Handbagged – Audition


by Moira Buffini

Dates: 1-5 October 2019

Venue: Wesley Memorial Church

Director: Chris Harris


Rehearsals will begin late July and continue throughout August and September I am anticipating two evenings and a longer Sunday call. We recognise that a lot of people take holidays in August, and therefore shall be putting together the rehearsal schedule as soon as possible, accommodating holidays. We anticipate the full schedule being fully confirmed by mid-June, so that everyone is aware of the sessions they are called for.

Note: All cast will be required for the afternoon and evening of Sunday 29th September and for a dress rehearsal on Monday 30th September in the evening.


The weekly meetings between the Queen and Mrs. Thatcher between 1979 and 1990
are imaginatively recreated whilst all sorts of key figures from the period float in and out and major events (the miners’ strike, ‘Rhodesia to Zimbabwe’, the Brighton bombing etc.) are re-visited.

The Roles

The play contains four roles for ‘senior’ women, that is to say with a playing age similar to that of the Queen and Mrs. T. in 1979-1990.

‘Q’ and ‘T’ - the older Queen and Mrs Thatcher

'Liz' and 'Mags' - the younger Queen and Mrs Thatcher

With such widely-known figures, we are inevitably looking at least for some recognisable traits – vocal and/or physical - of the original women.

There are two roles for men. They appear for the most part in suits and the script calls
them: ‘Actor 1’ and ‘Actor 2’.  They probably both speak good standard English to begin with, being basically factotums from Buckingham Palace. But – fun, fun, fun! – they then leap into impersonations of at least 10 other people each.

‘Actor 1’ - younger, roughly 30s

‘Actor 2’ - older, 50s+

Important Dates

First round auditions:

Sunday 19 May, 2.30pm;

Tuesday 28 May, 7.30pm

Recalls (by invitation only):

Sunday 2 June, 6pm

Auditions take place at the URC in Summertown.

Map to the URC

Offstage Roles

I am also seeking, urgently, imaginative people to work on this unusual and entertaining piece. Its success will depend heavily on this ‘technical’ input and my aim will be to work collaboratively with all departments.

  • Production/Set Design
  • Graphic design
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Production and stage managing
  • Costumes

Please see more detailed information here or email Chris Harris (cdharrisox10@gmail.com) if you can help!

Important note

All cast will be required for the afternoon and evening of Sunday 29th September and for a dress rehearsal on Monday 30th September in the evening.

Audition Process

Auditions will be held at the URC in Summertown opposite South Parade. It is very close to bus stops from the city centre and north Oxford, and there is some street parking nearby. 

Please come in time to start at the advertised time and be prepared to stay for up to 2 hours.

Those auditioning for the female roles: There is no need to prepare anything beforehand - you'll be given a selection of short monologues and scenes on the night.

Those auditioning for male roles: 

Please come to auditions ready and willing to do  - as well as the standard, ‘straight’ character of the Actor/Footman - a few lines as:

‘Actor 1’: Enoch Powell; Michael Shea; Kenneth Clarke

‘Actor 2’: Peter Carrington; Gerry Adams; Rupert Murdoch.

Accessibility concerns

If you have any specific needs with regards to access or any other issues, please do get in contact with us (cdharrisox10@gmail.com) 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 any of the given dates, please contact us (cdharrisox10@gmail.com) and we will try to see you at another time, if possible.

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

All OTG auditions are run according to the OTG audition policy and harrassment policy .