Show Auditions : The Boy who fell into a Book

by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by John Chapman.
Audition dates : 20th, 22nd and 26th June

Performance date and venue :
Thursday 20th October at 1.00 and 6.00
Friday 21st October at 7.30
Saturday 22nd October at 2.00 and 5.00
Sunday 23rd Oct ober at 2.00 (Relaxed performance)
Wednesday 26th October at 1.00
Thursday 27th October at 1.00 and 6.00
Friday 28th October at 7.30
Sat 29th October at 2.00 and 5.00
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Audition dates and times :
Auditions will be held on the evenings of Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd June and the morning of Sunday 26th June at the Tower Theatre, 16 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HR.

!!! Note that the dates scheduled for auditions have been changed to try and avoid planned industrial action on the transport system on two of the days. It is imperative that you let the director know about your intention to audition so that you can be kept in the loop should there be any further need to revise dates. !!!

Please notify the director of your intention to audition and further details of the format and exact timing will be supplied. Please also let the director know if you would like to audition but the dates/times are problematic. All contact via [email protected]
Any necessary recall audition will take place by invitation from the director.

Please ensure you have read through (and, equally importantly, tried to envisage) the play before auditioning. It is published by Faber and is available via Concord Theatricals, Amazon, Waterstones and other customary channels. It can also probably be borrowed through a library service (ISBN 0-571-20334-5). Alternatively, a reading copy of the script will be available from the Tower Theatre Office.

Auditions are for fully paid up Tower Theatre Company acting members only.

If you would like to join the Company, please click here for more information.

About the Play

“How can I go to sleep in the middle of a story?”

The Tower’s family show this year celebrates the power of both the printed word and the imagination as young Kevin takes an epic journey through the volumes on his bookshelf

“This is for anyone who ever secretly read under the bed clothes as a child and who has ever been captivated by a story in a book “ (Alan Ayckbourn)

Performers who enjoy creating characters, inventing worlds and recognise the power of storytelling will find much to relish here. We are looking for a small committed team who will work well as an ensemble and believe that family theatre should be every bit as good as shows aimed at adults. Those keen to experiment with movement, voice and various theatrical genres are particularly encouraged to audition.

Alan Ayckbourn has written a number of  family shows which are frequently thematically linked to one of his ‘adult’ plays. The Boy Fell Into A Book directly inspired his later play Improbable Fiction – which, not by coincidence, the Tower is producing directly after the run of this show. TBWFIAB first premiered in Scarborough in 1998 as part of the International Year of Reading. A musical adaptation opened in 2014… but we’re not attempting that! You can find out a lot more about the show and its various incarnations here

Cast  Required (Casting will be entirely neutral in terms of ethnicity, age, gender and physicality)

Kevin: 10 years old and an avid reader – especially after lights out time. Proves resourceful in navigating his own story. This will need an actor who can convincingly capture the age of the character and have resilience being onstage throughout.

Rockfist Slim: A fictional detective of the “hard boiled” variety who mentors Kevin through his various adventures

Four ensemble players who will multi-role through a wide variety of characters, namely: Monique – a femme fatale, Brunt – a heavyweight henchman, various chess pieces, fairy tale folk, characters from R.L. Stevenson’s Kidnapped, a headless monk and The Wooblies (you’ll have to read the script!)


Rehearsals will take place on weekday evenings and weekends starting from mid-July (with a substantial break planned during August). This piece is very much an ensemble effort, and it is essential that if cast you can attend as many rehearsals as called for. Building a solid muscle memory for the action of the play will only come through structured rehearsal with your fellow performers. Rehearsals will be worked out in collaboration with the cast but please come prepared at auditions to notify any dates during the rehearsal period when you know you will be unavailable.

In addition to the performances (and please check start times carefully above before committing) you should hold free the following dates for the get in, tech/dress rehearsals, etc.: Sunday 16th (daytime), Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th (evenings) October.


If you have questions about the production or wish to join the creative/technical team, please contact the director.

John Chapman
John Chapman has appeared in/directed over 150 productions and had a long association with the works of Alan Ayckbourn (to see just how extensive, go to Somewhat of a “latecomer” to Tower Theatre he debuted as Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (2012) and has since been in another dozen or so Tower productions. Most recently he flew solo in Krapp’s Last Tape. In 2016 he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation. His previous Tower directing jobs have been with Bedroom Farce in 2017 and the riotous Rules For Living in 2019; the latter included a full on food fight. Both productions were popular with audiences and very positively reviewed. During lockdown he set up and co-ordinated the company’s online initiative, Virtual Tower, producing over 30 evenings of entertainment. He also spent far too much time watching and reviewing online theatre for his syndicated blog 2nd From Bottom. He is looking forward to getting back to onstage directing with his first full family oriented show and hopes you’ll want to join him on this journey through the wonderful world of books.