Audition Notice

4 to 12 November 2022

In the Studio Theatre

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The York Realist

By Peter Gill

directed by Claire Lewis

Auditions - Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August

Rehearsals: Rehearsals to start in September (2 times a week) and more intensive (4 times a week) during October. Days/times tbc once cast. 

Early 1960s, Yorkshire. The touring York Mystery plays are in rehearsal. Farmhand George has a bit part. He meets the metropolitan assistant director, John. What follows, with aching tenderness and absolute simplicity, is a forbidden love story.

Peter Gill’s influential play about two men in love is a tender, touching reflection on the rival forces of family, class and longing.


Character Description Playing Age

George Farm labourer. Always lived with his mother. Quietly confident, solitary. Yorkshire. 30s

John Assistant Director from London. Self assured, educated, aspiring. 30s

Mother Ailing mother to George & Barbara. All knowing, much loved head of the family, gently humorous. Yorkshire. 60+

Barbara Upwardly mobile sister to George. Assertive, friendly. Yorkshire. 30/40

Arthur Married to Barbara and under her thumb. Quiff and a swagger. Yielding. Yorkshire. 30/40

Doreen Ever obliging, church going spinster, devoted to George. Big heart. Yorkshire. 30/40

Jack Barbara & Arthur’s son. A teenage boy searching for his path. Yorkshire. 15/16

 This beautifully crafted play requires naturalistic playing to create the authentic atmosphere and relationships within the story.


If you are interested in the play and would like to know more, please contact the director for a script and
further information. (e) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (m) 07841 115 250