Character Breakdown

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Benedick: Male 25 – 40yrs. Self – opinionated, distrusts women, career soldier, sees the world through the site of a gun. LOVES a drink, would rather marry one than a woman. Rough and ready with an unexpected romantic side.

Beatrice: Female 25 – 40yrs. Female cruise director. Sassy, feisty. Has a deep distrust of men. Badly burned by previous relationship. Has a sharp wit and tongue to match. Feminist leanings but also has an unexpected fragile shell.

Don Pedro: Male or Female 30 – 50 yrs. Career soldier. Surprisingly rounded view of the world. Possesses tolerance, compassion, humanity & empathy. Loves a practical joke. Despite his /her common decency is still Slave to “brothers in arms” mentality.

Claudio: Male 15 – 25yrs. Gun ho soldier, full of life but still innocent in the ways of the world. Idolizes Benedicks behaviour and worldview. Has never been in love up to now.

Hero: Female 15 – 25yrs. Part of the ships crew. Sheltered from opposite sex by her father/ mother. Dutiful, obedient and innocent. Is content with her lot until she sets eyes on Claudio.

Leonato: Male or Female 30 – 50 yrs. Captain of the ship. Old sea dog. Likes a joke, strong sense of order & family. Dangerous person to cross.

Don John: Male or Female 20 – 40yrs. Don Pedro’s younger sibling. Massive chip on shoulder. Bitter and twisted about perceived position in family. Has absolutely no sense of what is appropriate. Has no filter in social settings.

Borachio: Male or Female 15 – 30yrs. Professional soldier – low – ranking. Looking to advance career by sucking up to Don John. Thinks he’s a master of devious plotting (A Machiavelli), but doesn’t think things through thoroughly.

Dogberry: Male or Female 15 – 30 yrs. Chief ships mechanic. Organises ships security. Has over inflated belief in his/ her own intelligence – actually a bit thick, but can’t see it.

Verges: Male or Female 15 – 30yrs. Ships assistant mechanic. Worships Dogberry. Eager to please. Delightful simpleton.

Seacoal: Male or Female 15 – 20yrs. Apprentice Ship’s mechanic. Genuine grease monkey. Always fiddling with his tools. Great mates with Oatcake. Thinks Dogberry’s an idiot.

Oatcake: Male or Female 15 – 20yrs. Apprentice ship’s mechanic. Surfie at heart. Only doing this as a summer job. Keen to visit different parts of the world, work on his tan, and surf. Great mates with Seacoal. Thinks Dogberry’s an idiot.

Balthasar: Singer/ Musician Male or Female 20 – 40yrs. Ship’s entertainer. (Sing and playing an instrument like guitar preferable). Perfectionist – will chuck a hissy fit if artistic “ process” is interrupted.

Margaret: Female 25 – 40yrs. Crew member/ bartender. Loves a dirty joke. Good sense of humour, approachable. Loose morals. Genuinely devoted to Hero.

Ursula (Double with Sexton): Female 20 – 40yrs. Waitperson. Mildly OCD. Freaks out if the forks aren’t straight. Bit of a prude and also devoted to Hero.

Sexton (Double with Ursula): Female 20 – 40yrs. Ship’s cleaner (in overalls). Puts mop on head and becomes a judge. Power goes to her head. Begins to maniacally sentencing/ accusing/ screaming at both prosecution and defence.

Antonia: female 17 – 25yrs. Daughter to Leonato Fitness instructor. Super fit, always working out. Strong willed. Not afraid to tell her Leonato off.

Dogberry: Male or Female 15 – 30 yrs. Chief ships mechanic. Organises ships security. Has over inflated belief in his/ her own intelligence – actually a bit thick, but can’t see it.

Verges: Male or Female 15 – 30yrs. Ships assistant mechanic. Worships Dogberry. Eager to please. Delightful simpleton.

Conrad (Double with Friar): Soldier. Don John’s personal attendant. Career soldier. Likes a drink. Crafty, manipulative. Doest trust Don John but does as he’s told.

Friar (Double with Conrad): A celebrant; drunken crewmember. Woken up to perform wedding ceremony – not quite sober – over enthusiastic, confused, likely to mix up words as well as slur.

Messenger / Boy: Male or Female 15 – 20yrs. Soldier – Benedick’s servant, but not a very good one. Likes a drink, enjoys flirting with the ladies, and doesn’t mind trading gossip. Takes a secret pleasure in tormenting benedick when he’s hung – over!