Auditions – 2023 Season

Funny Money

By Ray Cooney; Directed by Janice Nixon

Performance: 20th to 25th March 2023
Casting: 13th December 2022 19:00 at the Theatre.

Ray Cooney is the master of farce and in this fast-paced hilarious script Henry A. Perkins, a mild-mannered accountant accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase one full of money. Henry assuming it is illicit cash decides to keep it and rushes home to book one-way fares to anywhere. He tells his confused wife to leave everything behind; The doorbell rings as they wait for their taxi. Their friends arrive for the dinner party, the police detective arrives who thinks Henry was soliciting in the men’s room of the local pub. Another detective arrives thinking Henry is dead; with his inept attempts to extricate himself from this impossible situation it leads to increasingly hysterical situations.

Cast Required

  • Henry Perkins – An insignificant man in his early 50s
  • Jean Perkins – A pretty but ordinary woman in her late 40s
  • Bill – A middle-aged London taxi driver of spirit.
  • Davenport – A sparse middle-aged man with a knowing glint in his eye.
  • Slater  – A solicitous and kindly soul – until provoked.
  • Betty Johnson – A buxom and cheerful woman in her 40s
  • Vic Johnson – A brash man with feet of clay
  • Mr Big – Aka Mr Briefcase.
  • Passer By – A large man.

Accents: southern-ish. Except Bill (taxi driver) who should speak like a typical London cabby and Mr Big who should have a generic foreign accent.

Contact details: jenixon2017@gmail.com; Telephone: 07932 181 409

Things I Know To Be True

By Andrew Bovell; Directed by Jessie Southwell

Performance: 15th – 20th May 2023
Casting: 27th February 2023 at 19:00 in the Theatre

Funny, poignant and heartbreaking, Things I Know to be True examines the dynamics of a family and how they understand truth in the face of tragedy. Bob and Fran have four adult children, all trying to define themselves separately from their parents’ expectations. The play is about family love. Sometimes comforting and supportive, sometimes suffocating and destructive. But always love.

Cast Required

  • Fran Price – The mother of the family and a senior nurse. She calls a spade a spade, and can be both harsh and unfair on some of her children, but her love for them all is palpable. She is torn between her yearning for independence, and her responsibilities to her beloved family. (aged 50+)
  • Bob Price – The father of the family. He has retired earlier than anticipated, having taken a redundancy package from the car company he worked for. He often unwittingly makes remarks that add comedy to serious or tense moments. Bob’s prized possessions are his children and his roses. (a little older than Fran)
  • Rosie Price – The youngest child. At the start of the play she has returned from a disastrous gap year. She wants her independence, but loves all her family very dearly. As their baby, Fran and Bob see Rosie as the opportunity to carry on their legacy the way they want to, keeping her close and always in contact. (aged 19)
  • Pip Price – The eldest child. She feels distanced from her mother as she always felt like she was the least favoured sibling. This results in conflict between mother and daughter. (aged 30ish)
  • Mark Price – The elder son. He comes out as transgender in the second half of the play, announcing that his name will now be Mia.  Bob and Fran greet the news with shock and hostility. Mark is particularly close to Rosie. (late 20s)
  • Ben Price – The younger son. He appears to be the highest achieving of the family, and Fran’s favourite, but eventually Bob discovers that Ben has been stealing large sums of money from his firm. (mid/late 20s)

Contact details: jessiesouthwell@talktalk.net; Telephone: 07920 124 774

Strictly Murder

By Brian Clemens; Directed by David Wood

Performance: July 3rd to 8th 2023
Casting: 4th April, 18:00 to 20:00 in the bar.
(If this is too early and you are interested in reading for any part, I will stay on later, if you could let me know in advance)

