AUDITIONS: Terry Pratchett’s The Fifth Elephant, adapted by Stephen Briggs

7.45 in the Bar at the Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th January, 2018.

To be directed by Mark Preston & Sally Ransom, with Leanne Young.

April 2018 will see groups from all over the UK perform a month of Discworld plays to mark what would have been Terry Pratchett’s 70th birthday. As a group with a history and reputation for putting on these plays, I look forward to seeing us contribute to this anniversary event. I’m thinking of the Fifth Elephant as a cross between the Hobbit and Underworld films, with a touch of Hammer Horror! However it is more than just a genre parody, as it addresses ‘race relations’ between the different species on the Discworld.

CTW is committed to encouraging equality of opportunity and diversity, and the directors of The Fifth Elephant welcome auditionees from all parts of the local community to our open auditions.

Synopsis of play : Sam Vimes, the no-nonsense Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is sent on a diplomatic mission to the Discworld equivalent of Translyvania, to negotiate with werewolves, dwarves and vampires and prevent an inter-species war. Accompanied by his wife, a troll and a dwarf from the Watch, a mysterious diplomat, and an undead servant, Vimes faces a battle for his life in the snowy mountain forests of Uberwald.

Dates :

  • First rehearsal Sunday 18th February
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening rehearsals
  • Technical & dress rehearsals : 22nd & 24th April
  • Show run : 8 performances from 25th to 28th April and 2nd to 5th May

Characters :

11 male, 7 female : we can be flexible with our actors’ ages and genders!

  • Commander Samuel Vimes, c. 50 : down-to-earth, veteran police officer, head of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.
  • Lady Sybil Ramkin, c. 50 : his wife, confident, no-nonsense member of the Ankh-Morpork nobility.
  • Captain Carrot, c. 30 : Vimes’ deputy, honest, loyal, trustworthy ; orange hair or wig will be required!
  • Corporal Cheery Littlebottom, c 20-30 : Female dwarf in Watch, affable, observant, scene-of-crime officer.
  • Sergeant Detritus, c. 40 : Troll in Watch, strong, large, reliable.
  • Sergeant Angua Von Uberwald, c.30 ; Female werewolf in Watch, partner of Carrot, feisty, independent.
  • Inigo Skimmer, c. 30 : Civil servant, diplomatic, agile, with nervous laugh.
  • Gaspode, any age : Narrator, streetwise, talking dog.
  • Wolfgang Von Uberwald, c. 30 : brother of Angua, and leader of young werewolves, fascist, cunning, moderate role.
  • Igor, any age : undead servant and part-time surgeon in Uberwald, moderate role.
  • Lady Margolita, c.40-50 : elegant female vampire, small but important role.
  • Rhys Rhysson, c.60 : Welsh dwarf king, small but important role.

Plus various dwarves, werewolves, bandits, guards etc. We will also be looking for anyone who can help with costume, hair, make-up and stage crewing, as essential elements of this production.

For further details please feel free to contact director Mark Preston on : or 07885 501533.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Writers’ Workshop!

 All spaces have been filled for the Writers’ Workshop taking place in February and March 2018, but you can still register your interest in future workshops by filling out the form below.


Dates for the Directors’ Workshops are still to be announced; visit for more information.