Still Life & Red Peppers - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                            Sunday 9th July 2017, 6.00 pm, Foyer (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Audition:                            Sunday 16th July 2017, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Performance Dates:        Sunday 19th November – Saturday 25th November 2017 (Auditorium)

                                            (There will be a matinee on Sat 25th November, but no performance on

                                            Friday 24th November)

Still Life

Set in the buffet on Milford Junction station.  Mid 1930s

There are 5 female and 5 male roles

Laura Jesson (playing age 30 to 40) the female part of the 'love interest'

Myrtle Bagot (playing age 45 upwards) widow who runs the station buffet with a rod of iron

Beryl Waters (playing age 17 to 30) assistant in the buffet, and totally under Myrtle’s thumb

Mildred (playing age 17 to 30) works elsewhere on the station, Beryl's friend (small part)

Dolly Messiter (playing age 30 to 40) Laura's friend

Alec Harvey (playing age 35 to 45) a doctor, the male part of the 'love interest'

Stanley (playing age 17 to 30) sells confectionery on the platform and fancies Beryl

Albert Godby (playing age 45 upwards) North-country ticket inspector, with  the 'glad eye' for Myrtle

Bill and Johnnie (playing age 25 to 40) cheeky chappies (small parts)


Red Peppers

The action takes place on the stage and in the dressing room of the Palace of Varieties in a small English provincial town. Mid 1930s

There are 2 female and 4 male roles

Lily Pepper (playing age 30 to 45) been in 'the business' all her life. Married to George. Needs to be able to sing and dance

Mabel Grace (playing age 65 upwards) faded West End actress with delusions of grandeur

George Pepper (playing age 35 to 50) been involved in the theatre since his childhood. Married to Lily. Needs to be able to sing and dance

Bert Bentley (playing age 45 upwards) the musical director. Fond of a drink

Mr Edwards (playing age 40 upwards) the house manager, he is very 'grand' and self-important

Alf (any playing age) Call boy/ stage doorman


Both these short plays were part of a series of ten plays, originally played over three nights, under the general title of Tonight at 8.30.

I am very excited at being given the opportunity to direct these two delightful plays and am really looking forward to seeing lots of you at the reading and auditions.  Although I've given age guidelines, please don't let that put you off, as nothing is set in stone at this stage.

You are welcome to audition for one or both plays. If auditioning for both please be clear at the audition if you are prepared to 'double up' and appear in both plays as this may be an option.

If you want to discuss any aspect of this production with me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mandy Stenhouse



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