Good Night Mr Tom

24th - 27th July 2024
Ballard School

story by:

Adapted by David Wood From the novel by Michelle Magorian

directed by:

Sarah Haberfield

What's it about?

Evacuated from London, ten year old William Beech finds himself living with the reclusive Tom Oakley. From two vastly different worlds the only thing that can bring them together is love and friendship.

Want to get involved?

Audition Notice

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian, adapted by David Wood
Directed by Sarah Haberfield (sarah.haberfield@hotmail.co.uk)

Evacuated from London, ten year old William Beech finds himself living with the reclusive Tom Oakley. From two vastly different worlds the only thing that can bring them together is love and friendship.

Apart from the roles of Mr Tom, William and Zach, all performers will play multiple roles across a range of ages. The ensemble will not audition for specific roles….these will be allocated when the cast is formed. It is expected there will be about 14 or 15 people in the ensemble including a small number of children.

Read-through
Tuesday 5th March, 7.15pm, Ballard PAC
Everyone is welcome to the read-through, whether you intend to audition or not. It is an informal, no obligation way to find out about the production and whether or not you would like to be involved!

Audition
Tuesday 12th March, from 7.30pm, Ballard PAC
Children for ensemble 7.30pm – 7.50pm
William, Zach, Carrie, Ginnie, George and all adults from 7.50pm.

Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings at Ballard starting on 29th April. Any children involved need to be able to cope with evening rehearsals which will start at 7.15pm and finish at about 9.30/9.45pm.

Character breakdown

Tom Oakley (age 60+) M
A loner and widower, seemingly distant and reclusive individual, clearly loved and well known by other villagers but perhaps has a gruff persona. Finds Will to be the son he never had. West Country accent.

William Beech (playing age 10 but can be played by older boy if they still look young) M
William is a shy, introverted boy at first who finds his confidence during his stay with Mister Tom. This is a large and emotionally demanding role, touching on themes such as abuse and trauma so to be considered by any potential auditionees. London accent desirable.

Zach (playing age 11/12 but again could be played by slightly older boy) M
A gregarious larger than life character, the son of theatrical parents; from a Jewish family. Dance skills (specifically tap) would be beneficial in this role as the character is quite the showman! But formal dance experience not essential.

Sammy (age 12+) M or F. Puppeteer for Sammy the collie dog. No lines but on stage for two-thirds of the play. This is a physical role and would suit someone agile.

The following roles will be doubled or tripled up:

Mrs Beech (age 30+) F
William’s mother based in London. Abusive to Will, but must be portrayed as abusive through brokenness, not simply as a bad person. Very vulnerable. A small part but an extremely challenging role.

Carrie and Ginnie (age12-15) F Twins who become friends of Will.

George Fletcher (age 11-15) M. Initially unkind to Will but becomes his friend.

Mrs Fletcher (age 30-50) F. Housewife and Mother to Carrie, Ginnie and George.

Miss Thorne (age 21+) F. Local librarian and amateur dramatics producer.

Dr Little (age 40+) M or F. The local doctor.

Mrs Annie Hartridge (age 21-35) F
Local friendly schoolteacher, who encourages Will to pursue learning and inspires him.

David Hartridge (age 21-35) M. Annie’s husband. Trainee RAF pilot.

Mr/Mrs Miller (age 40+) M or F. Proprietor of the post office/ stores

Miss Miller (age 18+) F. Helps in the shop (could be son/daughter/wife/husband of Mr(s) Miller)

ARP Warden (age 30+) M. Londoner

Nurse (age 18+) F. Young and sympathetic.

Vicar (age 20 – 45) M. Young and enthusiastic.

Glad (age 25+) F. Warm-hearted Londoner.

Mr Stelton (age 40+) M. A psychiatrist. Firm.

Charlie Ruddles (age 30+) M. ARP Warden in the village.

Ward Sister (age 25+) F. Stands no nonsense.

Billeting Officer (age 40+) F. Efficient, no nonsense.

Also a Ticket Collector, Policeman, Social Worker and extras.