Mar 062018

The Hatpin

Audition Dates: 17th & 18th March, 2018

Character descriptions and requirements: All available at

Lead Roles

AMBER MURRAY: Unprepared mother.  Mother and Father-less; abandoned; hopeless; yet, a driven mother of Horace. Aged 18-25 yrs

HARRIET PIPER: Tom-boy of the 1800’s; Very masculine in attitude; with a rough and practical appearance; not held by social constructs and standards; sympathetic and outgoing; a quick-witted older woman aged 30-65yrs.

AGATHA MAKIN: A cunning woman that controls the Makin household, warm at times with a reprimanding temper; product of her time. Late twenties-40yrs.

CLARA MAKIN: a wide-eyes young woman, always with her head in a book, with an ill disposition for Charles and teenaged attitude to her mother Agatha, sympathetic and shy.  Aged 15-19yrs.

CHARLES MAKIN: The weaker party of the Makin couple. Clean, shaven and well presented.  Holds very little power in his relationships and is feminised by this in many scenarios. Aged 30-40’s.

Featured Ensemble

EDWARD CLEARY: A handsome young man, man product of his time, absorbed by the ideas of capitalism, and is only suede when outcomes materialise.  Aged 20-30yrs.

JAMES HANONEY: A gruff man of the working class, dirty and hard working. 40-55yrs.

JUSTICE STEPHEN: A warm but stern judge. 40-55yrs.

THOMAS WILLIAMSON: A greedy, clever, profiteering attorney. 35-45yrs.

JAMES JOYCE: A constable. 35-45yrs.

MINNIE DAVIES: Shrew, shrivelled up woman, with a child. 25-30yrs.

MARIANNE LEONARD: Quiet, defensive, middle-class woman. 18-25yrs.

REBECCA RIGBY: Upper middle-class, timid, shy woman. 18-25yrs.

ENSEMBLE: Citizens, Ensemble, Company, Employees and Press-Agents (played by additional members of the above company).


THE HATPIN is inspired by the true story of Amber Murray who in 1892 gave up her son to the Makin family in Sydney, Australia.

THE HATPIN tells story of a single mother, Amber Murray, who advertised her baby in a newspaper trading column in the hope of saving his life…and ended up embroiled in one of the most captivating, moving and exciting criminal trials in Australian history. Using the moral support she gains from her friendship with the free spirited Harriet Piper, Amber fights the injustices of circumstance and tragedy to find hope and strength.

A moving and hopeful story about friendship and courage. Dealing with motherhood, poverty and the resilience of women thriving under extraordinary pressures, this show looks at the public’s judgment of private choice, the power of self-liberty and the notion of “care”.

This case of Amber Murray vs. The Makins was influential in bringing about awareness in society of the need for welfare for single-mothers and the demand for a review of the Australian Child Protection Act.

Suburb & state: Bundoora, Victoria

Contact info: Bookings via, contact Nick

Company Name: Waterdale Theatre Inc.