The Early Bird Audition Notice

The-Early-Bird-thumbTuesday 26th – Saturday 30th March

“She’s got on her little orange mac. With the hood pulled up. Turns the corner and goes to catch the bus. . . You don’t think, do you? You don’t think anything’s going to happen.”

1. Auditions

Auditions will take place from 6.30pm for a 7pm start on 21st, 22nd and 23rd January 2013 at the St Brides Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, City of London, EC4Y 8EQ. You do not need to register for auditions or prepare anything in advance. Please come on whichever day suits you. When you arrive you’ll be given a scene from a modern play to prepare. We will also play a couple of warm up games.
Recalls will be on Sunday 27th January from 10am to 2pm and you will be told the venue if you are recalled. If we’d like to see you at the recalls we’ll call you on Thursday 24th January to let you know. You will be called in a groups of 10 and paired with a Debbie or a Jack. Then we will work on some partnering exercises and a couple of the key scenes from the play.

2. Show Dates

We’ll be performing from Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th March at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. The shows will start at 7.30pm and you’ll need to be at the theatre at least an hour beforehand.

3. Synopsis

The Early Bird taps into the darkest fear of any parent – the dissappearance of their child – to brilliantly capture the nightmare of recrimination and loss. Debbie and Jack blame each other and themselves, and in doing so reveal the innner secrets of their own relationship. What I think is so brilliant about this play is the ambigouity of it all we never know how Kimberley, the daughter has dissapeared we don’t know how old she is, this leads us to focus on Debbie and Jack and the way they deal with their loss and how it effects their love for each other.

4. Cast

Debbie: (28-45) The mother. From Jack’s point of view she is a lazy, watches too much day time tv and feeds Kimberly too many Mars bars and packets of Monster Munch. From Kimberly’s point of view Debbie is a fun and loving mother who tickles her when she’s feeling down. Debbie is forgetful, she can’t remember the day her daughter went missing, she thinks she knows what happened, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. Debbie just wants her daughter back and until she gets what she wants she’ll blame anyone but herself.

Jack: (28-45) The Father. From Debbie’s point of view he is a lad about town, who only cares about work and who swears too much in front of Kimberley. From his daughter’s point of view Jack is distant but not so much so that he forgets to tuck his daughter up in bed and tells her ghost stories. Jack forgets his daughter is missin

g, he hears her call out in the night and he still goes to her room to tuck her in. Jack just wants his wife back, the wife who he fell in love with on holiday.

“So it’s my fault.”

Script extracts (please read)

Early Bird Script 1Early Bird Script 2Early Bird Script 3



Some of the rehearsals will not fit the standard Monday, Wednesday and Sunday format of a KDC show, so a full list of dates is shown below.  Weekday rehearsals are 7pm to 9.30pm, and weekend rehearsals are 12pm to 5pm.

3rd Feb
6th Feb
9th Feb
13th Feb
18th Feb
20th Feb
23rd Feb
25th Feb
27th Feb

3rd March
9th March
11th March
16th March
18th March
20th March
23rd March
24th March