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Saturday, June 09, 2007


It's always dangerous to have a clear idea in your mind about what you're looking for from a cast, but I have a clear idea in my mind for TREASURE ISLAND.

I am looking for a cast that look genuinely like pirates. I would like the audience to wonder where on earth we managed to find such a group of people. I have visions of Simon saying to his Mum "can we meet the actors after the show?" and Mum finding 327 reasons why they have to go home straight away.

Of course finding ten men who look convincingly like pirates, who are also going to get along well with each other and be fabulous to work with, could be hard.

But what I am desperately trying to avoid is the cast that look like ten actors trying to be pirates. There's something so intriguing about the characters in the book that it would be such a shame to stage a pale imitation of the sort of men Stevenson was writing about.

The hunt begins in 10 days!


At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'but mummy (tuggs dress) i want to see the pirates'

'er.. well..I'm sorry dear but we really must dash!'

'But why...'

'Well because....mummy has left the gas on.'


'And she thinks she might have left the cat in the microwave...and the dog in the dryer.... and frankly darling, daddy wouldn't like it, he says it makes him feel inadequate... mind you, i have to admit i agree with him...actualy darling change of plan. Wait here and hold mummies bag while she goes and meets some real men!'

anyway enough of that rubbish. I have to say i agree with you. I have seen a few piraty things (not that i am pirate obsessed or anything...*shuffles Feet*) that have used modle/very dancery type actors dressed up as pirates, and it can look terribly panto... or some kinky add for a perfume. Treasure Island needs that sort of roughness and reality. God i love treasure island! I can only Imagine how good your productions going to be.

Chris :)

At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neal try and find out if my Johnny Depp is free! The audiences would flood in, and so would I!!!! ha ha

Hope ya well


At 5:21 PM, Blogger Neal Foster said...

It's the age old problem: Johnny was happy to do the run at The Old Rep but he couldn't commit to the tour and I really need the cast to do both, so we had to say no.

He was gutted.

We sent him chocolates.

He sent them back.

We understand his disappointment.

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I'd known I'd've worn an eye patch in my headshot.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*quickly phones agent to send headshot with bandana, and tricorn.*


If those chocolates are going spare... *eyes them greedily*....

Mind you Mr. Depps shouldn't be eating chocolates... he's fat enoughy already. We can't all be slender little twigs like me... ahem...

At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fat enough! how dare you say that about my future husband Chris!

Johnny sends his love.


At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol! sorry johnny future husband to anonymous... It's just that being that talented and that good looking should be illegal. *if i ever rule the world...*


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Foster,
My agent didn't even ask me about this, but for your information I'm happy to tour.

Best wishes,
Johnny Depp

PS. I never got the chocolates either. Please re send with my contract.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Thor Holt said...

Er I look pretty much like a pirate when waking on a Sunday with a hangover... Should I send in a head shot? On second thoughts I won't... Auditions are such a bore!!

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh give the man a vodka and give him the part tomorrow lol

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have it on good authority... my own... that johnny is leaving his wife, and kid for that matter, to settle down for a nice life of debauchery with you!

But you have to ask yourself one thing, are you like my sister in that she only desperatly fancies him when he's jack sparrow. cos frankly he'l probably only smell of sweat and rum.


At 10:45 AM, Blogger Christopher Barlow said...

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