Who is this man, Peter Meredith? Why is he a fugitive on the run?  Why is his wife so horrified by his intentions and is their unborn child safe from harm. Set in the exotic lavender fields of Provence, life should be an idyllic existence for the Merediths. Making a living from farming and selling his paintings of poppies in the market square, the existence could not be sweeter in a setting which will be ideal for bringing up their child. Then comes a bitter blow, not, as it happens, the onset of war, but when Suzy Meredith realises that her husband is not the man she thinks he is. This man is being hunted by Scotland Yard and tortured by his past? The secrets of this unique thriller will be revealed on the above dates, when a ruthless killer on the run is finally brought to justice in a terrifying denouement.” Notes: a) The performances will contain reports relating replica hand guns which will be ‘on’ stage. b) One of the characters in the play is suffering from a mental illness of an undisclosed nature.

Cast Required

  • Josef – A middle aged handyman
  • Peter Meredith – An artist, any age between 30 and 50
  • Suzy Hinchcliffe – Younger than Peter
  • Inspector Ross – Age not important
  • Miriam Miller – His assistant

Contact details: wyncliffe46@gmail.com; Telephone: 01228 711 798

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Rosser)

By Austin Rosser; Directed by Jason Munn

Performance: 14th – 19th August 2023
Casting: 13th June at 18:30 in the Theatre

Murder, Mirth & Mayhem – The legend of the demon barber dates back to 14th century France. Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as the murderer of the Victorian penny dreadful The String of Pearls (1846–1847). He was later introduced as an antihero in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and its film adaptation of the same name. Claims that Sweeney Todd was an historical person are strongly disputed by scholars although possible legendary prototypes exist. This is not the musical! A thriller in two acts. The play starts in Sweeney Todd’s Barber shop. It is morning and early spring. Apart from a surprising change of heart and bid for sympathy at the final moments of this version of the classic story, Todd glories in his villainies throughout and gleefully slaughters right and left until the cast is almost eliminated. Commendably, the story is treated seriously and poking fun is discouraged.

Time Period – Nineteenth Century
Features – Period Costumes & an ambitious set!

Cast Required

  • 3 women, 8 men, 2 boys (all ages welcome to audition for the male/female roles; the 2 boys will either be cast with younger people, or if not feasible, they will be portrayed by adult actors who can play young) – Sweeney Todd, Mrs Lovett, Jonas Fogg, Henry, Policeman, Labourer, Tobias Ragg, Mark Ingestrie, Joanna Oakley, Dr Aminadab Lupin, Flo

Contact details: squeegie22@me.com

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

By John Heimbuch & Jon Ferguson, based on the story by Washington Irving; Directed by Kate Sparkes-McSevich

Performance: 9th to14th Oct 2023
Casting: Wednesday 9th August 2023

When humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane visits the mysterious village of Sleepy Hollow, he vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, causing upset amongst the townspeople. But amidst the rumours and legends of something much more sinister, the townspeople end up being the least of his worries… A stylised and fun adaption of the well-known ghost story set in the early 1800’s, with both single and multi-roles available.

Cast Required

  • Ichabod Crane – A schoolteacher, newly relocated to Sleepy Hollow to teach, who falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel
  • Brom Bones – A confident villager, rival love interest of Katrina Van Tassel (a bit of a Jack-the-lad!)
  • Katrina Van Tassel – The ‘golden girl’ of Sleepy Hollow

All three roles will be a similar age, but can be anywhere from 20’s to 40’s. There are 7 more  male or female rôles who are various farmers/schoolboys and girls/villagers and will be multi-rôle. In this adaption, these characters tell the story as it progresses so they are just as crucial (and present on stage!) as the main characters. Though there will not be much singing/dancing, there will be use of props and set in a stylised way to bring certain parts of the show to life, so actors should be confident in their movement and co-ordination.

Contact details: ksparkesmc@icloud.com; Telephone 07717 502 362

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by Verity Ramsden & Mitch Ralley

Directed by Kate Sparkes-McSevich

December 1st – 10th, 2022
No evening performance on Monday
Weekend Matinees @ 2pm

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