Readings & Auditions


All readings and auditions are open to both members and non-members and take place at the Swan Theatre unless stated otherwise. Please note that should a non-member be offered a part he/she will be required to join the Swan and all cast and crew are expected to assist with support activities such as bar and Front-of-House for other productions.


Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

Production Dates 17th - 22nd July

Director Andy Taylor, contact   or 01935 873102

Play Reading - Thursday 23rd March at 7.30 pm (come along for the laugh even if you don't want to be in it!)

Auditions - Tuesday 28th March at 7.30 pm and Thursday 30th March at 7. 30 pm

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery is a not-so-catchily named comedy about this illustrious group's attempt at putting on a play.  The group is well established under the guiding hand of its Chairperson Mrs Reece with the support of three of her members.  The play, set in 1988, is a cunningly devised story with a nice twist but, as is so often the case with amateur groups, the play itself is rather overshadowed by the inept production itself.

The characters are many and varied including two men who could be played by a man but, in my opinion, should be another woman - auditions will tell!!  Each character will need to be identified individually and clearly, so those who wish to take a part must be happy to struggle with multiple identities! 

The final character in this play is often not fully recognised in other productions.  The back stage and technical teams for this play have probably the largest impact on the show and will need almost as much rehearsal time!  It is for that reason that I am starting the production earlier than is perhaps the norm.  The demands on the cast and all the crew are very significant and will need plenty of learning!  At the end of the day though it should be a very enjoyable and satisfying production with which to be involved - on stage or back stage!

Please note this production is not a "standard" one where the backstage and technical crews come together a few weeks before performance.  Some people will need to be involved backstage almost from the start in order for the production to come together appropriately.  It is a really fun production with huge comedy moments but, in order to achieve the end result, requires a lot of serious work beforehand.  If you want to talk about it more please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.


Being a member of the Townswomen's Guild is not age dependent and nor is any character in this play!  All the roles are on stage most of the time - the only real difference between them is the number of different characters played by each role.

Phoebe Reece who plays five roles (one male) in addition to her own personality.  Chairperson of the FAHETGDS so slightly older perhaps?  Must be comfortable with ad libs and interacting directly with the audience.  Is on stage for most of the script and also has a bigger role with the performance as a whole.

Thelma Greenwood plays the vice Chairperson and two other key roles in addition to her own.  Has a song to sing although quality of voice is not necessarily high on her list of attributes!  She too will interact directly with the audience and be on stage for much of the script and beyond!

Audrey plays four roles in addition to her own.  She is one of the main characters for the plot of the play - as if that mattered! 

Felicity plays three roles (two male), in addition to her own, one of which is again one of the main characters in the play.

Sylvia or Gordon  This is the role that is scripted in one version as male and in another as female.  I would prefer it to be female but if there is no one suitable at auditions, I will look for a male to play it instead.  If played by a male then they play just one character throughout the play - the inspector - in addition to their "own" character.  If played by a female they will need to play the two (male) characters.  She/he also has to sing but again this is not a quality performance!  Bravado to carry it off is all that is required!

Backstage  As mentioned, this element of the play is as important as the on-stage cast and indeed at times become on-stage too!  If you are interested in helping backstage in any way, costumes, props, set, etc. etc. please get in touch.  I have some key people lined up but they will need extensive help in all areas.


Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Production Dates 13th - 18th November

Director Philip Turley,

2 Play Readings - Thursday 28th & 29th June at 19.30 pm (come along even if you don't want to be in it)

Auditions - 6th July at 19.30 and 9th July at 14.30