Strong, Dedicated Actors Required for Williams' 'Not About Nightingales'

Western Australia, Australia

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This play will be an Australian premiere!

Auditions held Saturday May 9th, from 9am at Old Mill theatre, South Perth.

'Not About Nightingales' was the first play Williams penned under that name. It was started as a college assignment, writing a short play based on newspaper articles. There was an incident in a Philadelphia prison in the 1930s where prisoners were boiled alive as punishment for going on hunger strike. Williams dissects the politics of prison life that could've lead to such an incident, & uses surrealist elements to make the harsh environment enthralling!

This play requires a strong cast of 12 - 15 actors, with some actors playing multiple roles (final doubling up decisions will be made based on auditions).

Season will run through August at Last Drop tavern in Beeliar. Rehearsals will commence May 16th, three per week (Tu, Th, Su).

All characters require US accents, don't need to be regional unless specified.

Stage ages are only a guide.

Any characters with an * by their name, actors will be doubling as other convicts &/or guards.

NB: 18+ cast, some violence, there will be smoke used in the show, possibly strobe lighting.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals commence May 16th.
Season August 7 - 22 (ten performances).

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Community Theatre

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.

Auditions are going ahead next Saturday, but will be via Zoom rather than in person.

I am no longer accepting applications for Eva or Jim.

Edited 02 May 2020

Mrs Bristol/Goldie

Mrs Bristol is the mother of an inmate, a worrying woman. Goldie is an apparition appearing in a dream sequence. Rough but Tender.

Female, aged 40 to 55

Applications closed 14 May 2020.

Jim Allinson (AKA 'Canary Jim')

Jim is a bookish survivor. Canary as he works for the warden, thus is not overly trusted by the other prisoners. A dreamer. Actor will have to go shirtless to show scars on his back. NB: Latex based makeup will likely be used for scarring.

Male, aged 25 to 35

Applications closed 14 May 2020.

Boss Whalen (prison warden)

Whalen believes he's doing the right thing. He does not have a happy home life, and makes a habit of alleviating frustrations by seducing secretaries.

Male, aged 45 to 65

Applications closed 14 May 2020.

Jack Bristol/Guard (Chick)

Jack is a sailor. He is fit, volatile, and impressionable. Prison is not treating him well. This actor will double as prison guard Chick.

Male, aged 18 to 28

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Prison Guard. Stickler for the rules and for dealing out punishment, the warden's henchman.

Male, aged 40 to 60

Applications closed 14 May 2020.

The Queen

Effeminate, but tough. Owns their homosexuality & is one of the stronger characters in this prison.

Male, aged 30 and over

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Rather institutionalised & resigned to a life in prison.

Male, aged 30 to 60

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Ollie is an African-American gospel singer. He becomes desperate with his situation, & tries a drastic means to get himself out of it.

Male, aged 18 to 30

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


McBurney (AKA 'Mac') is one of the good prison guards. He tries to help & does not believe in brutality.

Male, aged 30 to 50

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Swifty is new to the prison, & is an Olympic hopeful athlete (runner) who's had some bad luck - require an actor with physique to match this context.

Male, aged 18 to 28

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Older Jewish inmate. Minor prisoner role.

Male, aged 40 to 70

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Latin-American, emotional. Mex prays in Spanish, so bonus if actor can actually speak the language!

Male, aged 26 and over

  • Ethnicity: Latinx / Hispanic

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Believes in his work, wants to rehabilitate prisoners, not punish them. Fighting an uphill battle.

Male, aged 40 to 60

Applications closed 14 May 2020.


Strong & smart. An endeavouring & ambitious young woman. Develops a romantic relationship with Jim.

Female, aged 25 to 35

Applications closed 14 May 2020.

Applications closed: 14 May 2020