Auditions will take place on:

  • Sunday 2nd Oct in CBS Synge St from 4pm until 8pm
  • Monday 3rd Oct in The Harbour Playhouse from 6pm until 11pm

Callbacks will take place on:

  • Sunday 9th Oct in The Harbour Playhouse from 3pm until 8pm.

Register your interest by emailing Renée Van de Schoor on including in your email:

  • Subject line containing “Audition – *character names*”
  • The two characters you would like to read for
  • Any time restrictions on the above mentioned dates
  • If possible, a short note on why you would like to read for your chosen characters.

Scenes for audition will be emailed to auditionees on Sunday 25th September. Read the scenes. Be comfortable with the scenes. It is not necessary to be off-script for the auditions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Renée or Shivvy Hickey (
Please note that:

  • To audition, you must be a fully paid up member of No Drama, i.e. have paid the monthly fees
  • If you are to receive a callback, it may not be for characters you initially auditioned for.
  • Accents are not necessary
  • Wear comfortable clothes for the audition
  • To get a feel for the script, read Act 1 (Act 2 contains the big reveal)

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS (Including a brief description of each character by the actors from the BBC adaptation):
Mr. Thomas Rogers:
Middle-aged man servant. Quick and deft. Hounded from prior employments by cruel gossip, the new butler has nothing left in this world besides his wife, Ethel. Rogers is a very loyal and proper servant.

Noah Taylor on Rogers:
“Rogers is a dangerous and duplicitous fellow. He’s skilled at presenting a fawning, subservient image to his masters, whilst plotting away against them downstairs. He is frustrated and bitter with his lot in life and takes it out on his poor long-suffering wife Ethel.”

Fred Narracott:
Delivers groceries and brings the guests to the island. (very small part)

Mrs. Ethel Rogers:
Thin, frightened, meek and biddable housekeeper. Ethel is the wife of Thomas Rogers on whom she is utterly dependent. A life of service and the stain of rumour have weakened her soul. Ethel’s one retreat is in the kitchen, where she truly excels.

Anna Maxwell Martin on Ethel Rogers:
“She’s very damaged. She’s cowed by life, dedicated to her job but very scared of her husband.”

Vera Claythorne:
25, good looking woman. Former governess who comes to the Island to serve as a secretary. Very intelligent and capable character. Vera is decent and polite and plays down her compelling beauty to evade the attention of men. Very nervous at times which can lead to hysteria.

Maeve Dermody on Vera Claythorne:
“She has everything going on, she is so complicated and unexpected. She’s really strong – She has these jobs and supports herself as a single woman in the 1930s so she’s powerful in that way. But she won’t show anyone her true self…”

Philip Lombard:
Attractive, lean man of 34. Well tamed, touch of an adventurer.
Mysterious, curious and resourceful man. He’s bolder and more cunning that most of the characters. A natural predator in any circumstance, and he knows it.

Aidan Turner on Philip Lombard:
“It was a nice change to play somebody who doesn’t really care about anyone but himself. He’s totally shady. He’s kind of amoral as well and has a complete disregard for humanity. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do, I wouldn’t put anything past him. He’s a nasty kind of guy and you get the impression he’s done some horrible things in his life and he’s not really regretful of any of them.”

Anthony Marston:
Rich, athletic man. 23, good looking, spoiled, not very intelligent.

Douglas Booth on Marston:
“What’s interesting about Marston is that he is truly unaware of his secret, of his darker side, because he is just so thoughtless, so uncaring and self-centred that he’s not even aware. Marston is a reckless young man who doesn’t really think about much else other than what is directly in front of him and his own desires, needs and wants.”

William Blore:
Middle-aged, thickset man. Wearing rather loud clothes, giving the idea of a South-African gold magnate. His eyes dart about making notes of everything,
“He is ill-at-ease with the complex social web in which he finds himself trapped.”

General Mackenzie:
Upright and decorated war hero. He is decent, upstanding and thoroughly romantic. Gentle face. Without any doubt a patriot, yet there is much about the war that haunts him.

Sam Neill on General Mackenzie:
“As for so many millions of others, the battles of the First World War took their toll on him – there wasn’t anyone that came out of that war undamaged. He is a damaged man.”

Emily Brent:
Tall, thin, spinster who has devoted her life to improving the lot of young women. Her commitment to Christ has no limits, those who fail to meet her strict moral standards inevitably suffer the blunt end of her intractable beliefs. Ruthless woman.

Miranda Richardson on Emily Brent:
“She starts out as this monstrous, bible reading, God fearing, knitting person. But as time goes on you find out more about her.. “

Sir Lawrence Wargrave:
Recently retired judge. Once possessed a brilliant legal mind. Highly intelligent man with a commanding personality. Profoundly frail and battling against a crumbling memory.

Charles Dance on Justice Wargrave:
“He is multi-faceted and you never know quite what he’s up to. On the bench he had acquired a reputation for levelling the most severe of penalties to people that appeared before him. He was not a merciful judge.”

Dr. Armstrong:
Fussy, good looking man of 44. Very confident and precise.
Looks rather tired. Nerve specialist.
“It takes little to expose his terrible temper, which sours life for all who cross his path.“

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