The Matchgirls - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                            Sunday 18th March 2018, 6.00 pm, Yardley

Audition:                           Sunday 25th March 2018, 2.00 pm, Coward Suite

Performance Dates:        Saturday 7th July – Friday 13th July 2018 (Auditorium)

Director:                            Marc Batten


The Matchgirls the Musical

Book & lyrics by Bill Owen, music by Tony Russell

Spring 1888. Frustrated by their terrible working conditions, a group of angry female match factory workers discuss their treatment by the factory owners. Anger soon turns to strike action and with the help of liberal reformer Annie Besant, they do battle with a callous and brutal management. But strike leader Kate is soon forced to choose between a new life in America with her fiancé or fighting on till victory. 


Reading - Sunday 18th March, 6.00 pm

We will be giving the first hour of our reading to our musical director who will work on the songs we will be using for the audition and also to our choreographer to show you the dance routine we will be asking our auditionees to present at the audition. 

If you are unable to attend the reading, please contact the director for more information.


Auditions - Sunday 25th March, 2.00 pm

The Girls

Kate - Stubborn, caring, becomes the reluctant leader of strike action. Age range 18-30 years.

Polly - Kate's best friend.  Lively and fun loving.  Age range 18-30 years.

Mrs Purkiss - Mature and lovable, supports Kate and the strike. Age range 40+.

Winnie - Mrs Purkiss's daughter, 8 months pregnant.  About to marry Bert. Age range 18-30 years.

Old Min - Likes a gin (or two) and a laugh. Age 40+.

Frances - Old Min’s drinking partner. Age 40+.

Jessie - Attractive and cold, tries to steal Joe from Kate.  Age range 18-30 years.

Louie - A child of a girl, youngest of the strikers.  Age range 18-21 years.

Maggie - Free spirited and a supporter of the strike.  Age range 18-40 years.

Beattie - Feisty and adventurous.  Age range 18-40 years.

Nell - Beattie's best friend and very like her.  Age range 18-40 years.

Dot - Optimistic and outspoken.  Age range 18-40 years


The Boys 

Joe - Kate's boyfriend. Strong-willed, stubborn and ambitious.  Age range 18-30 years.

Perce - Joe's best mate and Polly’s on-off suitor, fun-loving.  Age range 18-30 years.

Bert - About to marry Winnie. Naive and nervous.  Age range 18-30 years.

Tom - One of the lads, a joker and free spirit.  Age range 18-30 years.



Annie Besant  - Famous reformer and writer.  Determined and resolute.  Age range 25-50 years.

George Bernard Shaw - The celebrated Irish writer.  Accent needed.  Age range 25-50 years.

Paula Westerby - Annie’s fellow reformer at the Free-Thought Book Shop.  Age range 25-50 years.

Scots Girl - A strike breaker. Accent needed (could double with a Matchgirl).  Age range 18-40 years.

Mr Mynel - Formidable foreman at the match factory.  Age range 25-60 years.

Mr Potter - A tragic cameo. His daughter is dying of phosphorus.  Age 40+.


All ages are approximate and not set in stone.

Audition pieces will be provided at the reading or by e-mail to anyone not able to attend on that day.


Audition Songs

This Life of Mine - female

Me - male


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Marc Batten



Contact Details:  To get in touch with the director before the Reading/Audition, please use the Contact page of this website and your message will be forwarded.

NOTE:   We have an open casting policy:  anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member. 


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