AUDITION - Run for your Wife PDF Print E-mail

Saturday 25th February 1:30pm

Run for your Wife by Ray Cooney


DIRECTOR: Alan Youngson




A London cab driver, John Smith, has two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. Barbara and Mary live in neighbouring suburbs 10 minutes apart. By strict adherence to this schedule for years, John has been a successful but increasingly tired bigamist !


Trouble brews when John is mugged and ends up in hospital with mild concussion, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate.


Having upset his knife edge schedule, John tries bravely to cope but becomes hopelessly entangled in fanciful attempts to explain himself - to a succession of prying police detectives, two increasingly irate wives, the pushy newspaper photographer and a camp neighbor - by implying that Stanley his macho wisecracking friend from next door may be his lover – until he manfully confesses the truth- but nobody believes him !

These are superb and challenging character roles for actors aged 25 to 50 plus - especially for those who have experience playing English / British farce.


·      Below is information about auditions, audition scenes, character traits and actor capabilities. For a script, further info or discussion - please contact Alan asap mob: 0499089998 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

·         Any interested actors please contact me and send me their biography including mobile and email contact details, jpeg colour pics and list of roles they have performed and for which theatre company.


Audition will be held at:

Chelmer Community Centre, Cnr Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets, Chelmer. 

If for some reason, you are unavailable on that date, an earlier audition can be arranged.

CALLBACKS: (if necessary) TBA during the week of 26 Feb to 5 March.


MAY PERFORMANCES: 7:30pm Sat 6th; Friday and Saturdays May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27; Sunday matinees: 14 (6pm); and 21 (2pm). Cast must be available for all.

START OF REHEARSALS: Sunday 5th March, 2017                                                            

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Sundays 9:30am to 3.30pm – Full cast - as required;

plus Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm – 10pm TBC dependent on cast availability but can accommodate the occasional 1st and/or 3rd Mondays of the month – 7pm to 10pm                                                                  

Technical, Dress & Preview week please keep free Sunday 30/4 to Friday 5th May.


Audition pages

Characters involved

ACT 1  2-3

Mary & Barbara

4,5 6, 7

Mary, John & Detective Sgt. Troughton


Troughton, Stanley, John

10, 11

John and Stanley

31 - 34

Bobby, Barbara and Stanley

34, 35

Stanley and Detective Sgt..Porterhouse

35 - 38

Mary, Porterhouse and Stanley

ACT 2 44 - 50

Troughton, John, Barbara and Stanley

54 - 58

Barbara, John, Stanley & Porterhouse

59 – 63 half way

Stanley, John, Barbara, Mary

63 half way - 72

Bobby, John, Mary, Stanley & Porterhouse

73 - 78

Troughton,  Porterhouse, Stanley, John & Mary


The Characters (Actors) must look the right ages and sound authentically British.



John Smith 30 to 40 years old. A bigamist London taxi driver with houses and wives, Mary and Barbara, in neighbouring suburbs -10 minutes apart

  • Needs to look innocent of bigamist behaviour to surprise audience and other characters.
  • Under pressure has capacity to come up with plausible and hilarious answers to unexpected situations - but still panics when alone
  • Interacts lovingly with both wives – but can also pretend he is gay
  • Needs excellent comic timing, physical versatility and great teamwork with Stanley especially

Stanley Gardner

35 to 45 years old. A fairly macho, wise cracking talker - happily unemployed, next door neighbour and a sponge !

  • Knows how to deliver witty lines
  • Good with British accents and characterisations
  • Physically demanding – sometimes has over the top reactions – especially when passed off as John’s gay partner
  • Pretends to be Barbara’s husband to police
  • Makes up story that John and Barbara have a naughty young child called Stanley who drinks and does drugs
  • Keeps putting his foot in his mouth
  • Needs excellent farce timing and great teamwork with John especially

Mary Smith attractive 25 - 35 years old from Streatham. Appears in control but a series of unexpected situations gradually throw her off-balance completely.   

  • Probably a red head with occasional drama queen personality
  • Fusses over John but treats him like an errant schoolboy
  • Outraged by Stanley posing as her husband to police
  • Physically and vocally demanding  - needs to be able perform the whole gamut of emotions - charming to frustrated, dramatic to outraged and distraught with hysterics and screams
  • Needs to run around in bra and panties for a short time
  • Needs excellent miming and comic timing with Barbara especially

Barbara Smith, 25-35 years old from Wimbledon. Pretty and happily married – doesn’t suspect anything – till later.

  • Probably a blonde who is mainly loving and believing of John – until he locks her in her bedroom and her kitchen saying to the policemen- “she is the maid.”
  • Needs excellent miming and comic timing with Mary especially

Detective Sergeant Troughton, aged 40-50. An experienced but officious police detective who doesn’t think anyone can pull the wool over his eyes.

