by Matt Hartley
The director writes :
Two young couples, desperate to get on the London property ladder, agree to rent a tiny one bedroom flat together for a year in the hope of saving enough for a deposit. They start out full of enthusiasm, but the experience tests their friendship, relationships and even their dreams to the limit and beyond.
Matt Hartley's acutely observed and grimly humorous play shines a pitiless light into the world of Generation Rent and asks some difficult questions about the realities of living and working in London.
The four roles all provide terrific opportunities to create interesting and believable characters and if you enjoy working in a closely-knit team this is the show for you.
The characters are :
Playing age needs to be late 20s - early 30s. Characters can be of any ethnicity.
Rachel Maguire, primary schoolteacher. Committed to her chosen career and to the inner city children she teaches. Burdened with an over-developed sense of personal responsibility for everyone's welfare.
Ben Edwards, civil service press officer. Rachel's long-term partner. Reliable, conscientious. (He's the one who always remembers to buy the loo paper) but not a high-flyer. His 35th birthday focuses his inner fear that he will never be able to achieve the London life-style he always assumed he would have.
Melanie Crawford, marketing officer. Rachel's best friend from uni. Now earns considerably more than Rachel and enjoys a more glamorous way of life. Her contribution to making savings is to cut up her Whistles store card. She finds the enforced austerity very hard to bear.
Sam Grant, doctor. Slightly younger than the others. He has fairly recently become Melanie's partner after she ended an abusive relationship. Sam has fought his way to his present position from a disadvantaged childhood. He is super self-confident, ruthlessly determined and can be outspoken.
In the original production Rachel was black British and the other three were white British. However, this is not essential to the play. These modern young Londoners can be of any ethnicity.
Please read the play before auditioning. It can be bought from Nick Hern Books. You need the edition with a overhead view of a floor plan and four people on the cover.