Nov 122016


Written By Richard Beynon


‘He gave his life that others may live’

Jack Kirkpatrick, a young man who grew up caring more for his pets and the local strays than he did for school work, desperately wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and become a merchant seaman. Due to his lack of interest and attendance at school, he’s forced to leave his education and work as a milk delivery boy and donkey attendant.
Tragedy strikes the family home with the loss of his father. Two days after the burial, Jack surprises his family by announcing that he will be leaving home in order to go to sea. He boards a ship heading to Western Australia and plans to stay for a year to provide for his family and have the adventure of a lifetime, but end up travelling around Australia, just trying to make enough money to return home. Documenting his adventures through letters sent home to his mother Sarah and sister Annie, who are anxious for his return.
With a lack of funds for his return, Jack thinks his luck has changed when war is declared in Europe, and Australia starts sending men to England for training. Known as a “larrikin,” Jack decides to change his name to John Simpson in order to avoid detection, and hops a ship. Unfortunately, that ship did not return to England instead was diverted to a camp set up in Egypt, where ‘John’ was assigned the role of stretcher-bearer. Simpson and his comrades find themselves on the beaches of Gallipoli.
The rest is part of Australia’s history.

Depicting the early life and tragic death of John Simpson – the man with the donkey at Gallipoli.
1902-09 NE England
1910-14 Australia/NE England
1914-15 Egypt/Turkey/NE England

Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th May, 2017
24th/25th/26th – 11.00am
27th – 2.00pm
24th/26th – 7.30pm
Main Theatre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Rd. Casula

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016
Morning Session – 10.00am to 1.00pm
Afternoon Session* – 2.00pm to 5.00pm
* Sunday Afternoon Session will be Call Backs
Arts & Crafts Room, Antegra Estate, 1 Antegra Dr. Leppington (off Cowpasture Rd)

* Auditions will be 10 mins in duration. Please arrive 10-15 mins prior for preparation.
* Auditions will be hot reads i.e. prepared script pieces. You do not need to memorise the script pieces, however it is recommended that you have familiarised yourself with the story.
* Script pieces can be requested via Or you can click on the following link to go to the Dropbox Folder – Simpson, J. 202 – Audition Pieces
* Audition bookings are made at your own discretion. Please click on the following link to go to the auditions booking link. If you have any trouble processing your audition time please contact us without delay.
* If required, callbacks will be held during the Sunday Afternoon session, at the Audition venue.
* Please feel free to bring along a copy of your resume to attach to your audition form.

Major Roles…
* John (aka Jack Kirkpatrick) – A larrikin, a rule breaker and a social misfit of sorts. Script description in the play as medium height, 12 stone 4oz. Playing Age: 9 to 22 years. Accent: Geordie/South Shields.
* Annie – John’s older sister. Dominates her younger brother. Heavily pregnant in Act 2. Playing Age: 16 to 28 years. Accent: Geordie/South Shields.
* Sarah – John & Annie’s Mother. Dramatic intensity required. Some comedic moments. Playing Age: 40s to 50s. Accent: Scottish.
Support Roles… Support roles are of equal size and a have dramatic/comedic range
* Mr Woodvine – School Teacher. Appears in Act 1 only. Playing Age: Any. Accent: Ideally Welsh, Yorkshire or Geordie, but open to other British/Irish regional.
* Robbie – Private in the Australian Army. Most disciplined than Jack. Appears in Act 2 only. Playing Age: 18 to 20s. Accent: Australian
* Sgt Hookway – Australian Army Sergeant. Classic army bloke with a ‘Heart of Gold.’ Appears in Act 2 only. Playing Age: 30s to 50s. Accent: Australian
* Egyptian Girl – Could be played by first-timer or a backstage crewmember. Playing Age: 18 to 20s. Accent: Non-speaking role.

* Tuesday & Thursday evenings (as required) – 7.30pm to 10.30pm
* Additional weekend rehearsals may be scheduled at the discretion of the Director, in consultation with the cast.
* Mid-week rehearsals are to be held in the Arts & Crafts Room, Antegra Estate – 1 Antegra Dr. Leppington (off Cowpasture Rd)
* Rehearsals will commence formally in January, with a couple of reads in December. Director to confirm.

* This is an unpaid community theatre production.
* The season will be performed in the Main Theatre of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
* A specialised voice coach will be available during the rehearsal period to assist with accents.
* Each cast member must be a 2016-17 member of Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc. Membership is $20 and is required by the 2nd week of the rehearsal period.
* Each cast member is required to pay a Production Fee. The Production Fee is $30 and is required by the 4th week of the rehearsal period.
* Please see the ‘Important Dates’ below – these dates are non-negotiable for all cast members. Your inability to attend any of the dates below may affect your ability to be cast.

Saturday 3rd December – 10.00am to 5.00pm – Auditions
Sunday 4th December10.00am to 1.00pm – Auditions
Sunday 4th December2.00pm to 5.00pm – Call backs (if required)
TBC – 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Play Read-through
TBC – 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Rehearsals Commence
Sunday 21st May10.00am to 5.00pm – Bump-In
Monday 22nd May – 7.00pm – Full Tech & Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 23rd May – 7.00pm – Full Tech & Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday 24th May – 11.00am & 7.30pm – 2 x Performance
Thursday 25th May11.00am – Performance
Friday 26th May – 11.00am & 7.30pm – 2 x Performance
Saturday 27th May2.00pm – Performance + Bump-Out

If you require any further information, please contact the Director Rosie Daly on 0402 444 018.

Type of production

Company Name and Suburb
Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc, Liverpool NSW

New South Wales