Auditions
An open reading of the play will be held on Wednesday evening 1st November at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney. 7pm for a 7:15pm start.
Auditions will be held by appointment at Marrickville on Sunday 5th November 9:30am - 4:30pm, Monday 6th November and an optional Wed 8th November from 6pm.
Call backs will be held on Sunday 12th November from 10am.
Those interested in auditioning will need to prepare a short monologue (ideally around 5 minutes or under) from any Australian play. Audition scenes from Travelling North will be a cold read.
For more information or to book an audition, please email your CV and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals: Starting with two evenings a week to be confirmed with a Sunday day time rehearsal through November. Obviously not all roles will be required for every rehearsal. Rehearsals to begin mid November to December, break for the Xmas period and returning to rehearsal by January 6th 2018 if possible as we open in one month.
Bump in could be Sat/Sun Jan 20/21st or Sat/Sun Jan 27/28th.
Production Week begins Sat 3 Feb 2018.
Please do not audition if you cannot commit to those dates. Not all evenings will actors be required.
Frank: An athletic 70. Exudes energy and vitality. Intelligent and very sharp. As his health changes he goes into a decline. He is described as assertive with an air of confidence. He can be domineering and does not suffer fools gladly but has vulnerability and I believe is deeply in love with Frances.
Frances: Around 55. Elegant, cultured and takes pride in herself. Is also described as having "underlying tension and anxiety" however I see her as a strong independent woman who does not overtly demonstrate it. She is quiet and polite in her manner to Frank's assertive manner but it does not mean she is meek.
Sophie: Frances's older daughter. 30+. In comparison to her younger sister, she is seen as more 'self-adjusted', eager to see the good in things but at the same time does get stuck in her own thoughts. Has 2 children and becomes pregnant with a third during the play. There is an underlying frustration that she has not lived to her full potential especially academically.
Helen: Frances's younger daughter. Around her mid to late 20s with 3 children. Direct, incisive. Neurotic compulsion to ferret out the facts - has underlying suspicion and resentment of the world in general. Described as tough and intimidating.
Joan: Frank's daughter (small role). Early 30's. Intelligent. A school teacher. Seems to have a good relationship with her father, Frank.
Freddy Wicks: In his 60's. Bright, jovial. Likes colourful shirts. Straight talking, salt of the earth. Probably a bit unaware when he is unwanted and is overly helpful but heart is in the right place.
Dr Saul Morgenstein: In his 60's. Frank's GP in Tweed Heads. Sallow, gloomy in manner - is described in the play as manic depressive. Has a dry sense of humour.
Wedding celebrant / Gallery attendant: These two roles will be doubled up by the actor playing Joan.
About the Director
Sahn Millington is known for directing David Williamson's Nothing Personal for the Genesian Theatre in 2016 and is back again to direct Travelling North. She has studied directing and acting as part of a drama major at the University of New England where she directed Dario Fo's Open Couple. After completing University, she acted and choreographed for theatres in Brisbane. Moving to Sydney she has been a part of a number of productions, most memorable role, Martirio in House of Bernarda Alba (Empty Space). Most recently, she completed a postgraduate degree in 2012 in Arts Management at UTS and returned to theatre working in arts management, production and front of house capacities with the New Theatre, Bondi Feast and Art & About (Rock Surfers 2014), Carriageworks, PACT, Vivid 2014 and Sydney Fringe 2013. Directing credits include Short and Sweet Theatre in Sydney and Brisbane, Amanda (New Theatre) as part of Sydney Fringe 2014, Assistant Director on Simpson, J. 202 (Genesian Theatre 2015) and Production Manager for Winslow Boy (Genesian Theatre 2015), Director on Dinkum Assorted (New Theatre 2015), Assistant Director on House of Games (New Theatre 2016) and Production Manager on Consensual (New Theatre 2017).