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The Sewell Barn Company

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by Matt Grinter

Director – Sabrina Poole

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Performance dates – 11 – 13 , 17 – 20 June (with a matinee on 20 June) 2020



‘An incisive, unflinching insight into what makes a community tolerate the unthinkable.’

Midsummer. The village must choose a new Daughter to sail with the fishing boats and bless the waters, keeping them safe from the roaming orcas for another year. Fan hopes with all her heart to be the one they choose. But her older sister Maggie says she must never, never, go with the boats. Because something happened to Maggie out there. And no one will admit it.

The production will draw on folk lore and traditions, and utilise soundscapes, to explore how a single person can make or break a community.


Please note - actresses interested in the three female characters will need to be 16 years old or above.

Maggie – 18 – She is stubborn, opinionated, and fiercely protective of her sister. There is a steely edge to her, an underlying pain that drives her anger.

Fan – 14 – Maggie’s younger sister. She is sweet-natured, excitable, naive. She still believes in fairy tales and mythical creatures, loves her family deeply and just wants everyone to be happy.

Gretchen – 16 – A young girl from the village, a previous Daughter like Maggie. She is frightened and flighty. Unsure of who to trust, she increasingly desperate measures to find a way out.

Joshua – 40+ - The father of Maggie and Fan. Described as looking as if the joy and strength have been washed out of him. He is frustrated and hurt by their continued isolation from the community, worried about how he will provide for his family, and blames their situation on Maggie’s behaviour.

The Father – 50+ - The leader of the village community, an elder figure. He is highly revered and respected. The opposite of Joshua, he has a strong physical presence, rugged and strong. He is extremely charming and entirely threatening.


Rehearsals will begin w/c 6 April, three times a week, moving up to four in the last couple of weeks before the show. In the initial schedule rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, however that may be altered to accommodate cast availability.


Sunday 23 February 14:00. The audition will consist of reading sections of the text in pairs. Copies of the audition material are available from the director via email beforehand and will also be available on the day.

It is recommended that you read the script beforehand: Publisher Nick Hern, ISBN - 9781848426160

If you are unable to make the above audition date please email the director to arrange an alternative date/time.