Auditions “The Frogs : A Modern Adaptation”

Torbay Theatre are looking for young actors (aged c.15-25) and crew for their production of Aristophanes’s The Frogs : A Modern Adaptation by Don Zolidis.

Read-throughs/Auditions are taking place on Tuesday 28th November at 5:30pm, and Sunday 26th November at 7pm.

They will be held at the Gate Theatre (behind Torbay shops). Rehearsals will run over the summer break from late December to late January.

The play is a satire, a hilarious and scathing look at highbrow and lowbrow art, in which Dionysus, God of Wine and Poetry, attempts to raise the level of public discourse. He seeks to retrieve Shakespeare from the underworld and give him his own HBO series. Will Hercules, Jane Austen, and Charon the ferryman help or hinder them in their travels through Hades? And how will they escape after they are captured by a chorus of reality-television-loving demon frogs?

For more details or expressions of interest,

Contact Jonathan on 0277480828 or at or Daphne at

AUDITIONS – Children’s Holiday Show

Will Geezer pass the test?
Torbay Theatre is calling for auditions for our annual July holiday production for children.

WHERE: The Gate Theatre, next to the Torbay Community Hall
WHEN: Sunday 4 June at 2.00pm
and Monday 5 June at 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: The previsuly advertised auditions on Monday 5 June at 7.30 pm have been cancalled

The play, written once again by our own very talented Sophia Burton, is a sequel to last year’s “The Enchanted Cave”, and will involve some of the same characters.
Geezer, now a reformed character, is on a quest, and he needs the help of Trixie and Stacey. Will they help him after he was so naughty last year?
Performances will be in the second week of the July school holidays, around 19-21 July.
Rehearsals will be on one weekday evening 7-9pm, and one weekend afternoon – times to be finalised with the cast. There will be additional daytime rehearsals during the first week of the school holidays.

List of characters:
Geezer – a boy on a mission. He is a reformed character.
Stacey – a girl who is persuaded to help him.
Trixie – an elfin creature who is also persuaded to help in the quest.
Spike – an extremely wicked creature whose main aim is to prevent Geezer succeeding.
A talking tree – could be boy or girl.
Guards 1 & 2 – could be boys or girls
Jewel keeper – girl
Craftsman – male (any age)
Enchantress – female (any age)

Plus a company of children. Other characters will be selected from the company.

If you would like to take part and cannot attend the auditions, ring Jill Reid 09 473 3095, or Daphne Goddard 473 7494


Gondoliers Auditions

Following our super-successful productions of The Pirates of Penzance in 2014 and The Mikado in 2015, the multi-award-winning team at Torbay Theatre is staging Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in December 2016.

Auditions will be held on:

  • Sunday 31 July at 2 pm, in the Torbay Community Hall and
  • Monday 1 August at 7.30 pm, in the Gate Theatre, Torbay

The large cast requires FIVE principal males and FOUR principal females who are confident singers and actors, along with another EIGHT minor soloists (four female and four male) who are also members of the chorus.

As well, we require another 10-20 chorus members (both male and female) who are competent singers and/or dancers (not necessarily both!)

Auditions will take a workshop format, so we ask that all auditionees arrive at the start of the session.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for movement, and bring an audition song with piano music or an accompaniment track if you wish to be considered as a soloist.  All ages from teens up are welcome!

Rehearsals will be held at the Torbay Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, and on Sundays from 2-5 pm.  These rehearsals will be timetabled around cast availability, and will be organised in groups so that, initially, most cast will only be required at one or two rehearsals a week.

Production dates are from 8 to 18 December (except Monday 12th) with 2 pm matinées on the Sundays, and all other performances at 7.30 pm.

Resources can be downloaded from here:

Further background, synopsis, etc can be found on Wikipedia.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Graham Mandeno – phone (09)4735454, or click to email.

Additional Auditions For Absent Freinds

Torbay Theatre is holding a further audition for this Alan Ayckbourn play as follows:-

Date:-    Sunday   26 June 2016

Time:-    7 pm

Venue:-   Gate Theatre, Torbay Community Hall, Torbay

Cast:-     3 male and 3 female,  30 – 50 years

The production dates are 19 – 28 August 2016.

Enquiries:  Director  Lynne Davis  021 591 300.