Audition Notice : ‘London Wall’ by John Van Druten
Wednesday April 15 @ 7:30 pm - April 19 @ 1:00 pm
Performance dates and venues :
These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only. The next company auditions are scheduled for March 1st and April 5th – click here for details, select a forthcoming audition date, and submit your details to our audition coordinators, Peter Westbury or Stephen Brasher
Audition Dates & Times :
Recalls (if required) will be arranged as soon as possible after auditions.
All cast and crew will be required for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals on Sunday 21st Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd June.
Please come prepared at auditions to give the director any dates during the rehearsal period that you are unavailable. Please make it clear if you wish to audition for certain roles only and are not prepared to accept another part.
If you have any questions about the play or the production or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown please contact the Director, Stephen Brasher.
Stephen Brasher has been a Tower regular for over fifteen years starting off doing Front of House duties, and moving on to reviewing our shows, organising both play and company auditions , writing programme notes for each production, lots of flyer delivery and box office duties. He was on the company committee for three years and is currently a trustee. He ASM’d on quite a few shows before becoming a Stage Manager – shows in either capacity include Foxfinder, Doctor Faustus, Henry V, Mother’s Day, Charley’s Aunt, Hindle Wakes, Telstar, Sailor Beware!, Pravda, Frankenstein and Fix Up. He was the Assistant Director on our 2017 production of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. He has done a couple of walk on roles in shows including a bailiff attacked by Joe Meek and an angry Norwegian in a bowler hat (photo available on request). On Talk Radio he did a range of silly voices including a psychopath with supper prepared and an over sharing cat owner.
London Wall is his directorial debut with the company.
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Guila Gallon
Lighting Design : Sam Littley
Sound Design : Tamara Douglas Morris
Assistant Director : Katherine Kennett
The director writes :
These days John Van Druten is remembered for writing I am a Camera (the play adaption that became the film Cabaret), and possibly for Bell, Book and Candle the comedy witchcraft play which used to be a staple of amateur theatre and was made into a film starring James Stewart. This might indicate that he was a Hollywood insider, but he was in fact, British, (of Dutch descent) and one of the most popular playwrights of the 1930s and 40s. He came to prominence with Young Woodley (1928) a tale of forbidden love between a school headmaster’s wife and one of his pupils which was condemned as immoral by the Bishop of London and briefly banned. His subsequent plays also have a subtle air of licence which was unusual for the time, and all of his plays contain very strong roles for women. London Wall (1931) is a comedy/drama set in the offices of a London solicitors office on the eponymous City Road. In an age when formality started to slip away the play shows how the staff of Messrs Walker, Windemere & Co are coping with the opposite sex. The play was unseen in London between its 1931 debut and the 2013/14 revival at the Finborough/St James theatres, and received universally good reviews in both eras.
Cast required :
All playing ages given are approximate. Please do not be put off from auditioning if you feel you aren’t quite the right age.
Birkinshaw: (late teens). The office boy who buys the biscuits and deals with the post, but most importantly operates the switchboard and therefore knows everybody else’s business…
Mr Brewer: ( 30s/40s): Brewer is what we would call these days the “office wolf”, always on the look out for women who will be unable to resist him, which to his mind is pretty much all of them. He isn’t a pantomime villain though.
Pat Milligan: (late teens). The ‘heroine’ of the piece, Pat is the newest recruit to the office of Walker, Windemere and Co, trying to get by on thirty shillings a week and cooking her dinner on a single gas ring in Stamford Hill.She looks forward to a trip to the Lyons corner House as a special treat and has a especial passion for the theatre (we love her already, no?). Hec Hammond has sort of become her boyfriend, but Brewer is lurking in the wings (and next to the filing cabinet).
Miss Bufton: (20s) Quite different from Pat, Bufton, in her own words “slops around with men” generally has a good time, including too many cocktails at lunchtime and would regard a Lyons Corner House as quite dull. Play is much more important than work as far as she is concerned, but she is fun and kind-hearted.
Miss Janus: (30s). Like Miss Hooper, Miss Janus has reached a difficult age , is restricted by elderly parents and is being kept at arm’s length by her Dutch pilot lover, who almost certainly has a girl in every aerodrome. Takes a shine to Pat, and definitely does not like Mr Brewer…
Miss Hooper: (30s) Like Miss Janus, unmarried in her thirties and hoping for her lover to divorce his wife. A stalwart of the office she doesn’t have quite the devotion to it and its staff that Miss Janus does. Less of a romantic, more of a realist.
Hec Hammond: (late teens). Works for the shipping firm downstairs from Walker, Windemere and has a dream of writing great novels and moving to Paris. Very keen on Pat, but short on cash and infirm of purpose, is in danger of being left behind with only a law textbook for company.
Mr Walker: (50s/60s). The senior partner of the firm, who the office staff are slightly afraid of – but he is a benevolent, patrician man who has navigated the move to a female dominated workplace more successfully than he himself might admit.
Miss Willesden: (60s). One of the firm’s more demanding clients, always commuting up from the South Coast wanting to see one of the partners, forever changing her will and starting hopeless law suits. Derided by Brewer and slightly scary to Pat, but much more than a standard ‘mad old lady’.
If you are interested in any of these roles or would like to discuss any aspect of the production please contact the Director, Stephen Brasher.