- From: February 16, 2020
- To: February 16, 2020
- Starting at: 12:00 PM
- Finishing at: 02:00 PM
- The Old Fire Station
- 2a Norwood High Street
- SE27 9NS
- United Kingdom
by Rona Munro
Director: Lily Ann Green
Performances: May 19-23, 2020
First rehearsal: March 22, 2020
The play is about memory, manipulation and seeing the world through others’ eyes as well how we are seen and what people assume about us. Everyone has hidden depths and meanings to what they say and do.
Josie has not seen her mother since the day Fay was arrested for murdering her husband, Josie’s father, over 15 years previously. Now that her paternal grandmother who raised her has died, she has questions and gaps in her memory which she needs filled.
Fay’s only visitors thus far have been lawyers and they haven’t been since her sentencing. She used to enjoy life to the full and now craves glimpses of it through whomever she can. Sheila and George have busy lives outside the prison and come to work almost for respite and don’t like their schedules disrupted.
This is a true ensemble piece although some of the focus is of course on the visits between Fay and Josie. Everyone will be on stage most of the time, everyone influences every one and no one is as they seem.
The auditions will be very informal and relaxed. The pieces attached are for reference only, there is no need to memorise. Callbacks, if required, will be on Sunday February 23 at 12 noon.
If you’re planning to attend auditions, please fill in this online form and bring it with you.
The play is written slightly in a Scottish dialect, but this can be altered to suit the actors. All characters are from approximately the same area although Josie has lived abroad for some time.
If you have any regarding accents, playing age or dates, please contact the director.
Fay (F, 45-50) – has been in prison for 15 years, serving life. She is hardened by this but one gets the impression she was always a bit of a ‘tough cookie’ and a bit of ‘ladette’. She enjoyed life fully and craves a glimpse of it.
Josie (F, 25-30) – has had responsible jobs and done well, but is oddly naive, having been sheltered much of her life by her grandmother and her own fears of being like her mother. She goes through quite a journey in this play.
George (Guard One) (M, 40+) – An experienced prison guard. He is studying philosophy and likes to think he understands the inmates better than others. Brings a great deal of the humour to the play but also some menace.
Sheila (Guard Two) (F, 25-30) – Approximately the same age as Josie although much more worldly, care worn and streetwise. A newly single mother of a toddler, she has only been a guard for a few years and has learned many hard life lessons in her time there.
Any questions please email the director, Lily Ann.