Audition Announcement

accrington   As promised on the recruitment evening and in previous posts, here is audition information for our March production next year, ‘The Accrington Pals’. Scheduled for 20th-22nd, this play by Peter Whelan is a poignant piece set in the early years of the First World War, as the country’s jingoistic optimism starts to wane and the true terror of warfare gradually becomes clear. At a time when the country will be commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War, it seems appropriate for us to tackle this powerful piece which looks at both the terrifying experiences of the men at the front and the women who were left behind- mothers, wives, daughters, lovers – and its exploration of how nothing would ever be the same again. An epic and deeply humane play, it dramatises the lives of ordinary people caught up in historical events. Funny, intimate and moving, ‘The Accrington Pal’s charts the fortunes of a close-knit community on the brink of change.

The auditions will take place on Sunday 10th November, appropriately Remembrance Sunday, in St. Francis Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. and will probably take an hour or so. I will publish pdfs of the audition pieces a little later on but in the meantime here is a list of the characters:

(Ages are playing ages and  general only)
May:  About 29,  ( needs to be obviously older than Tom).  – Independent & Strong (large role)
Eva:    About 19 – Outgoing and life aware (large role)
Sarah:   Married millworker in her mid twenties- brassy & outspoken (medium role)
Bertha:  Mill girl – young- late teens to early twenties-Naïve- gets a job as a tram driver (medium role)
Annie:  Housewife – 30’s to middle age ( wife of Arthur needs to be equivalent age) (medium role)
Tom:  About 19  – sensitive could be twenties but needs to look young (large role)
Ralph:   Could be late teens or twenties  Laddish and outgoing.  (large role)
Arthur:  30’s to middle age –( needs to be equivalent age to wife Annie) (medium role)
Reggie:  Needs to look and sound as young as 14/16 (small role)
Company Sgt Major Rivers:    Middle-aged-   Shadowy character. (medium role)
Owing to the distinct regional nature of the play the ideal would be for all characters, besides Rivers, to speak with a Lancashire accent but further decisions about that will be made nearer the time.
If you have any questions then please either drop me a line here or email me directly at There will of course be a need of a technical and backstage team and I will provide further details of that in a future correspondence.
Best wishes