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by Noël Coward

Directed by Barry Nielsen

Australian Premiere

Season: 3rd July - 7th August 2021
Preview night 2nd July
Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm

Auditions Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th May

Auditions will be held at the Genesian rehearsal space at 17-21 Cadogan St Marrickville (a short walk from Sydenham station)


The story follows Janet Ebony and her best friend Peter Chelsworth after a train crash during which they were sharing a sleeping compartment. Upon their arrival back in London the two are met with suspicion and scorn from Janet's family and Peter's fiancée as they are accused of infidelity. Outraged by her family's lack of trust, Janet hatches a plan to teach them a lesson..... but things don't quite go according to plan!

Written early in Noël Coward's career, the play had a short release at the time and appears to have been forgotten. It's strong themes of female sexuality and individuality were probably shocking at the time, and may explain its loss, so it is fitting the 21st Century seems a better fit for this play. It also would have debuted at the start of the Depression, so perhaps its sense of privilege was not welcome.

As far as we know, this is an Australian premiere (there was a rehearsed reading in Melbourne in 2020).


Paul Ebony an author - age open but late 20's-40's

Janet Ebony his wife - very free spirited - age similar

Mrs Ebony old enough to be Paul's mother

Mrs Chilham old enough to be Janet's mother

Mavis Wittersham colleague of and similar age to Paul (secretly in love with him)

Peter Chelsworth Janet's best friend - similar age to Janet, Peter and Mavis

Lavinia Hardy Peter's fiancée - written as quite young but could be similar age

Alec Stone friend of Peter - similar age to the main performers

Alec Stone is a minor role but the rest are all quite substantial. Alec's role may suit someone unable to commit to a full rehearsal schedule.

The time frame is unfortunately very short. Rehearsals will be Sundays and 2 nights during the week (this will be determined by general availability).

This would have been first performed with very posh British accents but the opportunity certainly exists for a range of characters, provided it all makes logical sense.

Auditions from 1:00pm on Saturday 8th and from 10:00am Sunday 9th May.

Please contact Barry on homechat@genesiantheatre.com.au with your CV and headshot to book an audition time. A short section of the script will be forwarded to you to peruse. You may be asked to read against another auditionee.

If you are unable to audition on the 8th or 9th but are still interested please contact Barry and it may be possible to arrange an alternative time.

Please note that this is an unpaid production.

An amateur production by arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd