Salisbury Studio Theatre

Tickets: Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury Phone: 01722 342860 or from https:/

Goodnight Mr Tom – auditions

Adults (16yrs and up): September 10th and 13th, 7.30pm, Studio

Children (12yrs-15yrs): September 15th, 2.30pm, Studio

Performance dates: 6th-14th December (not Sunday or Monday)

Studio is holding open auditions for Michelle Magorian’s classic Goodnight Mister Tom, adapted for the stage by David Wood.Evacuee Willie Beech, sent away from London by his mother, is billeted with reclusive widower Tom Oakley. Unexpectedly, their relationship flourishes until a letter arrives demanding Willie’s return home…..

David Wood’s lovely stage adaptation offers 25 speaking parts for young, old and those somewhere in the middle, especially if they can manage a Dorset/West Country accent and a London one.

The likelihood is a cast of 12-14, with most doubling or even trebling parts from vicars, grumpy ARP wardens, drama teachers and librarians to cheery Londoners, village GPs and schoolchildren.

The key roles are:

Tom Oakley, Dorset accent, 60s, gruff, plain-speaking

Willie Beech, London accent, playing age 11/12, but could be played by older boy/girl

Zach, well spoken, extrovert, playing age 13/14, but again could be played by older boy/girl

Puppeteer for Sammy, Tom’s border collie, likely to be played by a 16-25 year old (in human years), non-speaking, agile, ability to bark a bonus (no, I’m serious!)

The other three children (George, Ginnie and Carrie) in the play may be played by younger adults doubling other parts or by youngsters. There is also scope for extra children (non-speaking roles).Let’s see who auditions.

The auditions:

Adults (16yrs and up): Tuesday 10th September and Friday 13th September at 7.30pm.

Children (12yrs-15yrs): Sunday 15th September 2.30pm. Parents please note: you will be expected to stay at Studio during the auditions as no chaperones will be provided.

If anyone wants a copy of the script before the auditions, get in touch.

Or, if you want to volunteer your services backstage in any capacity, I’d love to hear from you, and I’m really looking forward to seeing loads of you at the auditions.

Lesley Bates

( 512650 or 07776 403590)

Photo: Freddie King of Bovingdon Road, Fulham who was evacuated to Totnes in Devon. By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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