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News: Auditions

Updated: 23 August 2016

Sunday, 4 September


Further auditions for under-16s roles in Oliver! – see below for further details.

Sunday, 11 September


Auditions for All My Sons and Temple – 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.

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.

All My Sons
by Arthur Miller

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’s mom
  • 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 GusMacDonald@loft-theatre.co.uk 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 moral dilemmas.

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 action.
  • 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 political solution.
  • 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 SueMoore@loft-theatre.co.uk or phone 07970 029257.

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