Open Readings & Auditions
Open Reading and Auditions are generally held in the Green Room at Tynemouth Priory Theatre - usually at 7.30pm on a weekday for plays, and 2.30pm on a Sunday afternoon for the Pantomime.
The Green Room is through the door marked "Stage Door" in the lane at the back of the theatre.
2018/19 SEASON AUDITIONS
Written by Richard Everett
Directed by Hayley Moy
Performance: 17th – 22nd September 2018
Open Reading: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Auditions: Thursday 12th July 2018
A very English dramatic comedy filled with healthy irreverence, probing wit and tremendous emotion.
Setting – A rural vicarage garden, summertime
‘I’ve poured two hundred thousand cups of tea, made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?’
As a clergy wife Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her beloved husband Bardolph she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. In the depths of her grief, she talks to her dead husband “Bardy” (much to the alarm of their daughter Jo, a psychotherapist) who appears in his beloved garden mostly via the potting shed. As Grace is grieving for her dear departed husband, Sarah, the new incumbent vicar arrives to view the vicarage. The prospect of losing her home as well as the man she loved causes Grace to reflect on her life and marriage and to question whether the sacrifices she made in order to support her husbands’ work have been worth it. The return of Grace’s earthy missionary sister Ruth from Africa (to support her younger sister in her time of need) leads to the disturbing revelation that Ruth and Bardy had a brief liaison which produced a son who is now 30 years old. When Grace learns that her husband died without ever confessing the guilty secret she descends into the depths of vulnerability and grief.
Meanwhile, Sarah the new vicar, unexpectedly reveals her own personal traumas to Grace’s daughter Jo. Jo is going through (marital) problems of her own and becomes exasperated and upset by her mother’s bitterness and increasingly strange behaviour as she mourns her father. As the relationship between her mother and aunt descends into bitterness and animosity Jo becomes a calm and convincing intermediary, attempting to navigate a way through their deteriorating relationship whilst coming to terms with her own grief and personal life
Through it all ‘Bardy’ appears at various times to counsel his bereaved wife and help her come to terms with his past indiscretion. As the play progresses we learn of Grace’s frustrations with the man she loved and the path he had chosen, but, as further secrets are revealed, ultimately the strength of the love they shared.
Cast – 4F, 1M
Grace: 50 - 60 something (F)
Vicar’s wife who is energetic, conservative, haughty, astute, intelligent, brisk and witty. On the dark side can be acerbic, patronizing and sarcastic “a playground bully in a tweed skirt”.
Ruth: 50 -60 something (F)
Grace’s slightly older sister. A missionary in Africa. Attractive in a dishevelled way, hippy, ditzy, quirky, warm and truthful with a playful, mischievous side.
Jo: late 20s -early 30’s (F)
Grace’s daughter. Ruth’s niece. A psychotherapist/counsellor. Calm, sensible, dependable, reliable, stylish and a bit spiky.
Sarah: mid-thirties – 40 something (F)
New incumbent vicar. Formal, straight, supportive. Hides her emotions well but sometimes lets them slip. Unsure of herself at times but finally embraces her new role with gusto.
Bardolph: 50-60 something (M)
Grace’s deceased husband. Vicar. Aesthetic, philosophical theologian, spiritual, confused, scatty, other-worldly, lovable.
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The Pitmen Painters
Written by Lee Hall
Directed by Vicki Lockey & Jo Cosgrove
Performance: 5th – 10th November 2018
Open Reading: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Auditions: Tuesday 7th August 2018
Based on a true story, a funny, warm, moving tale of a group of ordinary men who go on to achieve extraordinary things.
The action of the play takes place in Ashington, Newcastle Upon Tyne, London and Edinburgh between the years of 1934 and 1947.
A group of miners from Ashington, who were determined to better themselves, employ Robert Lyon, a Master of Painting at Kings College Newcastle, to teach them art appreciation. With the evening classes getting off to a shaky start, due to neither side being able to understand each other, the Mr Lyon encourages the miners to make art themselves, beginning with linocuts and moving on to paintings drawing on life in their own community. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.
