Updated: 23 August 2016
Sunday, 4 September
Further auditions for under-16s roles in
– see below for further details.
Sunday, 11 September
All My Sons and
– see below for further details.
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.
by Lionel Bart, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist
Director: Tim Willis
Musical Director: Matt Flint
Production dates: 7–17 December 2016 (main house)
Rehearsals commence in October, with some preliminary music and dance
rehearsals taking place during September
Further to a successful audition for under-16s roles on 20 August,
we are pleased to announce that before we confirm the casting, there
will be a further opportunity for those who couldn’t get there
to come along and audition on:
Sunday, 4 September at 2pm at the Loft Theatre.
Oliver! is an English musical with music and lyrics by
Lionel Bart, based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles
Dickens. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run,
and successful long runs on Broadway, tours and revivals. It was made
into a musical film in 1968 starring Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Mark
Lester and Shani Wallis, winning six Oscars, including Awards for Best
Picture and Best Director.
Characters and playing ages
Oliver Twist – a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse. He is vulnerable but tough and feisty and should have a strong ability to convey real emotions. Age to look 8-13.
Please prepare ‘Where Is Love’
Artful Dodger – very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand ‘man’. Must have a dynamic stage presence. Cockney accent required. Age to look 13–16.
Please prepare ‘Consider Yourself’
Charley Bates – part of Fagin’s gang. The eldest boy. Cockney accent required. Age to look 14–16.
Please prepare ‘Consider Yourself’
Fagin’s Gang, Workhouse and Town Children – we are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable with excellent singing skills and some dance experienced preferred. Ages to look from 8–16.
Please prepare ‘Food, Glorious Food’
The audition process will consist of a group song, which will be
followed by individual singing slots. Please be prepared to stay
all afternoon if required.
Please contact Tim Willis on 07818 032752 or email
TimWillis@loft-theatre.co.uk for further details, including sheet music for all of the above songs and audition form.
NB Auditions for adult roles have already been held. Auditions for ‘Bull’s-Eye’ will take place at a later date.
Director: Gus MacDonald
Production dates: 1–11 February 2017 (main house)
During the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which
made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned
out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free
and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the
fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war
dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever,
the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his
father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a
structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction
of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play
electrifying in its intensity.
Rehearsals will start late November, with a two-week break for
Christmas from 16 December until 1 January.
Joe Keller – 50-60s; a heavy man in
mind and build, a businessman with the imprint of the worker and
boss still upon him
Kate Keller – 50-60s; Joe’s wife and
Chris Keller – their son, late 20s – mid 30s
Ann Deever – 20s or 30s; Chris’s sometime girlfriend
George Deever – 20s up to 30, lawyer and son of
Joe’s business partner
Jim Bayliss – a successful doctor; middle age
Sue Bayliss – Jim’s wife; middle age
Frank Lubey – 30s, married to Lydia
Lydia Lubey – 20s or 30s, married to Frank
Bert – a little boy who lives in the neighbourhood; no
age given, but anything up to 13 years.
For further information email
or phone 07885 546442.
by Steve Waters
Director: Sue Moore
Production dates: 4–11 March 2017 (main house)
(playing Sat-Sun, Tue-Sat)
Temple premiered in 2015 to great acclaim. It is a fictional account
of real events in London in 2011 when the unshakeable St Paul’s
Cathedral, which had never closed in its history, shut its doors due
to the consequences of Occupy London, who had attempted to march on
the City of London, being ‘kettled’ in its grounds. There
were resignations, lawyers circling, social media in meltdown and
The play takes place in real time between 11am and 12.30pm on 28
October, 2011. Instead of focusing on the protesters who set up camp
outside, it focuses on the crisis it prompted within the cathedral and
those swept up in the chaos.
It is a play about power, leadership and moral integrity. It is
riveting and affecting.
The PA – 20s/30s; PA to the Dean, nervous on her first
day, standing in as a temp following a resignation. Sincere, warm,
somewhat naïve, but who provides much of the straight talking
of the play.
The Dean – 50s; a self-effacing, troubled and deeply
moral clergyman. In a leadership role but with no ego, facing the
anguish of indecision. He veers from panicky paralysis to controlled
exasperation. A good man acting within a flawed institution,
struggling to do the right thing.
The Canon Chancellor – 40s; a more modern, romantic
figure than the Dean, younger, left-wing, passionate, sympathetic to
the cause outside. Forms the link between the protesters and the
position facing the Church, leading him into confrontation.
The Virger – 60s; a woman full of principle and
tradition. Despairing of the lack of leadership being shown by
those around her. Frustrated by indecision and urging decisive
The Bishop of London – 60s; in an enviable role in this
crisis. A senior clergyman, but somewhat detached from the
decision-making. Pompous, media savvy and wordly, looking for a face-saving
The City Lawyer – 30s, female; a cool operator. Informed,
intelligent, hard-nosed and flippant. Sees the way forward as clear
cut and obvious. Self-assured. Irritated at the slow pace of events;
pushing for decisions.
Choristers – two, aged 10.
For a script or for more information email
or phone 07970 029257.