Having only produced small scale festival productions in my brief theatre career I’ve generally been a beggar rather than a choose when it comes to casting. But now that we’re doing a main show I get to play with nearly all of the toys in the Crouch End Players toybox and together with the director, Victoria, had to run auditions.
Fortunately Victoria is an old hand at this shit because frankly I didn’t have a bloody clue and Ayckbourne’s advice in his excellent book The Crafty Art of Playmaking advises producers to let the writer nowhere near the audition process. Alas I’m both producer and writer on this project so couldn’t duck the responsibility.
However, with Victoria at the helm and a couple of Players Legends on the team we were able to put the wannabe Comédien(ne)s through their paces. For those who didn’t make it to the final nine I have only craven apologies at having not been able to find room for everyone.
And what a final nine they are! Here is our final selection, they make a fine company …
A Soldier’s Song Cast
(In order of appearance)
Hector – James Allnutt
Clarke – Marion Dancoing
Hobbs – Jamin O’Donovan
Uncle Charles – Dave Mahon
Rose – Alex Seeetnam
Harriet – Hannah Shaw
Mrs Dubois – Rebecca Cutts
Lord Chilton – Matt Griffin
Sam – Vicky Murdoch
The show will run from Wednesday 27th March 2019 to Saturday 30th 2019 with four evening performances and a Saturday matinée at the Moravian Hall, Priory Rd, Hornsey, London N8 7HR.
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