Cast - 7m, 2f. Most of the characters are based on real people and age throughout the piece. The accents are essential.
George Brown: 40-60 (M)
The oldest and leader of the group - a stickler for details - bossy labour representative. Geordie accent.
Oliver Kilbourn: mid 30s-40 (M)
Thoughtful, becomes the most famous and accomplished of the miners/artists. Geordie accent.
Jimmy Floyd: 40-60 (M)
A regular hard-working bloke, timid, curious and always surprised by life. Geordie accent.
Young Lad: 20’s (M)
Youthful - Eager to find regular work in the mines, and to find out where he fits in. Geordie accent.
Harry Wilson: 45-60 (M)
Not able to work as miner since being gassed in WW1, a dental engineer, a Marxist. Geordie accent.
Robert Lyon: 40’s-50’s (M)
British painter and Master of painting, upper class, unintentionally self-involved and elitist. English accent.
Susan Parks: 20’s-30’s (F)
An earnest young art student and life model, later in her 30’s. Geordie accent.
Helen Sutherland: mid 40’s-50’s (F)
Wealthy, cultured, and influential patron of the arts, posh, elegant, well-meaning. English accent.
Ben Nicholson: 30-40 (M) (1 nice scene)
A famous young British Artist, helped found arts colony at St. Ives.
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Written by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark, with John Dowell
Directed by Rebecca Gilmore
Performance: 4th – 13th January 2019
Open Reading: Sunday 15th July 2018
Auditions: Sunday 22nd July 2018
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Run For Your Wife
Written by Ray Cooney
Directed by Dave Cooper
Performance: 25th February – 2nd March 2019
Open Reading: Tuesday 4th September 2018
Auditions: Thursday 13th September 2018
A fast-paced, physical farce
Setting – The living rooms of 2 London flats 1980s
Taxi driver John Smith has managed to marry both Mary and Barbara. By keeping an extremely tight schedule he has been able keep this secret from both of the women for some time. When he is injured while trying to prevent a mugging he has to involve his neighbour Stanley to help him stop two detectives, from different police stations, discovering his secret.
Cast - 6m, 2f
John Smith 30 – 40s (M) Accent – RP or Estuary
An ordinary looking taxi driver who becomes increasingly desperate to cover up his secret.
Stanley Gardner 30 – 40s (M) Accent - RP or Estuary (or possibly West Country)
Mary’s layabout neighbour and John’s friend who is dragged into the web of deception.
Mary Smith 25 – 30s (F) Accent - RP or Estuary
John’s first wife, she becomes increasingly bewildered and finally hysterical. There is a fairly physical scene when she passes out and she appears in her underwear at one point.
Barbara Smith 25 – 30s (F) Accent - RP or Estuary
John’s second wife. Fairly tall. Spends a lot of time in a negligee trying to entice John into bed.
Detective Sergeant Troughton 25 – 30s (M) Accent – Any
A slightly severe policeman who is almost immediately suspicious of John.
Detective Sergeant Porterhouse 40s– 50s (M) Accent – Any
An affable family man who nevertheless has suspicions about John.
Bobby Franklin Any age (M) Accent – Any
Barbara’s gay neighbour. He is an extremely camp and flamboyant dress designer.
Reporter Any age (M) Accent – Any
Has only a handful of lines in one scene. (Could be doubled with Bobby).
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Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Hugh Leonard
Directed by Christine Coaster
Performance: 15th – 20th April 2019
Open Reading: Thursday 18th October 2018
Auditions: Thursday 25th October 2018
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Not Dead Enough
Written by Peter James
Adapted by Shaun McKenna
Directed by Ali Broughton & Ann Leake
Performance: 3rd – 8th June 2019
Open Reading: Thursday 22nd November 2018
Auditions: Thursday 29th November 2018