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When We Are Married - Reading and Audition Notice


Reading –  Thursday 20 January 2022 at 7.30pm HHT

Audition – Sunday 30 January at 6pm HHT

Performance – Tuesday 17 May to Saturday 21 May 2022 at 7.45pm HHT auditorium


Three marriages. Three anniversaries. Three revelations.

Three Yorkshire couples, old friends and all married on the same day, gather to celebrate their silver anniversary. When they discover they are not legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbours think? – and all three couples find themselves re-evaluating their marriages. Hovering over these dramatic revelations is the local paper’s drunken photographer, keen to record the evening's events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper hoping to use the couples' embarrassment to her own advantage. A timeless classic comedy masterpiece by JB Priestley.

Please come along and join in the reading and/or auditions for this classic English comedy, written in 1934 and set in 1908, in a large family home in Yorkshire. Characters galore for actors to explore and bring to comic life. My vision is simple – an honest interpretation of this classic farce remaining true to its Yorkshire traditions.

Hear from the Director.

Casting Policy

TTC has a totally open audition policy and we enjoy meeting new people.  You don't have to be a TTC member to attend the reading and audition - and if you aren't available for the audition date set don't worry - you can still audition. If cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member. 

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Joseph Helliwell      50/60, a bouncing, confident, pompous host who is very pleased with himself.

Maria Helliwell        His wife of a similar age, very genteel and somewhat under the control of Joseph.


Albert Parker          50/60, conceited and given to moralising in an affected manner.

Annie Parker           His wife of a similar age, a bit timid and quiet but hopeful. Genteel English accent.


Herbert Soppitt     50/60, small but neat man who is clearly dominated by his wife – no accent.

Clara Soppitt          50/60, a noisy domineering woman.


Ruby Birtle                       The Helliwell’s young maid who looks as if her hair has just gone “up.” Broad accent – comic role.

Lottie Grady                    40’s, loud, confident, flamboyant and brash.

Gerald Forbes                20’s, a smartly dressed polite young man. Genteel English accent.

Nancy Holmes               20’s, the Helliwell’s glamorous niece. Mild Yorkshire accent.

Mrs Northrop                 50’s, rather aggressive but humorous working-woman of the period.

Fred Dyson                      20’s, cheerful and cheeky reporter from the local newspaper.

Henry Ormonroyd       30/40’s - with an air of beery dignity, the newspaper’s cameraman – a comic role.

Rev Clement Mercer   60’s, a grave and solemn clergyman.

Mayor of Clecklewyke – a cameo role involving a few lines at the end of Act 2. Ideal for any senior member who would be happy with a small role. This part could be shared between several different actors during the run. Full mayoral dress would be required with robes and chain!