Ladies' Day Audition

Directed by Kevin Davey

Auditions for our Summer Comedy Drama were scheduled to be held on Tuesday 24th March - we have cancelled this date, and will reschedule. 


As well as the auditions, Kevin Davey will be running a workshop as part of the evening.

Show Dates - Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th July 7.30,

                      (2.30pm Saturday Matinee)


Rehearsals - Monday and Thursday evenings 

Where - Studio Theatre, Lantern Arts Centre.  Please enter via the Tolverne Road entrance - someone will be there to welcome you!

There is no need to sign up in advance - just turn up on the night!

About the Play


Life is one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when they head to Ladies Day at the races. Factory hairnets make way for fascinators as the four friends hit the races for an unforgettable day out.

Secrets are spilled with the champagne and friendships are tested to the limit. Yet as the day unfolds and tempers fray, their accumulator bet keeps quietly winning. If their luck and their nerve holds, the ladies could could hit the jackpot – and more.


‘Northern’ accents and keen sense of comic timing required! Also, a little singing ability is needed for the female parts - i.e. Tony Christie’s ‘Amarillo’ being a firm favourite of the ladies!


Pearl (mid-50s):

Pearl is kind and generous. A strong character, requiring a really genuine honest portrayal to achieve some really lovely tender moments. As ringleader of the group, ‘carpe diem’ is now her motto in life – NOT a ‘retired’ frame of mind. She’s also been harbouring a secret for 7 years!  Pearl’s slightly better off financially than her work colleagues. She is married with four children and one grandson


Jan (mid-40s):

Jan is a naïve single mum who has a lot of the things she believes in challenged within the play. Jan lives in the past a little bit and believes in the values of love and respect.  She’s slightly conservative in her outlook on life and saves every penny she earns for her daughter who is about to go to university.


Shelley (mid-20s):

Shelley is single. She’s fiery, brassy, mouthy, brash and drinks too much!  A ‘would be star’, she dresses to impress and attract a would be suitor! Shelley is a ‘wannabe’, a ‘good time’ girl and certainly on the search for her millionaire!


Linda (mid-20s):

She is shy, quiet, vulnerable and thoughtful. Linda is not at all showy – the opposite to Shelley! Linda’s confidence grows as the play progresses. Also, single Linda was brought up by her nan and is a huge Tony Christie fan!


Male characters – ALL characters will be played by one or two actors (age range 35 – 60)  - this can easily be adapted a little where required! Ability to change ‘vocally’ & ‘physically’ for each of these male characters.


Joe 40-60 years: ‘kindly’ supervisor - holds back his feelings for Jan

Fred any age: ‘worldly & streetwise’ ticket tout

Jim McCormack no specified age: ‘sleazy’ TV presenter

Patrick 35-45 years: a slightly ‘lonely’ Irish jockey

Kevin no specified age: a gambler who’s ‘lost’ everything!

Barry around 60 years: bookie – ‘regretful’ secret lover of Pearl!

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