Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB               Box office: 01603 626414                   Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724

The Sewell Barn Company

Flare Path


from a story by Oscar Wilde

Director:  Rob Morris


Performances:  1-3, 7-10 December 2016 (matinée 10 December)


A well respected cheiromantist (palmist) predicts that Lord Arthur will commit a murder at some point in his life, so, out of consideration for his wife to be, he conspires to get it over with before his upcoming wedding. It is not as easy as he had thought.

This black comedy, adapted from an original short story by Oscar Wilde, if played well, will be hilarious. The concept is ridiculous which is what makes it so very funny, especially to a modern day audience.


Baines  Lord Arthur’s butler, 40-60.

Lord Arthur 25-35.  

Sybil Arthur’s fiancée, late teens to mid 20s.

The Dean Arthur’s elderly uncle, mid 50s upwards.

Lady Windermere Arthur’s aunt, 40-50.

Lady Clementina Arthur’s great-aunt, mid 50s upwards

Lady Julia Sybil’s mother, 40-50.

Podgers A cheiromantist, 30 upwards .

Winkelkopf 35-55, needs to have a convincing German accent.

Nellie  The maid.


It is my hope to rehearse Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only resorting to Sunday should it be deemed needed and for a possible tech day. First rehearsal 26 September 7.00pm.


28 June 2016 at 7:00pm in the Barn

18 July 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Barn
This is an alternative date for those who cannot attend the earlier audition, and may also be used for recalls. Please contact the director, Rob Morris, to notify him of your attendance at either event.

I am usually happy to just read through the script, I am aware that some very good actors do not enjoy reading, if you are such an actor then I just need to know before the audition date. If you are interested but cannot attend this date please email me and we can arrange another time.


ISBN: 9780573012457 (Samuel French)

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