Show Auditions : When You Go to Ireland

by Kate Roche. Directed by Simona Hughes.

This is one of four plays being presented together as Writers’ Room : Home, showcasing talent from the Tower Theatre’s Writers’ Room.

Performance dates and venue :
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 December at 7.30pm. Matinée on Saturday 16 December at 3pm.
To be performed in the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Audition dates and time :
Wednesday 11 (7pm) and Saturday 14 October (1pm) at the Tower Theatre.

Please contact the Director, Simona Hughes to obtain a copy of the script, find out more and reserve your place.
Please read the script before auditioning.
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
London-based Evelyn invites her adult daughter and son over for ‘lunch’. Their suspicions are rightly aroused, as this is not something she normally does. It turns out she has a very dramatic request to make of them. She has decided that when she dies, she “wants to go home” to be buried in Ireland….

In this beautifully written, in equal measure funny and moving piece, we dig deep into what “home” actually means and the pull of our roots, especially as the end draws near. There is much to get our teeth into here!

Cast Required

Evelyn (Female, White, playing age 70s/80s)
Smart, witty and determined woman who has a tough exterior but a keen emotional intelligence and a deep understanding of her children. Evelyn was born to Irish parents and spent the first 8 years of her life in Cork, Ireland before coming to England. She has no trace of an Irish accent.

Tessa (Female, White, playing age 30s)
Evelyn’s sensitive and emotional daughter, we are told she takes after her father in this. Tessa is a mother herself and a warm and devoted daughter. She finds her mother’s sudden declaration very difficult to absorb and process. How will she be able to properly grieve Evelyn when her body is so far away and across the sea?

Irvine (Male, White, playing age 30s)
Irvine is made of very different stuff from his sister, and has inherited Evelyn’s practical, no-nonsense attitude and emotional restraint. He is also fairly disengaged as a son or brother and does little to disguise the fact….. He has some very funny lines!


Rehearsals will begin in the week beginning 30 October, times/days to be decided and to accommodate cast availability. The get-in is on Sunday 10 Dec with tech/dress rehearsals throughout the day on Monday 11 Dec. Cast must be available for all of this period, and for every performance.

Simona Hughes
Simona Hughes completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated (with distinction) in 2019. She is one of the Artistic Directors at the Tower Theatre and has been a company member for 20 years, during which time she has served on the Management Committee and both acted and directed. Directing credits at Tower include Coram Boy, A Passage to India, Table, Love Love Love, Brontë and, most recently, Labour of Love. Elsewhere she has directed (short pieces) at Theatre 503, Vault Festival, The Bread and Roses and The Pit (Barbican) and has written and directed her own play About 500, which was staged at The Union, The Omnibus and The King’s Head and was nominated for 3 awards.  Simona is particularly interested in using movement and in deep exploration of text/subtext and character in her work. Her original training was in psychotherapy and this has definitely influenced the way she explores the layers of meaning and motivation in drama.

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