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Absent Friends

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Director: Peter Roberts

Enquiries: 0407103613

Characters Summary: 2F(30-40)2M(30-40)1F(30) 1M(30)

Characters: CAST 

All characters (Save John/ Evelyn) are late 30s to late 40s with the characters of John, and especially Evelyn, somewhat younger than the others. 

Wife to Paul. A woman on the edge. She's reached the end of what she sees as her useful life. A life she has devoted to her husband, her home and her children.

John's wife, a young mother. A different generation to Diana.

Wife of the unseen and ill Gordon. Friends with Diana. Her desperate, unfulfilled desire for children has led her to make a child of her unseen, constantly ailing and seemingly helpless husband, Gordon.

A friend of Colin; Husband of Diana. A successful self-made businessman, egotistical, somewhat self-deluded and something of a bully.

Friend and incompetent business partner of Paul. Cuckolded husband of Evelyn.

The reason for this party and the catalyst of the drama. He has recently lost his fiancee - Carol, the love of his life, in a dreadful accident.

Precast Characters: None

Audition Venue: Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre, Castella Street Lilydale

Theatre: Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre, Castella Street Lilydale

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Synopsis: Diana has organised a tea party for Colin, an old friend of her husband Paul. Colins fiancee has recently drowned and the aim is to cheer him up with a gathering of old friends Paul, John and Gordon. Gordon is, typically, ill and his wife Marge turns up instead, while Paul and John are less than enthusiastic about the party. 

The play was a change of direction for Aykbourne. It takes place in real time over the period of a couple of hours. This gives the play tremendous tension leading up to its hilarious, despairing climax and provides a wonderful emotional ride for the actors and audience. 

Other Information:


  • To book an audition email 
  • You will be asked to read two short scenes from the play with the director or another actor. 
  • Arrive in plenty of time before your allotted time so that you have time read through the scripts which will be available to you in the waiting area. 
  • Demonstrate a capacity to speak in a lower middle-class English accent. You don't have to nail it on the day but show a capacity to develop it. 

CALLBACKS(if necessary) 
If called back, you will be asked to read the same scenes with another auditionee. 

SUNDAY: 2.00-5.00 
TUESDAY: 7.30-10.30 
THURSDAY: 7.30-10.30 


Tuesday 21 November, 2017
Wednesday 22 November, 2017
Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre
Venue Address
Castella Street

Victoria, Melbourne