Festival entry: ‘Hole’


Written by Joanna Matthew and directed by Alice Evans

Kenton Theatre, Henley 5th-11th May

Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon 3rd to 8th June

Corn Exchange, Wallingford 10th to 14th June

Possible venue in Oxford in late May

OTG is holding open auditions for our 2019 drama festival entries.

We will perform once at each of three Oxfordshire drama festivals – exact dates to be confirmed. We may be invited to perform again on the Saturday nights of each festival – though this is far from guaranteed! Individual availabilities will be given to the festival organisers to ensure that things are scheduled accordingly.

We are also in discussion with venues for a possible one night Oxford showcase, in late May.

There are two plays: 'Hole', detailed on this page, and Salad Day. The two plays will be auditioned separately, and you are welcome to audition for either play, or both.

The drama festivals are a celebration of amateur theatre making, so in some cases restrict our ability to cast actors with recent professional experience. This does not rule you out, but please make this known to the directors (ideally in advance of auditions) so that this can be discussed with the festivals.

Audition dates

Thursday 28th February, 7pm-8.30pm at Summertown Church Hall (NB not the URC), 22 Portland Road, OX2 7EZ

Tuesday 5th March, 7.30pm-9pm at Summertown URC, Banbury Road. OX2 7HN

Please note that there is building works at the front of the URC, so access is to the rear of the building via Lonsdale Road


Ab and Bobby are regulars in their local park, both with a sad daily routine which they will deny if it is pointed out to them. Chalk and cheese, Ab (bossy and rude) and Bobby (anything for a quiet life) have reasons to get out of the house, rain or shine. Bobby doesn’t know Ab, but Ab has firm views about how she knows Bobby and is very determined to get Bobby to help her out, even though Bobby doesn’t like surprises and is remarkably resistant to bribes.

Hole is a play about two people on the edges, just about clinging on, living a life to which the other park regular, an obsessive fitness fanatic, is oblivious. It is quite funny though.

Joanna is an MA student in Writing for Performance at Goldsmith’s College and Hole is a 30 minute play she wrote for a festival entry in 2018. She very much wants to use this the opportunity of Hole’s first production to develop the dialogue and characters.

Alice Evans is a drama teacher and experienced director.

Joanna and Alice are hoping to cast actors who enjoy the rehearsal process and are keen to be actively involved in character development.


Ab – female, playing age late 50s upwards. She is a tough old bird, scathing and bossy. She sits in a mobility scooter for the whole play. The scooter is eccentrically decorated.

Bobby – male, playing age mid-20s to mid-40s (younger relative to Ab). A bit scruffy and downtrodden, having a tough time with life. The actor needs to be able to stroll on and off the stage, bend up and down and stay standing for 25 minutes or so.

Jogger – male or female, playing age 18 and above. This is a physical role and requires an actor to run and exercise on stage for short periods of time as though they are physically fit and not a novice jogger. They have no dialogue but the performer has to be able to act through physical movement, hopefully to make the audience smile. If it helps, we will give the character a name once they are cast.

The playing ages are indicative rather than prescriptive. Please don't worry if you don't fit into a particular range – the key is finding the characters – the rest is down to performance, styling and costume.


Rehearsals will start in March (after Chariots of Fire) with a cast meeting and read through.
We will only meet once or twice a week March-May and then again for a couple of run throughs before the two June festivals. We will avoid Easter and half term holidays.

We will work with each character individually to explore their stories and emotional journeys and as an ensemble. This is a complete script but Joanna is keen to get the input of the cast to develop the play, so your involvement in that process will be vital and welcomed, particularly with character development and changes to dialogue.

It is not often that OTG members are able to work on a new script with the writer and so this is going to be exciting journey for both actors and the director to work on this project.

Rehearsals will mostly be in Witney or just outside the Oxford ring road, with some rehearsals in Oxford. For the rehearsals outside Oxford, lifts will be offered.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alice.

The audition process

You will not be required to look at anything in advance – extracts from the script will be available in the room.  However, if it helps you to look at printed materials beforehand do ask, and they can be emailed to you. We will be looking at practical issues like your skills at reading a script as well as interaction with other actors and potential to develop a character.

The sessions will run for 90 minutes including a warm-up workshop and you will be given the opportunity to work on two or three extracts. It will be a relaxed and informal process and hopefully enjoyable too – so please try not to get too anxious.

It would be helpful if you could bring a completed audition form, but forms will also be available on the day.

The audition policy applies to all OTG auditions.

Accessibility concerns

If you have any specific needs with regards to access or any other issues, please do get in contact with Alice and we will help if we can.

What if I can’t make those dates and times?

If you are interested in auditioning, but are unable to come to either of the given dates, please contact the director using the contact details above and we will try to see you at another time, if possible.

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