  • Good vocal variety
  • Ability to be commanding physically and verbally to the point of being officious and intolerant of fools
  • Likes to surprise people and catch them out.

Detective Sergeant Porterhouse, 45-55 years old- bit of a plodder

  • A little droll (perhaps a Yorkshire) English accent
  • A bit gullible wanting to believe the best in people –often says naïve
  • Considerate and compassionate but a bit too philosophical about giving advice on married life

Bobby Franklyn, 30-35,  somewhat camp but happy with Cyril his dressmaker “girlfriend”

·         Subtly camp to begin but can do all the mannerisms and vocals

·         Charming and witty with women

·         Good comic timing

·         Occasionally, a bit of  a drama queen

Newspaper Photographer, any age

·         Pushy


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Murder!  Misadventure! Melodrama! Moving on! Mayhem!

 4 – 25 March                           Murderers by Jeffrey Hatcher

                                                “a killer comedy”

                                                Directed by Gary O’Neill

"Murderers" consists of three comic monologues about revenge, blackmail, money, justice, jealousy, and murder set in the Riddle Key Luxury Senior Retirement Living Center and Golf Course.   Gerald. Lucy. Minka. They look like everyday people, but  they have one dark secret in common-they’re murderers. In this black comedy these three unlikely killers justify their crimes in the most outrageously funny ways. Homicide has never been so hilarious!

The stories:  

THE MAN WHO MARRIED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW is Gerald Halverson's confession of an elicit love and a plan to shelter five million dollars from the IRS. When Gerald's mother-in-law, Spiffy, finds out she hasn't long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate "in the family." But when they move down to Florida to wait out Spiffy's death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald's plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder.

MARGARET FAYDLE COMES TO TOWN is about Lucy Stickler, the long-suffering wife of Bob, a septuagenarian who used to have a roving eye. Bob's been on his best behavior for the past twenty years, but when Margaret Faydle, the still-glamorous femme fatale who stole him from Lucy when they were young, takes up residence at Riddle Key, Bob goes back into action. So Lucy constructs a diabolical plan to get rid of her cheating spouse and his AARP inamorata once and for all.

MATCH WITS WITH MINKA LUPINO stars Minka Lupino, Riddle Key's ever-sunny, ever-helpful receptionist. Minka is a fan of crime novels who becomes an avenging angel on a mission to rid the retirement community of its predators: the conniving heirs, the sticky-fingered health-care workers, the salesmen and contractors and Bible thumpers who prey upon helpless senior citizens. But when Minka comes face to face with her idol, a famous mystery novelist who has retired to Riddle Key, she knows she's met her match. In the end, only one of them will survive.


6 – 27 May                              Run for your Wife by Ray Cooney

                                                “One London cabbie, two wives, one very wild ride”

                                                Directed by Allan Youngson

The story revolves around London Cab driver John Smith with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers, with “help” from his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs.


 17 June @ 2pm                       A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (a play reading)


22 July – 12 August                The Spring Heeled Terror of Stepney Green by Stanley Walsh

                                            Directed by William McCreery-Rye

                                            A Theatre restaurant.

Extra! Extra! Rad the news – Danger lurking in the mews.  Monster strikes – police are fraught – Orders are – “He must be caught”!


9 – 30 September                    Good Grief by Keith Waterhouse

                                                “there is far more to life than death”

                                                Directed by Cam Castles

A sensitive, wryly humorous study of a middle-aged widow who finds the courage to break with the past. June keeps a diary in the form of private conversations with her late husband Sam, a national newspaper editor. Her stepdaughter, Pauline, determines to keep an eye on June. Likewise, Eric Grant, an ex-colleague of Sam's. But June strikes out on her own and befriends Duggie, who, like June, is lonely. June, however, discovers that Pauline, Eric and Duggie have their own hidden agenda.


4 – 25 November                    There goes the Bride by Ray Cooney

                                                Directed by Janine Francis

When harassed advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding, he awakes to find himself in the company of Polly Perkins, a 1920s Flapper girl straight out of his current advertising campaign. It soon becomes all too clear that no-one else can see or hear her, and when another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, the carefully planned wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos as friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived Australian in-laws' abandon the wedding...

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Chelmer Community Centre
Cnr. Queenscroft & Halsbury Streets
Chelmer  Qld  4068
Performance time changes ... PDF Print E-mail


That from 2016 our Friday & Saturday night performances will start at 7.30pm

The first Sunday performance will start at 6pm

The second Sunday performance will start at 2pm

The theatre restaurant performs on a Saturday & Sunday only, starting at 6pm

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