Audition notice-page-001Calling all budding actors here is a great chance to take part in a unique project which is taking place later this year.

In conjunction with the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee, supported by the London Borough of Sutton WWI Commemorative Steering Group presents: THE ROUGHS OF THE WRYTHE

A new play by Ann Pattison, based on research carried out at the Circle Library is to be performed on July 15th and there are open auditions on April 4 and 6. The play is directed by Dick Bower.
Open auditions for parts will be held on 4 th and 6th April at 8pm in the church hall at the rear of St Mary’s Church, Church Rd, Wallington SM6 7NJ.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work with a new script, developing your interpretation of the characters and bringing to life for the public the real people of our community a hundred years ago, who lived, loved and suffered in the Great War.
Three performances of the play, which lasts about an hour, will be staged for the public in the theatre of Carshalton High School for Girls on 15th July 2017. It will be the focus of a major community event in the school, on
the Recreation Ground and in Carshalton Athletic’s Ground, following the dedication of a new memorial on The Wrythe to the local men who died.

If you would like to be involved with the production but can’t make the audition, or would like a reading copy of the script, please e-mail Dick at dick.bower@btinternet.com.

The Roughs of the Wrythe is the story of what World War I did to the folk of a working-class community in Carshalton, how they came through it and how the lads called ‘the roughs’ became the heroes of the Wrythe.
It is a story about actual people. All the characters really lived on the Wrythe one hundred years ago. Although it is a fictionalised account, the details of the men’s lives and deaths have been researched in archived documents and local
newspapers from the war years.

The central character is the landlord of The Cricketers, a pub that stood on the corner of William Street and Wrythe Lane until the 1960s. At the outbreak of the Great War, like most people, he encouraged his young customers and the
footballers he helped manage at Carshalton Athletic to join up. But, when his adopted son died and men he urged to fight were slaughtered in Flanders, he struggled with guilt and did what he could to help the bereaved.