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Audition for 'Blue Stockings' - City Lit Theatre Company

Story added 17th Aug 2018

Blue Stockings - City Lit Winter Production


BLUE STOCKINGS - by Jessica Swale and Directed by Petina Hapgood

1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable. In Swale’s play, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.



We're looking for actors with a community ethos. This play will be ensemble based, rigorous in rehearsal and requires full commitment.  You need to have some acting training and preferably stage experience. Please choose an appropriate speech – no longer than 2 minutes- classical or contemporary, that is relevant to this play. Please have a suggestion for roles you would like to play. Be prepared for a rigorous physical and vocal warm up - improvisation and reading from the play.

If you wish to audition -please contact Petina Hapgood:

Auditions will take place on Sunday 30 September, 10:30-17:00 (by invitation)

For those interested in auditioning please note rehearsals commence weekly from Monday 29 October: Monday and Friday 18:30-21:30 and Sunday 11:00-16:00 You may be asked to come in earlier or stay a little later, depending on rehearsal schedule.

Performance week, Monday 3 - Saturday 8 December



THE GIRTON GIRLS (all students at Girton College Cambridge)

Tess Moffat (Curious girl – You must be able to ride a bike)

Celia Willbond – a fragile hard worker

Carolyn Addison - an early bohemian

Maeve Sullivan – a mystery

The BOYS All (students at Trinity College Cambridge)

Ralph Mayhew




Will Bennet a student at King’s - Friend of Tess


Elizabeth Welsh  - Mistress of Girton College

Dr Maudsley  -  A renowned psychiatrist

Mr Banks - Lecturer at Girton and Trinity

Miss Blake  -Lecturer at Girton

Professor Collins - Lecturer Trinity

Professor Anderson Lecturer at Trinity

Professor Radleigh  -  Board member of Trinity

Minnie – The house maid

Mr Peck Gardener and maintenance man

Miss Bott A chaperone


Billy Sullivan Maeve’s brother

Miss Lindley – Shopkeeper

Also, several ensemble roles

Some parts will be doubled apart from Elizabeth and Tess. And some may be gender changed.