‘Lilies on the Land’ by The Lions part

Auditions on Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th April 2019.

Both 7.45 in the Bar at the Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield Road, Chelmsford.

(Directors Mark Preston & Martin Robinson)


“Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye”

‘Lilies on the Land’ tells the story of four World War 2 Land Girls and how their lives changed forever as they learned how to work on the land and cope with the unexpected, far from home. The play shows their contribution to the war effort, the conditions they endured, and the fun they had in between, from milking cows and ploughing fields to dances with airmen and the loss of loved ones. Featuring songs of the era and anecdotes based on true testimony, ‘Lilies on the Land’ is a funny and bitter-sweet account of unforgettable experiences while war raged in Europe.

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


Key Dates :

  • First rehearsal : Sunday 5th May
  • Rehearsals on Monday & Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons
  • Technical & dress rehearsals : 30th June, 1st July
  • Show run : 5 performances from 2nd to 6th July

Characters :

  • Margie – Durham or Newcastle accent, a ‘townie’, warm, naïve, childlike
  • Peggy – Happy, confident young Cockney, energetic, enthusiastic
  • Poppy – From Oxfordshire, ‘posh’, outgoing, romantic
  • Vera – No accent specified, thoughtful, educated, introspective
  • Plus a fifth person, male or female, to play multiple smaller roles

4 female (circa 20-40) and 1 male or female (any age) : we can be flexible with our actresses’ ages, but the main thing we’re looking for is the ability to play characters in their 20s ; and for them to work closely together as a team. Although the four main characters are in separate locations, and often narrate their experiences to the audience, they also support each other as their fellow land girls. We are also looking for a fifth person, male or female, to play a succession of incidental characters, as airmen, farmers etc. All actors will be on stage all the time, for two halves of 45 minutes.

Oh and did I mention the singing? … We’re not looking for exceptional singers or soloists, but the four main characters burst into song together on a regular basis. So I would like to ask each auditionee to prepare a World War 2 song of their choice to sing, and we’ll start the auditions with those individually, before continuing with group scenes.

We may also need a couple of assistant stage managers who would be prepared to work back-stage and help out with front-of-house.

For further details please feel free to contact director Mark Preston on : m.preston67@yahoo.co.uk or 07885 501533.

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Note that in exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary for one or more characters to be assigned prior to auditions. There will always be advanced notice of this to avoid disappointment. Unless there is an exception clearly stated here, roles are not pre-determined.

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