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News: Auditions

Updated: 31 August 2015

Sunday, 6 September


Open auditions for Juno and the Paycock, The Philanthropist and Ladies in Lavender – see below for further details.

Casting policy

Loft Theatre Company productions are cast by means of auditions open to all active members plus non-members (provided they agree to join as members before commencement of rehearsal, if cast).

Directors are free to contact whomsoever they wish in advance of an audition to invite them to read alongside others for a specific role, but any pre-casting must be done openly and must be approved by the Artistic Management in advance.

All casting considerations will be discussed between directors and members of the Artistic Management. Casting decisions will be notified to all those who attended the audition(s), and cast lists will be posted on the website.

Juno and the Paycock
by Sean O’Casey

Director: Gus MacDonald
Production dates: 10–20 February 2016 (main house)

Audition: Sunday, 6 September
at 2.30pm at the theatre
(Coffee, registration and tours of the building for new members from 2pm)

One of the great plays of the 20th century, Juno and the Paycock offers a devastating portrait of lives in a Dublin tenement, torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War, 1922. It is funny and poignant in equal measure. Actors will need a believable Irish accent. Rehearsals will start in December, break for two weeks over the Christmas holiday and then recommence in the new year. There will also be a break of a couple of rehearsals over a weekend in January. Ages of characters are relative. There is a good mix of size of roles, though all are important.


  • Captain Jack Boyle – the ‘paycock’ of the title, nicknamed by his wife Juno as he struts around in a showy way without doing anything useful. He spends his time drinking and consorting with his friend ‘Joxer’ and avoiding work at all costs. He is humorous but self-centred. Middle aged.
  • Juno Boyle – a strong, fiery character and the only one of the family who is working. She keeps the whole family afloat by sheer grit and determination. Middle aged.
  • Johnny Boyle – badly injured by a bomb during the Easter rising, he is thin, delicate and fearful. Mid 20s to 30s.
  • Mary Boyle – Juno’s daughter. She is somewhat vain, and ends up pregnant and abandoned by her fiancé. Early 20s.
  • ‘Joxer’ Daly – Captain Boyle’s amiable drinking company. A complete waster, he avoids working and spends much of the play drunk. Must have a feel for comedy.
  • Mrs Madigan – lives in the same tenement as the Boyle family. She is ignorant and forward but has a generous heart. She is the female counterpoint to Joxer.
  • ‘Needle’ Nugent – a tailor and another neighbour in the tenement.
  • Mrs Tancred – another neighbour, mother of Robbie Tancred, the boy shot after Johnny Boyle lets his ambushers know his whereabouts. Quietly powerful role. Must be old enough to have had a son in his late teens, early 20s.
  • Jerry Devine – yet another tenement dweller; one of Mary’s suitors.
  • Charles Bentham – a schoolteacher with sophisticated ideas. He is engaged to Mary and is responsible for the mistake in the wording of the will which causes the Boyles so much heartache.
  • The Mobilizer – an officer charged with calling soldiers to action. Tough and unyielding. Mid 20s or older.

There are a number of other small roles: two irregular soldiers who come for Johnny at the end of the play (who will double up as the furniture removal men); a coal-block vendor (who pops in on Boyle and Joxer in a comic scene); a sewing machine man; two (non-speaking) neighbours.

For further information please contact Gus MacDonald at GusMacDonald@loft-theatre.co.uk or, during office hours, on 024 7641 2949.

The Philanthropist
by Christopher Hampton

Director: Sue Moore
Production dates: 16–26 March 2016 (main house)

Audition: Sunday, 6 September
at 2.30pm at the theatre
(Coffee, registration and tours of the building for new members from 2pm)

‘this is a play that transcends its time and enlarges one’s human understanding’ – Michael Billington, Guardian

The audacious young playwright Christopher Hampton wrote this play while still in his early 20s. It was originally performed at the Royal Court in London before going on to Broadway, winning three Tonys. Its 2006 London revival brought great acclaim and again transferred to Broadway.

Beginning with a fabulous coup de théâtre, the play inverts Molière’s The Misanthrope by presenting a study of an academic whose compulsive amiability upsets everyone. It takes place at a university where a group of dons, their girlfriends and an outrageous novelist chat about their cloistered, self-sufficient lives whilst, in the outside world, the PM and most of the cabinet are assassinated and terrorists declare war on 25 English writers. The story that unfolds is witty, intelligent and touching.


(The ages are a guide; it mostly depends on the cast looking right together)

  • John – (20s) a young, aspiring playwright, involved in a brilliant coup de théâtre opening scene, regrettably not to appear again!
  • Philip – (40s) a shy, unassertive academic, who adores his work, sees good in everything and unintentionally upsets nearly everyone. He is uneasy in his own skin and paralysed by emotional diffidence.
  • Don – (40s) Philip’s colleague and friend. An academic who has turned laziness into an art form. Attractive and insightful.
  • Celia – (30s) Philip’s fiancée. A postgraduate, younger than Philip, spirited and clever, torn between her affection and frustration for him.
  • Braham – (30-50) a right-wing novelist who seems indifferent to human suffering. Witty, supremely confident, pompous and outrageous.
  • Araminta – (30s) the sexual predator of the campus. Attractive, funny, irresistible and mischievous. Celia can’t compete.
  • Liz – (20s/30s) a guest at the dinner party. A non-speaking part, but who is very much part of the storyline.

For a script or for more information email SueMoore@loft-theatre.co.uk or phone 07970 029257.

Ladies in Lavender
Adapted for the stage by Shaun McKenna
from a screenplay by Charles Dance
Based on a short story by William J. Locke

Director: Tim Willis
Production dates: 20–30 April 2016 (main house)

Audition: Sunday, 6 September
at 2.30pm at the theatre
(Coffee, registration and tours of the building for new members from 2pm)

An evocative, heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love. Based on Charles Dance’s screenplay for the hit film starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and on the original short story by William J. Locke, Ladies in Lavender is set in 1936 and tells the tale of two sisters, Ursula and Janet, who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall. When a handsome and talented young Polish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.

‘It delivers perfect comic timing and hilarious lines.’

‘There’s a magical feel to this show... This is a rather brilliant production.’


  • Ursula Widdington – spinster sister of Janet (late 50s)
  • Janet Widdington – widowed sister of Ursula (late 50s)
  • Andrea Marowski – handsome and gifted young Polish violinist (20s/early 30s)
  • Olga Danilof – holidaying beauty. Sister of a famed violinist (early 30s)
  • Dorcas – ‘crusty maid’ to the sisters
  • Dr Mead – local doctor, suspicious of Andrea (50s)

Please contact Tim Willis on 07818 032752 or TimWillis@loft-theatre.co.uk for further details and scripts etc.

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