Ladies in Retirement

20 Mar 2022 @ 2:00pm,
22 Mar 2022 @ 7:30pm
Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.

Author: Edward Percy and 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), 5F(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 – house-keeper/companion – mid 50’s to mid 60’s – major role. Stern and striking in manner with considerable dignity. Protective.
Albert Feather, Ellen’s nephew - early 20’s to mid 30’s – medium role. 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.

Precast Characters:

The roles of Emily Creed and Sister Theresa have been cast already as carry over roles from our cancelled 2021 production.

Audition Venue & Dates

Audition Dates and Times:

2:00pm on:

  • Sun 20th Mar 2022

7:30pm on:

  • Tue 22nd Mar 2022

Audition Venue Name: MTC Lockup

Audition Venue Address:

Factory 8, 417-419 Warrigal Rd, Cheltenham (opposite Hungry Jacks)

Audition Enquiries Contact: Martin Gibbs 0411 645 003 or


Season Dates: 17 Jun 2022 - 2 Jul 2022


2:30pm on:

  • Sun 19th Jun 2022
  • Sat 25th Jun 2022
  • Sun 26th Jun 2022

8:00pm on:

  • Fri 17th Jun 2022
  • Sat 18th Jun 2022
  • Thu 23rd Jun 2022
  • Fri 24th Jun 2022
  • Sat 25th Jun 2022
  • Thu 30th Jun 2022
  • Fri 1st Jul 2022
  • Sat 2nd Jul 2022

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Other Information

Other Information:

Auditions are by appointment. Please call the director to arrange a time.

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. Appropriate English accents are required.

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 on April 24th. 2022. TBC,