Diary of a Nobody


Diary of a Nobody

By George & Weedon Grossmith, adapted by Hugh Osborne

Please read carefully all the details, in particular rehearsal dates. Please do not audition if you have significant clashes with the rehearsal or performance period. If you are unsure whether unavailability will be an issue please check first by emailing timboblane@yahoo.co.uk

Director: Tim Lane  

Production Dates:  Fri 16th-Sat 24th November (matinees on 17th & 24th)

Rehearsal Dates:  Between 3-5 weekday evenings per week, from approximately the 1st October. Exact schedule to be negotiated with cast.

Audition Dates: 

1st Round:      Monday 30th July – 7-9pm

                      Wednesday 1st August – 7-9pm

Recall date:     Friday 3rd August – 7-9pm

Please note auditionees must in principle be available for the recall date

If you are absolutely not able to make an audition date but want to be seen please still email timboblane@yahoo.co.uk

How to sign up:

Please download and complete the standard ‘Auditions Submission Form’ [here]. The completed form should be returned as an attachment to Director of Productions at The Maddermarket Theatre, Jez Pike at jez.pike@maddermarket.org. Your information will then be processed, stored and distributed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The director of the production – Tim Lane – will then contact you via email to arrange an audition slot. You will be emailed scanned copies of the audition extracts. Alternatively hard copies can be collected in advance of auditions at the theatre office.

Please note that all auditionees must complete an ‘Auditions Submission Form’ prior to auditioning, even if have had existing contact with or made informal arrangements with the director of that production.

Format of auditions: Extracts provided in advance. First round will consist of one-to-one reading with the director. Recalls will consist of reading extracts in pairs or small groups. All sessions will last approximately 20 minutes. Please be familiar enough with the extracts to be able to have your head out of the script but flexible enough to take direction. You do not have to learn the extracts.

About the Play

The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith which originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in 1888–89. It first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in 1892. It records the petty daily events in the life of a London clerk, Charles Pooter and is a hilarious account of an ordinary middle-class turn-of-the-century man living an ordinary life filled with the problems and irritations brought about largely by his own self-importance and pomposity.

The stage adaptation is a fast moving comedy for four actors and a pianist. The script calls for all men but for this production, whilst Mr Pooter, the lead character, must be male the other three can be either gender. The Actor playing Pooter sticks to that role throughout but the other three play a number of parts both male and female including his wife and son. It is staged in a format where Pooter has decided to enlist some amateur dramatically inclined friends into presenting it as an evening theatrical entertainment.

Cast Breakdown (Cast of 4: 1M/3MorF)

The production actively encourages actors from all ethnic backgrounds to audition.

Mr Pooter. (male, playing age 40 plus)

Darwitts (any gender, any age) Also plays Carrie, Cummings, Farmerson, Carrie’s Mother and the voice of the little girl dummy)

Birks Spooner (any gender, any age) Also plays Sarah, Gowing, the waiter, the second helpful man, Lupin and the voice of the Daisy Mutlar dummy.

Hillbutter (any gender, any age) Also plays Hornwin, Pitt, Trillip, Mrs James, The old friend, the first helpful man, Frank Mutlar, Sarah, and the voice of the Murray Posh dummy.

Putley (and gender, any age) Plays the piano.

There is singing involved as well as quick fire comic dialogue, slapstick, running around, silly props and costume and general fun.