Auditions 2022

Spider's Web

By Agatha Christie; Directed by John Metcalfe
Performance: March 21st to 26th 2022
Casting: January 10th 2022 at 19:30 in the Theatre

Spider’s Web is a typical Agatha Christie who-done-it with a cast of 11 – eight men and two women and one young girl. It’s full of the usual red herrings, a missing body a secret door etc.

Cast Required

  • Two older men (over 60s)
  • One man (30s/early 40s)
  • Leading lady (late 30s/early 40s)
  • Her husband (50s)
  • A girl (13)
  • One older lady (up to 60s)
  • The butler (late 50s/early 60s)
  • One man (late 30s/ early 40s)
  • Inspector
  • Constable

Director Contact
Tel: 01228 522977
Email: metcalfe1963@btinternet.com

One for the Road

By Willy Russell; Directed by Jason Munn
Performance
: May 16th to 21st 2022
Casting: February 22nd 2022  at 18:30 in the Theatre

This wickedly observant comedy by the author of Educating Rita finds Dennis on the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, making a last-ditch attempt to break away from the confines of his middle-class, housing-estate existence. Despite the fact the play was written more than 30 years ago, the middle class concerns of youth crime, garden maintenance and ownership of the latest ‘must have’ consumer items still ring true today.

Cast Required

  • Dennis Cain (The home owner, nearly 35)
  • Pauline Cain (His wife)
  • Roger Fuller (Neighbour)
  • Jane Fuller (Neighbour)

Director Contact
E-Mail: squeegie22@me.com

Straight and Narrow

By Jimmie Chinn; Directed by David Wood
Production: July 4th to 9th 2022
Casting: May 11th 2022 from 18:00 in the Theatre

The rare nature of this comedy, which surrounds the family life of a gay couple, will be a challenge for the two main actors. No matter how amusing the dialogue can be, the portrayals have to be one hundred per cent convincing. Although the couple gains sympathy from Bob’s sisters and their husbands, the constant struggle with Bob’s mother Vera is there to haunt them. Oddly enough, it is this mother-son relationship, which provides much of the humour. Finally all the family have to decide whether they rally round them or not.

Cast Required

  • Robert Swift and Jeffrey Shotter (Bob and Jeff – Contrasting in personality, Bob is amusing, artistic and gregarious and Jeff  is into physical exercise and healthy food. There is evidence to suggest that Jeff has been or would like to be married. Age around late 30s)
  • Nona (Bob’s elder sister – 40s)
  • Arthur (her friend – 40s)
  • Lois (the younger sister, heavily pregnant and married to)
  • Bill (a very unassuming man)
  • Vera (the classic matriarchal figure par excellence. She is the ruler of the family; totally in charge and commands authority at all times. Any appropriate age, in relation to the rest)

Director Contact
Tel: 01228 711798
E-mail: wyncliffe46@gmail.com

Talking Heads

By Alan Bennett Directed by Jason Munn
Performance: August 22nd to 27th 2022
Casting: June 7th 2022 at 18:30 in the Theatre

A Woman Of No Importance is part of the Talking Heads series of monologues. Peggy Schofield is a methodically fussy middle-aged spinster who considers herself to be a vital cog in the wheels of order and bureaucracy. When her health surprisingly takes a turn for the worse, we follow Peggy through its stages, employed by minimal set and subtle props to depict her situation. Persistently cheerful, blind to the feelings of others and, at heart, terribly lonely, Peggy is at once a richly comic and desperately moving creation, providing a rewarding challenge for a mature actress.

Cast Required

  • Peggy Schofield (see above)

Director Contact
E-Mail: squeegie22@me.com

The Odd Couple

By Neil Simon; Directed by Stewart Grant
Performance: October 10th to 15th 2022
Casting Date: July 20th 2022 at 19:30 in the Theatre

Following its premiere on Broadway in 1965, the characters were revived in a successful 1968 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. In the 1970s it also became a popular television series. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates. With his marriage breaking down, the neat, uptight Felix Ungar moves in with the divorced, slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison. Neil Simon uses the differences between the unlikely roommates to create some great comedy especially when two sisters move in upstairs.

Cast Required

  • Felix Ungar (A fastidious, hypochondriac news-writer whose marriage is ending)
  • Oscar Madison (A slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter)
  • Murray (A NYPD policeman, one of Felix and Oscar’s poker buddies)
  • Speed (One of the poker buddies. Gruff and sarcastic, often picking on Vinnie and Murray)
  • Vinnie (One of the poker buddies. Vinnie is mild-mannered and henpecked, making him an easy target for Speed’s verbal barbs)
  • Roy (One of the poker buddies. Oscar’s accountant. Roy has a dry wit but is less acerbic than Speed)
  • Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon (Felix and Oscar’s giggly upstairs neighbours, a pair of English sisters. The former a divorcée, the latter a widow)

Director Contact
Tel: 07966 714312
E-Mail: stutgrant@gmail.com

IT'S PANTO TIME!

ALADDIN

Written by John Metcalfe
(with additional material by Verity Ramsden)

Music by Jerry King
Directed by Verity Ramsden

December 2nd – 11th 2021, 7:00pm

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