this amateur production of
Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn
to be held on Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 7.30pm
Performance nights Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 February 2023
Director: Maggie Holland

Directors notes:

No preparation is needed.

If you wish to audition but can't make the audition date, please contact Maggie Holland beforehand, via email (

Rehearsals are to start in early January 2023 for performance week commencing 20th February 2023

There are 6 members of the cast, 3 male and 3 female, though at a push the role of Colin could be female. All the roles are substantial, there are no cameos.

The original script describes the characters as being late 30s or younger but this is a rough playing age and is reasonably flexible.

Evelyn is a new mum, which puts some limits on her age.

John is her husband.

Paul, Diana and Marge are slightly older and "wiser"

Colin would be a similar age.

Paul and Diana. and John and Evelyn are married couples. Marge is married but her hypochondriac husband is only ever (unheard) on the other end of a phone.

Colin was engaged but his fiancee drowned. The synopsis of the story is that the old friends invite Colin to a reunion tea party to cheer him up, but due to the underlying stresses between them all, the tables are turned and it is Colin who is the cheerful one.

If you are unable to attend this audition evening but would like to be considered, please contact us, and the director will arrange a separate audition time.
Rehearsals generally take place three times a week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoon or evening to be confirmed.
This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
If cast, actors are required to become members of the Playhouse Theatre for insurance purposes. This is available at a yearly rate of £20.