by Rory Kinnear
directed by Charly Sommers
Performance dates - 17th – 25th April 2020
Auditions - Sat 30th Nov / Sun 1st Dec, 12:00 – 16:00, and Mon 2nd Dec / Tues 3rd Dec – 7pm – 10pm
Recalls: Mon 9th Dec
Rehearsals: Prep work from mid January; rehearsals from early Feb; dates to be confirmed once cast.
Pulling Together. Falling Apart.
The day isn’t going as planned. But nor is life...
As Carol prepares to celebrate the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, Andy, the rest of the family gather... Andy’s older sister. Their grandparents. And Ian, Andy’s absentee father who is loathed by everyone in the room.
While Andy and his caregiver make their way to the house, ranks close and wounds open in The Herd. Rory Kinnear’s first play is a witty and heartfelt portrait of a family brought together and torn apart by circumstance and secrets.
ANDY - 21, physically and mentally disabled. A small but pivotal role. At this point, we are only inviting disabled actors to audition for this part.
CAROL - Early to mid 50s, Andy’s Mum. Controlling, loving, neurotic, keeping it together - most of the time!
CLAIRE - 33, Andy’s sister. Private, assertive, kind, but with a bitter streak.
PATRICIA - Mid to late 70s, Andy’s grandmother. Sharp, acerbic, direct; a real force of nature.
BRIAN - Mid to late 70s, Andy’s grandfather. Warm, witty, young at heart, despite being physically decrepit.
IAN - Mid to late 50s, Andy’s father. Well-intentioned but feckless, with a track-record of making poor decisions for which he is universally hated.
MARK – Early 30s to mid 40s, Claire’s new partner. A Lancastrian poet. Creative, amiable... Perhaps a bit quirky or bohemian. Not what the family were expecting!
We are also looking to build a positive, proactive crew, so please get in touch with Lucy if you’re interested in a backstage role.