Audition for The Vortex

By Noel Coward
Director: Colin Gregory

Audition date & location:
Sunday 26th July 2020
7.30pm via Zoom

To register your interest and get a link please email

Performance dates:
Thursday 19th November (7.30pm), Friday 20th November (7.30pm), Saturday 21st November (7.30pm) and Sunday 22nd November (4.00pm) at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 1 North Road, Highgate, London N6 4BD

Note: We are going ahead with the audition for The Vortex , but the safety of performers, crew and audiences will always be paramount.  New restrictions may be introduced if cases of coronavirus begin to rise again.  If social distancing requirements have not been relaxed sufficiently to allow normal rehearsals to take place by mid-September, The Vortex will not be able to proceed and will be put off until 2021.   

The play:  The Vortex is a play for the 20s.  It was Noël Coward’s first success in 1924 and while on the surface it glitters with sharp repartee, the bitter truth that lies underneath reflects the characters’ struggle to come to terms with the emptiness of society after the trauma of the First World War.  It deals head-on with escape in drugs – shocking then and relevant today – and hints at a deeper conflict with homosexuality.  The complexities of the parent/child relationship and acceptance of our inevitable decline into old age are other over-arching themes.        

As with all GST productions we cast without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

We are also looking for someone to play the piano and sing as part of the production.  Please contact Colin if you would be interested in this. 

We will be rehearsing on two or three evenings on weekdays and on Sunday afternoons.  Weekday rehearsals will initially be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in mid-September; subsequently there may be some on Wednesdays as well.  Rehearsals will be held at the Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 from 8pm to 10.30pm on weekdays and 3pm to 6pm on Sundays. 

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.


Florence Lancaster. About 55. Egotistical but fragile. She “retains the remnants of great beauty”.

Nicky Lancaster.  24.  Her son. A concert pianist “with thin, nervous hands”.  Insecure and searching for love and meaning.

David Lancaster. About 60. Her husband.  Pleasant, patient, and resigned to life. 

Tom Veryan . 24.  Florence’s lover “athletic and good looking”.  In the Guards.  “One feels he is good at games and extremely bad at everything else”.

Bunty Mainwaring. 20s.  Nicky’s fianceé.  Self-assured, realistic and decisive.

Helen Saville. 30s.  Florence’s friend and someone who understands her.  Smartly dressed and sensible.

Pauncefoot Quentin. “An elderly maiden gentleman” of indeterminate age.

Clara Hibbert. 35+ An opera singer, temperamental and sensitive.

Preston. Florence’s maid.  Could be any age or gender.

Bruce Fairlight. An earnest playwright who writes “squalid” plays.  Any age.  Could double with Preston (playing Preston as any gender).

Audition Pieces (please download all three)
Audition piece one
List of audition pieces
Scanned audition pieces
Audition form
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