Loot - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                      Sunday 2nd February 2020, 6.00 pm, Foyer, Hampton Hill Theatre

Audition:                      Sunday 16th February 2020, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite, Hampton Hill Theatre

Performance Dates:   Saturday 9th May – Friday 15th May 2020 (Auditorium)

Loot by Joe Orton
Directed by Nigel Cole

Two young lovers stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a serial-killer nurse and a grieving widower. In the ensuing comic carnage, Joe Orton creates a world gone mad, wielding a satirical sledgehammer to conventional English morality.

This glorious, frenetic black farce from one of Britain’s finest (and arguably) filthiest playwrights is an actor’s dream. Farce always requires huge physicality and energy but in Loot, Orton’s signature rapid-fire wordplay will also demand great verbal dexterity and accuracy.

We’ll be rehearsing three times a week (two weeknights plus Sunday afternoons or evenings) then add extra rehearsals from April onwards.  Although it’s a fairly small cast, not everyone will be called for every rehearsal.

This is a play I’ve loved for years and I can’t wait to get started. My last two productions for TTC, Breaking the Code and Pink Mist, have been quite weighty in subject and sentiment, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into something a little more fun and anarchic.


Fay (lead):  Female, 25-35 to play age 28. A blonde (ideally but not essential), Irish, femme fatale who plays at being a hard-working, dedicated nurse but in truth is part grifter, part praying mantis.  A sexy, manipulative temptress on the make.  Nothing escapes her notice.  Totally amoral and shamelessly opportunistic.

Truscott (lead):  Male, 45-65. A psychotic bent copper with a neat line in random, savage violence.   A domineering shapeshifter who bends logic and evidence to his will.  Exploits the public’s trust in authority to create havoc.  Open to bribes.  His mundane, bumbling cop schtick belies his amoral, grasping soul.

McLeavy (lead):   Male, 50-65. Fervent, high-ranking Irish Catholic.  Recently widowed.  The only character with any kind of moral compass.  Easily and often outraged.  Keen sense of his position in society and quick to panic about scandal.  Often a hypocrite but unlike the others, unaware of the contradictions in his own moral logic.  Complete trust in the state and the ‘system’ even when it’s shafting him.  Ultimately, the patsy.

Hal (lead):   Male, 18-26 to play age 18.  McLeavy's handsome son.  A London boy who loves sex and is not fussy who he has it with.  Also loves money and doesn’t care how he gets it. Looks like ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ but underneath is amoral and unscrupulous.  It’s his idea to hide the loot in his mother’s coffin.

Dennis (lead):   Male, 18-27 to play age 19. Hal's handsome bi-sexual partner in crime and in bed. A ducker and diver who’s always on the make and take.  Totally amoral and sexually insatiable.  Plays at being a hard-edged hoodlum but is still emotionally available.  Has the hots for Fay as well as Hal.

Meadows (minor role):  Male, 30-49.  A tall, gruff and imposing cop.  Tough and dim-witted but with a romantic streak.

Mrs McLeavy - deceased (supporting) Female.  Age not as crucial as physical attributes.  Must be light and strong enough to be carried about the stage and play dead.  Must also be comfortable being wrapped in a sheet and ‘mummified’ for a good portion of the play.  Actor will only be required for the last month or so of rehearsals.

For further info, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Nigel Cole


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