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for "Life and Beth" (Sunday Nov 4th at 10am)

Auditions for "Life and Beth" by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by:    Beth Geoghegan
Performance dates:
16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 Feb and 1, 2 March 2019
(13 performances)

Location:  Toowoomba Repertory Theatre   94 Margaret Street

Alan Ayckbourn’s 71st play written in 2008


It's Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth's sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between Connie's drinking problem and Martin's unspeaking and emotionally volatile girlfriend Ella, their intentions prove to be short-lived.

Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when he says a prayer for her bereavement he unwittingly summons Gordon's ghost to return to the family home.

Gordon has been busy implementing health and safety measures in the afterlife and is now determined to stick around to help Beth manage her affairs. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome.

Whilst comedic on the surface Life and Beth has a darker side: Michael Billington's review in The Guardian said "Few dramatists in history have painted a more devastating picture of the emotional damage wrought by bullying men."

It is clear that Martin's misguided and inadequate interactions with his girlfriend Ella are Gordon's legacy to his son.

Gordon's death might just mean Life! for the family he left behind.

Parts to be cast:

Beth Timms             Recently widowed, middle aged

Gordon Timms        Her late husband, middle aged

Martin Timms           Their son, a car salesman

Ella Packer               Martin's girl-friend (Note: Non-speaking role)

Connie Bunting      Beth's sister-in-law, also a widow, middle aged

David Grinseed       A clergyman, a widower, later middle age

Crew positions are also needed to be filled.

Click a link in the list below to access Audition Information and script excerpts etc
or is available from Mike Taylor by email
Contact details for queries: 

Director: Beth Geoghegan 0439 118 462  Email:
Vice-President (Production) Mike Taylor 0422 514 183   Email:
If you are unavailable to come to the audition, please contact Beth Geoghegan or Mike Taylor so alternative arrangements can be made.

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