Ladies in Retirement – This production has been cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown.

21 Mar 2021 @ 2:00pm,
23 Mar 2021 @ 7:30pm
Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

Author: Edward Percy & Reginald Denham

Director: Martin Gibbs

Genre: Drama


Set in an isolated cottage on the Thames Estuary in 1885, a former showgirl/actress, Miss Fiske, and her long-time companion and housemate, Ellen, become involved in competing schemes that grow more sinister after the arrival at their home of Ellen’s two sisters. A surprise turn of events will keep you glued to the unfolding story that has been described as one of the best stage thrillers of its time.
First staged in 1939 as England was starting WWII, London was in a blackout, and most theatres were closed it was an enormous hit, running for a total of 301 performances.


Characters Summary:

1M (20s-30s), 6W (20s-70s)

Characters Description:

Lucy Gilham, maid – 20’s to early 30’s – medium role.
Pretty, flighty, easily led.

Leonora Fisk, cottage owner – probably 60’s to 70’s – large role but only required in Act 1.
Retired ex-showgirl/actress. Theatrical in manner, good hearted with a quick wit and rather quick temper.

Ellen Creed – housekeeper/companion – mid 50’s to mid 60’s – major role.
Authoritative and striking in manner with considerable dignity.

Albert Feather, Ellen’s nephew - early 20’s to mid 30’s – medium role.
A “jack-the–lad”, dodgy, cocky, jaunty and impudent, but lazy – popular with the ladies.

Louisa Creed, elder sister of Ellen and Emily – late 60’s to late 70’s – medium role.
Simple like a child, fluttering and fretful but at times decidedly comical.

Emily Creed, elder sister of Louisa and Ellen – late 60’s to late 70’s – medium role.
Simple, sullen and resents her inability to fend for herself.

Sister Theresa, Catholic nun – 50 to 70 - small role.
Jolly and cheerful.

Precast Characters:


Audition Venue & Dates

Audition Dates and Times:

2:00pm on:

  • Sun 21st Mar 2021

7:30pm on:

  • Tue 23rd Mar 2021

Audition Venue Name: MTC Lockup

Audition Venue Address:

8/417-419 Warrigal Road, Cheltenham

Audition Enquiries Contact: Martin Gibbs 0411.645.003 &


Season Dates: 18 Jun 2021 - 3 Jul 2021


2:30pm on:

  • Sun 20th Jun 2021
  • Sat 26th Jun 2021
  • Sun 27th Jun 2021

8:00pm on:

  • Fri 18th Jun 2021
  • Sat 19th Jun 2021
  • Thu 24th Jun 2021
  • Fri 25th Jun 2021
  • Sat 26th Jun 2021
  • Thu 1st Jul 2021
  • Fri 2nd Jul 2021
  • Sat 3rd Jul 2021

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Other Information

Other Information:

The above ages and descriptions are a guide only. We are looking for actors who look right, and who can play the ages stated and not necessarily be that age. So please don’t wait to be asked if you feel you could play any of the characters. No roles have been pre-cast.

It is necessary that you are familiar with the play when you come to the auditions.

Copies of the script can be obtained by phoning or emailing the director.

Rehearsals are two nights a week and Sundays at times to be decided and will commence 11 May (TBC).