Show Auditions : Cock

by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Nick Edwards.

Performance dates and venue :
Evenings at 7:30pm: Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 and Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 September at 7.30
Matinées at 3pm: Saturdays 21 and 28 September at 3pm.
To be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Audition dates and time :
Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 July from 6pm at the Tower Theatre.
Possible recalls on Saturday 6 July from 12.30pm.

To book an audition or discuss the play please contact the Director, Nick Edwards.
Auditions will be script based and audition sides will be sent through on request. There is no need to learn any part of the script, but familiarity with the pieces would be advantageous.
Auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.

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

About the Play:
Can love appear where you least expect it?

Ever since he can remember, John has known he is gay. So how can he have fallen in love with a woman? And how will he tell the man that he has lived with for years? Is it possible to love two people at the same time and do we really know what makes us feel the way we feel?

From the pen of Mike Bartlett, Cock is a tightly-written, funny and poignant Olivier-award winning play focusing the lens on what gender, sexuality and relationships mean in the 21st century.

Casting Breakdowns
This is a play with four really strong, exciting parts for actors. All parts are open to any ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as all genders identities including non-binary and trans actors. The playing ages are approximate.
Note the only named character is John but throughout the rehearsal process, the director is keen for the team to work together to create full character backgrounds for every part.

John (Male presenting, 25-35) : In the middle of the love triangle, unable to decide between his boyfriend, M and W, the woman he meets on the journey to work.

M (Male presenting, 25-40) : John’s Partner of many years.

W (Female presenting 25-40) : A woman that John falls in love with.

F (Male presenting 45-65) : The father of M who represents a different generational viewpoint.


Rehearsals will start from Thursday 25 July, with rehearsals on Mondays (7pm – 10pm), Thursdays (7pm – 10pm) and Saturdays (12pm – 4pm). You will not be needed for all rehearsals and sometimes we may not need the whole rehearsal time. However, please leave these days and times open where possible.

We will have a collaborative process to develop and discover the characters and their backgrounds and objectives, using the script as a starting point, but developing beyond that to explore the issues of the play in depth.

Please note there will be some mild scenes of closeness and intimacy and the use of intimacy coordination will be used to ensure that all actors feel comfortable and relaxed at all times.

You will be asked for dates of rehearsal unavailability at the auditions. Please try to give these as accurately as possible so as to help us plan the rehearsal schedule.

All cast and crew are required for get in, tech and dress rehearsal all day on Sunday 15 and in the evenings of Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September.

Nick Edwards

This is Nick Edwards‘ first show as a director for the Tower. He’s acted in ten productions, having roles in Under the Blue Sky, The Vortex, The Deep Blue Sea, Time and the Conways, Mother’s Day, Clybourne Park, Sweat, London Wall and most recently Consent. He has acted and directed on the London stage with various theatre groups, most notably KDC and SEDOS. When not acting, Nick is an assistant principal at a Surrey academy.

Assistant Director: Emily Carmichael

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