Production Details

Title The Old Country
Written By Alan Bennett
Director Margaret Johnson
Reading Monday 3rd December 2018 7:45pm
Auditions Monday 10th December 2018 at 7:45pm and
Saturday 15th 2018 at 2:30pm
Venue The auditions will take place at Incognito Theatre.
Rehearsals Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45pm and Sundays at a time to be agreed by cast and director.
Production Sunday 17th March 2019 – Saturday 23rd March 2019. Sunday performance starts at 6:00pm, all weekday performances start at 8.00pm, Saturday performances start at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
Script Edition Faber Paperbacks edition.  Note this edition is now out of print but second hand copies will be available for purchase from the Director. Actors successfully cast will be expected to purchase their own edition.
Synopsis In what appears to be a very English scene, Hilary and Bron are sitting peacefully on a verandah, when Hilary’s sister and her husband show up. But this is more than just a family visit, and it is soon revealed that all is not as it appears. Bennett deftly uses the backdrop of a 1970s Cold War spy story to explore questions of loyalty, betrayal and national identity in this suspenseful and entertaining play.


Cast Details

Character Description Playing Age
Hilary English upper middle class, bookish, loves language. Early 60s
Bron Hilary's wife, elegant but faded; long suffering but not afraid to assert herself. Early 60s
Duff Hilary's brother in law, newly knighted, rather pompous and self important. Mid 50s
Veronica Hilary's sister and Duff's wife. Elegant and fashionably dressed, full of life and energy. Early 50s
Eric An attractive but rather weak young man, husband to Olga. Late 20s
Olga Rather serious and dowdy, faint Eastern European accent. Early 30s


Audition Pieces

Here are the suggested Audition pieces. All page references to Faber Paperback edition

Characters Pages
Hilary 9-14, bottom 27-32, 48-53
Bron 9-13, 22-25, 40-43
Duff 27-32, 54-57, 59-62
Veronica 32-34, 40-43
Eric 16-19, 22-25, 54-57
Olga 16-22, 60-61

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