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Audition Call:
The Second Shepherds’ Play


Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) presents

A Medieval Comedy for Christmas

The Second Shepherds’ Play

Performance dates: December 14 to 17, 2017

The Project:

Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players, PLS is a non-profit, non-Equity theatre company affiliated with the University of Toronto, dedicated to the production of early plays for research and entertainment. See more at www.plspls.ca

The Second Shepherds’ Playis one of the most popular medieval Biblical comedies, written by the anonymous author called the Wakefield Master. Part of the collection of plays in the Towneley manuscript, it tells the story of the three shepherds who are the first to bring gifts to the Christ child, but only after a hilarious slapstick comedic romp involving the sheep-thief Mak and his wife Jill. This production will be based on the modernized script by David Parry and directed by PLS Artistic Director Linda Phillips.

Clown/physical comedy or stage combat training an asset but not required. Students are encouraged to audition.

What we’re looking for:

  • Shepherds: male or cross-cast. They sing (badly).
    1. Coll – self-appointed leader
    2. Gyb – companion and second
    3. Daw – younger apprentice
  • Mak: male, sneaky thief
  • Jill: female, wife and accomplice
  • Angel: any gender, short part – sings ‘Gloria’ to shepherds
  • Mary: female, very short part – may double with Jill


Will take place during evenings and weekends beginning November 11, 2017

Audition Dates:

Friday October 27 4 – 6 pm; Saturday October 28 11 am – 3 pm; Sun Oct 29 TBD (if needed or for callbacks)

To Apply:

Please email your resume and photo as soon as possible to director@plspls.ca (with subject line: Auditions) to book your audition time and location. Come prepared with a short monologue. If you can’t make the set times, submit and we will try to accommodate you.

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2014 – 2015 Season

Fulgens and Lucres
Co-production of Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Poculi Ludique Societas

This November, PLS will kick off its 50-year anniversary with a full-scale production of Henry Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucres, the first play to be printed in English (1481). Fulgens, a semi-serious comedy about the nature of nobility (like Shakespeare, but rawer, rougher, zanier, and written 100 years earlier) was intended to be staged as the entertainment for a banquet. Just like the original producers did, we will mount our production of Fulgens and Lucres for feast-goers in a grand dining hall with live music by Pneuma Ensemble. The opening performance will be a gala banquet in West Hall, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, on Saturday November 8, followed by a matinee on Sunday November 9. For the second weekend (November 14-16) we will move to the Luella Massey Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris Streetwhere there will be a more modest “banquet” setting.

**Due to limited seating, gala performance tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday November 3rd. Reservations for other performances should be made by calling the box office: 416 978-7986.

Director: Matthew Milo Sergi
Producer: Kimberley Radmacher
Costume Designer: Linda Phillips
Musicians: Pneuma Ensemble

Performances: West Hall, University College:

Gala Banquet: November 8 at 7 pm for 7:30 – Tickets $80
Matinee: Sunday November 9 at 2 pm – Tickets $20/ $15 Senior/ $10 Student

Luella Massey Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris Street

Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 15, &:30 pm
Sunday November 16, 2 pm

Tickets: All Performances $20/ $15 Senior/ $10 Student

Box Office: 416 978-7986

A Medieval Christmas: With Song We Seek Our Savior
Co-Production with St.Thomas’s Anglican Church and Poculi Ludique Societas

St. Thomas Anglican Church  383 Huron St., Toronto

Friday December 12, 7:30pm
Saturday December 13, 2:00pm and 7:30

Tickets: $20/$15 Senior/$10 Student
To reserve tickets call 416-978-5096

Festival of Early Theatre (FoED2015)

June 5-7, 2015

This year marks our 50th anniversary and as part of our birthday year celebrations, we’re staging a Festival of Early Drama on June 5-7 2015. The festival includes productions by over 20 theatre groups from around the world who are coming to Toronto especially for this special event. The festival will include international plays from the medieval to the early modern eras, and will be performed in English and some in French.

Most of our production companies hail from colleges and universities around the world and are old friends who have been involved in our previous productions of the complete 48 plays of the York Cycle (1977, 1998), the 32 plays of the Chester Cycle (1983, 2010), and other very large-scale projects.

This family-friendly festival will offer a mix of indoor ticketed performances, as well as many PWYC outdoor productions, concessions and interactive activities.

Check out the official FoED2015 website here.

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