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Audition Notice

Muswell Hill

by Torben Betts


The Free Church Hall, Northway, London, NW11 7AG

Sunday 22nd July 2018, 7:30pm


Performance Dates:

  • Wednesday 10th October 2018, 7:30pm
  • Thursday 11th October 2018, 7:30pm
  • Friday 12th October 2018, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 13th October 2018, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 14th October 2018, 4pm

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD

Director: Mike Nower

Assistant Director: Kayne McCutcheon

The play is set in Jess and Mat's swish Muswell Hill kitchen in January 2010, before, during and after a dinner party. They have invited her friend Karen, a widow, and his friend Simon, together with Jess' recovering alcoholic, much younger, sister, Annie, to a dinner of avocado and prawns and monkfish stew.

A number of catastrophic events occur.

The minor one is an earthquake in Haiti which leaves one hundred thousand people dead.

The major ones involve: Mat, a struggling writer, Jess, his high flying accountant wife, and their oddball guests. Before the guests arrive, Mat casually drops into the conversation that he knows Jess is having an affair. The next bombshell is that neurotic Karen has gone vegetarian and no longer eats fish! It soon becomes apparent that any plans to pair off awkward, idealistic dreamers Simon and Karen are unlikely to succeed. A cocaine-fuelled Annie arrives and announces that she has invited a friend, a theatre director, Tony. She reveals that Tony, who she met at a recovery meeting, and she are to be married. When Tony arrives he turns out to be considerably older than Annie.

Throughout the evening all the protagonists are heavily engaged in texting, emailing and using their mobiles. There are even occasional passing references to the disaster in Haiti! As the consumption of alcohol increases, embarrassment, shifting alliances and arguments (some heated) ensue.

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.

Parts List:
The ages given are as described, but there is a small degree of latitude on these, depending on availability and mix.
  • MatPlaying age 35. An aspiring author. A medium sized part.
  • JessPlaying age 35. Married to Mat, a successful accountant, who is having an affair but she pays the bills! A largish part with lots of props, on and off a lot!
  • KarenPlaying age 35. Jess' friend, a widow, a cancer nurse with Marie Curie. A medium sized part.
  • SimonPlaying age 35. An old university friend of Mat’s. Been on a 15 year gap year, holds strong opinions and is not backward in expressing them.
  • AnniePlaying age 23. Jess' younger sister, adopted by Jess parents, a recovering alcoholic, a cocaine user, an aspiring actress. A smaller part.
  • TonyPlaying age 60. Annie’s lover, a theatre director and a recovering alcoholic. A cocaine user, estranged from his wife, but still married. Has slept around. A smaller part.

    We will be using the Oberon Modern Plays 2016 edition. Actors successfully cast will be expected to purchase their own edition

    Any questions, or to borrow a copy of the script, please contact us at

    Rehearsals, which will start in early August, will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 6pm.

    Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.

    Muswell Hill