By Joseph Zettelmaier

Directed by Cam Castles

Season – 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30 November.


Los Angeles, 1933. PI Frank Ellery doesn’t know it, but he’s taken on the strangest case of his life. A literary agent has been gruesomely murdered. The 4 suspects: his remaining clients, all writers for different pulp magazines. Frank dives into the mystery, and his world turns upside down as life begins to imitate literature. Science fiction, romance, adventure, horror…and one down-on-his-luck gumshoe who’s about to learn what really lurks between the lines. 4M/1F


Frank Ellery– Stereotypical 1930’s Private Eye

Age: 35+         

Wise-cracking but deadpan. Jaded, washed up. Strong vocal qualities for V/O. 

Desiree St. Claire– Romance writer. 

Age: Open      

Femme fatale, fast wit, intelligent, dangerous, dresses to impress.

Bradley Rayburn– Science Fiction writer.

Age: 20s – 30s with the ability to age up.

Bumbling, self-deprecating, quirky. Mad scientist type.

A. Lyncroft – Horror writer.

Age: Open.     

Severe, humourless, creepy, menacing, serious.

Walter Kingston-Smith – Adventure writer.

Age: Open.     

Handsome, athletic, stylish, confident. Indeterminate (is he/isn’t he) sexuality.  

An American accent is a prerequisite for Frank and Desiree, and is preferred but optional for the other characters.

A short, suitably appropriate pre-prepared piece would be highly regarded, but is not mandatory. Selections from the script will be read on the day.

Please contact the Director; for further information.