imageLife and Beth by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Nikki Packham

Playing dates:    

5-10 December 2016


Tuesday 12th July at 7.45pm
Thursday 14th July at 7.45pm
Sunday 17th July at 2.00pm


From Tuesday 4th October

Scripts available at Theatre 62 or from Nikki.

For more information and audition pieces please contact Nikki:

By phone on 020 3489 1262
By text on 07752 210 244
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Synopsis: It’s Christmas and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety office husband, Gordon. Beth’s sister-in-law Connie and Beth’s son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between them and Martin’s girlfriend Ella, they succeed in making matters worse. Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when his prayer unwittingly summons Gordon back from the dead, we realise that his return is not altogether welcome, and then of course, there’s the mystery of the missing cat, Wagstaff……


Beth Timms, recently widowed, playing age 50s

Connie Bunting, Gordon’s sister, also a widow, playing age 50s

David Grinsteed, a widowed vicar who lives with his mother, playing age 50s

Gordon Timms, Beth’s late husband, playing age 50s

Martin Timms, their son, a car salesman, playing age 30s

Ella Packer, Martin’s virtually silent girlfriend with a wealth of meaning in each glance, playing age 20s

The above ages are flexible, but obviously have to look compatible!

A Policeman and a Policewoman who are heard offstage only

Remember, in Ayckbourn’s plays, it’s as much what is NOT said, as what is said that holds the key to the characters and makes the situations both comic and touching.


My Boy Jack castAuditions at Theatre 62

Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble the cast.  Each Director has his/her own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text, others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both.  Auditions can often be a lot of fun, and gives an actor a chance to try out for different parts.

At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars.  Most auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to come along and audition. If you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 (for a small fee) as a Full Member.

Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.