Ophelia Thinks Harder

by Jean Betts (and William Shakespeare)

Audition Details

1st round of auditions: Saturday 5 May

2nd round of auditions: Saturday 19 May

Audition Location

Sunshine Art Spaces Studio
1 City Place, Sunshine

Please note: also rehearsal location.


We are looking for 6 actors to be part of this ensemble production.

We are also keen to meet with people interested in Stage Management, Sound and Lighting Operation, Set Building and Front of House.

Production details

8 - 24 November 2018
Bluestone Church Arts Space
8A Hyde Street, Footscray

Directed by Belinda Campbell
Cast includes: Sarah Clarke, Chad O’Brien and Jennifer Piper

Apply to audition

Email belinda@witinc.com.au with resume, headshot, time restrictions (for audition days and rehearsal period) and any access requirements. 

Successful applicants will need to bring a short prepared piece and be willing to read a scene from the play.

Cast will rehearse approximately 3 times a week for 11 weeks (beginning 12 August). As part of the ensemble, cast will be expected use Alexander Technique and animal work.

About the show

Ophelia Thinks Harder by Jean Betts

Cast: Total of nine actors (doubling)

The King is dead, the Queen has married his brother, the Prince is a hazard and the new King is a puppet. Meanwhile, Ophelia tries to please. Ophelia wonders why she is not enough. Ophelia is fed up, so Ophelia thinks harder. ‘How come I turned into a woman!!? Can’t I just stay a person?’ A hilarious rethink of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy – only this time Ophelia gets all the best lines.

‘A riotous reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet - with serious themes, nevertheless. Featuring Ophelia, her maid, St Joan and a couple of locals - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’. - Playmarket

‘Ophelia is reborn as a modern and free-thinking everywoman, one that experiences an awakening spiritually, philosophically, and sexually. The play fights against the conventions that trapped Ophelia in Shakespeare’s original play. Ophelia is the mouthpiece for every woman’s quandaries about her role, her religion, and her relationships.’ - Banbury Cross Players