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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.






Entertaining Angels


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.

Adult themes.

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


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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


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Great Expectations


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