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The Innocents

by William Archibald

Director: Richard Hand

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Performance dates: 9 – 11, 15 – 18 January (including a matinee on 18 January) 2020


This story of unspeakable horror begins when a young governess arrives at an English estate to oversee two precocious, orphaned youngsters. There's also a motherly cook, but these four aren't alone - they're haunted by fears and phantoms and by ghastly shadows. The governess and cook are terrified, but the children appear to be possessed by the spirits and welcome their visitations. The governess learns the spirits are those of the former caretaker and maid, both perverse, who corrupted the souls of the innocents. In a final scene, full of fear and terror, she learns that the two are now inseparable: the evil and the innocents.

CASTING  2m/4f


Miss Giddens, the governess (20s) bright and energetic but increasingly anxious and troubled; self-assured but stubborn, not realising when she is getting dangerously out of her depth…


Mrs. Grose, the cook/housekeeper (40-60s) a down to earth and maternal woman, adores children and obeys and respects her superiors without question, even when her heart tells her otherwise…


Peter Quint, a ghost (40-50s) – non-speaking, but intimidating physical presence and movement are significant.


Miss Jessel, a ghost (20-30s) – non-speaking, but alluring physical presence and movement are significant.


Miles (needs to look/act like young/mid-teenager) – charming and intelligent beyond his years, very close to his younger sister, but there is a shadow that looms over him.


Flora (needs to look/act like young teenager) – sweet and playful, adores her older brother, but there is something slightly eerie about her.


Rehearsals will start week beginning 28 October 2019. Proposed rehearsal days will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings with a break over Christmas/New Year holidays


Sunday 1 September 1pm.  Audition pieces will be provided upon arrival on the afternoon of the audition. There is no necessity to prepare anything in advance. However, all auditionees are encouraged to read the play:

Play text: Samuel French: ISBN 978-0573610707