We are looking for a Dorset based versatile actress to play the part of SUSAN in our production of “Mary Anning – The Mad Woman of Lyme”. The play will tour from the 25th March till 2nd May with a run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London between the 6th and 9th of April.

Please send CV and photo to 

?AUDITION DATE Monday 6th January in Weymouth, Dorset.?

– SUSAN is a larger than life character who is caring for a dying Mary Anning. Whilst she may get frustrated at times and this ordeal is challenging to deal with, she manages to find ways to keep Mary entertained and helps alleviate a tough situation.

– Any ethnicity. Playing age from 20 years to 55 years. Strong physical, movement and devising skilled.

– Accents: RP, Dorset and other accents

About the Company
AsOne Theatre is a Dorset based company that has toured theatres, arts centres, community venues and schools covering nine counties in the South, South West, West of England including London, Bath and Bristol. Over the last 15 years we have been awarded several ACE and Heritage Lottery grants as well as being Arts and Business award winners.

About the Show
It is 1846, and the little town of Lyme Regis is battered by howling winter-gales. Dying and increasingly dependent on laudanum, Mary Anning reflects on her life. By challenging the status quo and making remarkable strides in a male dominated scientific world, her work threatens to disprove the very foundations she was raised on. Haunted by hallucinations of friends, enemies and even the creatures she spent her life hacking out of the living rock, Anning tries to make sense of her existence in her last moments. AsOne bring their signature blend of narrative, movement, music and striking visuals to tell this story about memory and coming to terms with the past.

Writer – Peter John Cooper
Director – Marta Vella

Production Details
R&D dates: 22nd – 24th January
Rehearsal dates: 9th – 24th March (will not be required on all days)
Production dates:
25th March – Corn Exchange Dorchester
26th March – Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth

31 March  – Atlantic Academy, Portland

6th – 9th April – Tristan Bates, London
24th April – The Discovery Centre, Winchester
25th April – The Athenaeum, Warminster
29th April – The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington
30th April – Weymouth Pavilion Theatre
2nd May – The Marine Theatre (Lyme Regis)
Exeter – Date TBC
More dates may be added to the tour

The play will tour to theatres and some schools in W, SW, London and beyond as we are still adding dates.

We are based in Weymouth, Dorset which will be our rehearsal and touring base, so you must be based locally for at least the rehearsal period. You will be expected to tour using company transport. We tend to return to base at night if possible. A clean driving license is preferred to share driving if required. Tour accommodation will be covered by the company.

Pay Equity Fringe Contract, with guaranteed £70 a rehearsal day (meal provided) and £81 per performance.


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