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See How They Run

Audition Notice: See How They Run

Written by Philip King
Directed by Sue Haddock

Season: 26 June - 6 July 2019 at the Gryphon Theatre

Auditions will take place over the weekend of 30-31 March 2019 (venue Taki Rua), with call backs on 1 April.

Auditions will be in small groups lasting around 30 minutes. Extracts from the play will be used in the audition. A copy of these pieces will be sent to auditionees closer to the audition dates. An audition slot can be booked by emailing Chris O’Grady on

About See How They Run

A farce written in 1944, and set in 1943 during the Second World War. The West End opening night saw three “doodle-bug” bombs explode nearby. Not one of the audience left their seats, but the leading man complained that the explosions had ruined his three best lines!

The Plot

The small village of Merton-Cum-Middlewick has a P.O.W. Internment camp nearby. When a prisoner escapes and goes looking for a disguise he goes to the local vicarage. Vicars, outraged spinsters, desperate prisoners and mistaken identities. What more does a farce need?

The Characters

  • Rev. Lionel Toop: Vicar of the Parish of Merton-Cum-Middlewick. About 35-40, mild, staid, married for less than a year to:
  • Penelope Toop: A former actress, mid 20s. Sparky, thinks she can sing. At loggerheads with:
  • Miss Skillon: Long-standing parishioner, had hopes of the vicar! 35-45, sour, busybody.  Has to sing a couple of lines, not necessarily well.
  • Ida: The maid. Jolly, friendly village girl, late teens - early 20s. Cockney? Irish? Welsh? Somerset? Ally to Penelope.
  • Corporal Clive Winton: Former actor, 25-35ish. Soldier at nearby internment camp. Was in the same theatre company as Penelope.
  • The Bishop of Lax: Jovial man of 45 or older. Penelope's uncle.
  • Rev. Arthur Humphrey: Mild man of 40ish. Naive and self-effacing.
  • The Man: Escaped German prisoner-of-war. 25-45. Desperate and dangerous.
  • Sergeant Towers: 45 or older. From the internment camp guard. Gruff, bossy but perhaps not so smart.


A read through is scheduled for 14 April. Rehearsals will start on 23 April, and will generally be Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons (times TBC) at Toi Poneke, although other dates may be added if required. See How They Run opens on Wednesday 26 June and runs until Saturday 6 July.

To find out more or to book an audition slot email