The Lamproom Theatre Company presents
HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Jack Land Noble
Production dates: Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May 2019
Audition Date: Tuesday 2nd April – 7.30pm @ The Drama Hut
Contact details are at the bottom of this page.
“…I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint.”
The year is 1963 and, in his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.
HARRY (50-65) The central character of the play; with his wife he runs the pub where the action takes place and is also a local celebrity, being the chief hangman on the day hanging is abolished; he is a bluff, blunt and proud Northerner; aggressive, but ultimately insecure.
SYD (50-65) Harry’s assistant; he is somewhat inept at his job and stutters when he’s stressed; craftier than he appears.
HENNESSY (20-30) Cocky; cheeky; emotional; Cockney/London; Hennessy is a young man in jail waiting to be hanged; he protests his innocence to the end and has to be physically restrained before he will go to his death; he’s a young wheeler-dealer who finds himself in a lot more trouble than he bargained for; physically demanding role.
ARTHUR (60-75) Northern; Arthur is a regular at the bar; deaf and slow on the uptake, he spends a lot of his time having jokes repeated and explained to him, and then laughing despite everyone else having moved on; dry, deadpan and tactless.
CHARLIE (30-55) Northern; the mediator between others in the group; engages by laughingly repeating what the others say.
BILL (30-55) Northern; the pub's innocent; alcoholic.
ALICE (50-65) Northern; the landlady; Alice runs the pub with her husband Harry; she's a proud woman who gives as good as she gets; her attempts to bond with her teenage daughter Shirley are not as gentle or kind as she thinks they are; sometimes her emotions overwhelm her, and she's fond of a gin or two to calm the nerves.
CLEGG (20’s) Northern; young; sly; out of his depth; Clegg is a cub reporter who has come to interview Harry about his role as a hangman and his thoughts on the abolition of hanging; he is gentle and inexperienced, but with a little help finds his journalistic side; he is teased for his baby-face.
FRY (50-65) Northern; police inspector; physically intimidating, high status; loner; weak deep down.
MOONEY (20-30) From London or thereabouts; applies for a room in Alice’s pub and has taken to Shirley; shy with an odd sense of humour and somewhat mysterious.
PIERREPOINT (60-70) Northern; famous executioner; high status, smartly-dressed; quick-witted; dangerous and
Harry’s nemesis. He shows up at the pub at the most inopportune moment and takes command; he is a charismatic and dominating presence, putting Harry in his place.
SHIRLEY (18+ / to play a 15 year old) The teenage daughter of the publicans; she is plain, northern and very moody – seeking an actress 18+ who can play a difficult teenager.
[Rehearsals commence Thursday 18th April 2019 / four week intensive rehearsal period]
If you’re interested in auditioning, please contact Jack Land Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and which
character(s) you wish to read for and your specific audition piece(s) will be forwarded.