by Nina Raine
directed by Scott Roberts
Audition Dates: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 July / Rehearsals: August – Nov 2021
Performance Dates: 5th to 13th November 2021
Consent is an intricately constructed, modern philosophical drama. A play about attitudes and relationships, the audience will make their own judgement on each characters’ polarising morality. Its themes are hard-hitting and its language can be shocking at times. The play premiered in London’s West End in 2017, to fantastic reviews.
This production was originally scheduled for performance dates in May 2020. It was cast and rehearsals were already underway when Covid happened. The production was postponed and rescheduled. As a result, not all our original cast are available for the new dates.
We are currently only looking to see people for these roles
Kitty (late twenties/thirties) - A new mum in a new London home, she previously worked in publishing. Tired and strong - she’s the glue to her marriage with Ed, which is at the heart of the play. The challenges that Kitty faces will test the actor and audience equally. She needs to be played by an accomplished actor, adept at portraying a wide emotional range.
Zara (late twenties/thirties) – A working actor. Her role in the play is paramount; an outsider allowed into this world of privilege. She holds a mirror to her friends’ behaviour. She could be played a little younger than the others. She has less obvious status in the group, but she’s unafraid to hold her own and say what she thinks. Smart and sexy
Gayle (twenties/thirties) – A pivotal and dramatic role for a very strong actor. This character is unlike any of the others, due to the obvious difference we are shown in her class and the life that she’s lived. She’s passionate, direct and dignified. The role has been written with a Scottish dialect, but don’t let it put you off - we can change that
Laura (thirties/forties) – A solicitor. RP accent. One scene. Clinical and succinct. She is very good at her job. She speaks with clarity and a sense of officious smugness. Would suit an actor looking for a small role in a strong cast
The roles below are as originally cast, but included for your information
Edward (late twenties/thirties) – The Alpha. The defence barrister in a rape case. Feels ‘empathy’ is an over-used word. Takes legal work for the money and prestige. His impression of control gives way to a surprising vulnerability in the second act, which needs to be shown with sensitivity. The actor playing Ed will be on stage a lot, carrying the energy and pace of the production. A fantastic opportunity for the right actor
Rachel (late twenties/thirties) – She has 2 young children and works as a barrister. Friends with Kitty and Ed and married to Jake. A sounding board to her friends, she can be painfully direct, with a quick wit and a sharp tongue. The actor playing this role must have strong comedy timing
Jake (late twenties/thirties) – Sardonic and child-like. Rachel’s husband. His moral compass is questionable. He is an emotional roller-coaster, with the ability to make you laugh and then infuriate you within seconds. He’s Ed’s oldest friend and together with a joint sense of locker-room humour they like to belittle Tim
Tim (late twenties/thirties) – The last of the barristers. A smart and sensitive soul who works hard at being a good man. Lugubrious at times, he can be charming and bitter in equal measures. He’s loaded and single, but envious of the life he doesn’t have. He believes his flat is haunted