Colder Than Here - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:    Sunday 19th April 2015, 6.00 pm (Yardley Room, Hampton Hill Playhouse)

Audition:   Sunday 26th April 2015, 6.00 pm (Foyer and Garrick Room, Hampton Hill Playhouse)

Performance Dates:  Saturday 12th September - Saturday 19th September 2015 (Coward Studio) (no performance on Monday 14th Sept)


Colder Than Here by Laura Wade

Directed by Stephanie Mott

The play concerns a family of four coping with the matriarch's diagnosis of terminal cancer while watching her plan her own funeral.  However, even though there are parts of this play relating to this topic, it isn't just about that.  It is about family and relationships and finding humour and light in the darkness.  Each scene is an open window into an honest family dynamic - imagine any family home with three completely different women and one simple, and bemused man; it lends itself to laugh-out-loud moments - quite a few of them.  It is beautifully written by Laura Wade (Posh, adapted for the screen as Riot Club), full of character, humour, love and emotion.  The four family members are all great characters for actors to really sink their teeth into.  If you were to search for this show online you would only find reviews, there isn't much literature out there, so below are my own character breakdowns:

Myra: 50s/60s

Myra is an inspiring woman; she is suffering from advanced secondary bone cancer and has 6-9 months to live and manages to take control and lead the way from beginning to end with humour and grace. She is strong, wilful, quirky and hilarious. She loves her family and pulls the strings, like a tiny puppet master, to make sure that the sisters' relationships with each other, and their father, develop for the better. Myra is a woman we all know, she is recognisable, loveable, determined and often dancing to her own tune.

Alec: 50s/60s

Alec is a man lost but staying happily afloat in a sea of three very different women. He isn't an obvious, fluffy, cuddly father but he does truly love his womenfolk. He is a bit awkward, and not great at dealing with problems, preferring to listen to his old records to drown out the slight mayhem of his madhouse. We get a glimpse into how he copes (or doesn't) when he takes on the customer service team at the boiler company, it is explosive and more the type of drama we would expect from his younger daughter...maybe that's where she gets it from!

Harriet: 20s/30s

Harriet is the stereotypical first born, the favourite, the home maker. She is the 'perfect' daughter, happily married and in complete control (or so it seems), dedicated and always trying to be there for her parents. She is the polar opposite of her younger sister, and doesn't let her forget it, not willing to put up with her sister's self-involvement. She loves her mother dearly but finds it very difficult to get on board with her desire to discuss and plan her funeral.

Jenna: 20s/30s

Jenna is the true question mark of the family. She has a negative relationship with food so that Myra spends time trying to persuade her that Marks and Sparks picnic selection truly is great. She is a smoker, who wears nothing but black and spends her time running away from her problems. She thinks that she is the only one suffering and would be believed to be very selfish, but it seems this may just be an act. She loves her family, as they all do, and just wants to be a part of it. She is incredibly jealous of Harriet and her relationship with their parents, although it would be very difficult for her to admit that. 


These are four very important people; they all have moments of truth, wit and emotion. The family relationships are full of such realism that we, luckily, miss out on any hint of melodrama.  As Laura Wade so wonderfully put it 'I wanted it to be humorous because I didn't want it to become melodramatic.  I don't know if it is a specifically British thing, but I wanted to write about people's ability to make jokes in that kind of situation and to show how people get on with their lives, and that there can be humorous elements to that.'


Stephanie Mott


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