Auditions are now open for When We Were Two, a new audio drama I have written. It will be recorded remotely, so anyone with access to a home studio is ever so welcome to audition.
Sue, recently separated and caring for an elderly relative, is thrilled when her son and family come back into her life. But her new flat is too small, and much worse - the elderly Nain senses something unnatural happening: things have gone terribly wrong.
Sue will have to make life and death choices on behalf of every one of them.
Running time approximately 35-40 minutes long.
It is a non-profit project, so the roles are unpaid.
To Audition – technical details
Please record a separate file for each character if you want to audition for more than one. Within that file, around 3 takes of each line would be absolutely perfect
Please send files as a flac file or mp3 at 192kbps, (ideally 16 bit 44100hz)
labelled as NameOfCharacter_YourName. (eg. Sue_FionaThraille)
to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 2nd December 2017
Cast will be announced by Monday 4th December and scripts will go out then.
Deadline for lines: Friday 5th January 2018. I look forward to hearing your auditions!
SUE– (f) 40s-50s – Londoner - An affectionate woman, down to earth, trying to be a bit cheery in the face of depression and struggling on.
I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear that! It's computers, Nain. They can do things with them, him and his mates. You wouldn't understand. They can do clever stuff nowadays, wind each other up. I don't get the joke either, but that's what it is. (BEAT) Do you hear that? That noise again...
Oh, this is all too much. (BEAT) I love you Davey. You're having a difficult time is all. I don't care what's going on, I don't need to know. You don't need your savings while you're here. But you do need a shower and a rest. We'll talk about what's worrying you later.
Hello? [horrified gasp] Who are you? (BEAT) Oh God! Go away! No...!
It's not happening, it's not happening, it's not happening...
NAIN (elderly) From the Welsh Valleys – Nain has had a tough life, seen it all, and while aged she's not at all frail. Opinionated, practical but critical to the point of callousness.
(SFX – The doorbell rings again)
Well? Don't look at me to answer it. It's no-one for me. (SHOUTS) And if someone's playing silly beggars again, you drag them in. I'll see to them!
(SUE: You remember Nain, don't you Davey?)
Course not. he's far too young. (BEAT) Nice to see you all grown up. Quite a looker, just like your great grandfather, God rest his soul. (BEAT) I'm helping your mother out while she comes to terms with everything: You leaving her, then your father - (MOVING OFF) little wonder the poor girl doesn't know her proverbial from her elbow.
Something's wrong about all this. You know it too, deep in your bones, so don't deny it. There's something unnatural at work. Something bad.
DAVEY (m, early 20s) Sue’s son, Londoner – now studying in Cardiff. A nice lad, content with a 'normal' student life, dazed by anything unusual.
It was last Thursday, no... Wednesday, right? Middle of the week, middle of the month, nothing to mark the day. Lectures as normal, a quick drink with Iwan and Pete in the pub. I go home, y'know, to Topaz Street. Chat to Andy for a while and turn in and then... well... I wake up - and my bedroom in Topaz street's... gone.
(SUE: Do you think you should see a doctor?)
What for? See if they've got a job going? (BEAT) Mum, I worked my arse off and now I've lost it all. Jen and I are on the brink and my life's down the pan. I didn't choose all this!
JEN (f, early 20s) From Cardiff – Davey's ex-girlfriend. Normally organised and capable.
I love him just as much as she did! We just want to get on with living in peace.
(SUE: Right. So according to your tale...)
It's not a tale! This is my life!
Don't tell Davey I told you. Thing is, he's afraid you won't love him as much if you know.
(ARGUING)...As a stopgap, yes. But we've got to have some sort of plan. We can't live in this bedroom forever!
ROBERT (m, 40s/50s) Londoner – Charming, fun, unfaithful, a Jack the Lad who's honest about his dishonesty
(SUE: Did you do this?)
Did I do what? If you're talking about something from way back, yeah, hands up, I probably did it. (BEAT) You alright?
Ey, chin up, love. You looked less serious when you found out about Joanna.
I won't beat about the bush... Sue, - I've been having counselling. Yeah, I know, last person you'd expect, eh? (BEAT)I'll admit, at first I was hoping for a quick fix, sort me out, get me back in the saddle, y'know? But. Oh I dunno. It's got me thinking.