Photograph 51

29 Oct 2023 @ 12:00pm,
30 Oct 2023 @ 7:00pm
Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.

VDL Awards Entry: 2024

Author: Anna Ziegler

Director: Natasha Boyd

Genre: Drama


It’s the age of scientific discovery in the 1950s, and researchers are scrambling to be the first to unlock the mysteries of DNA. Amongst these scientists is Rosalind Franklin, an underappreciated yet stubborn genius working in this male dominated field including her ambitious competitors Watson and Crick.

Based on a true story, Photograph 51 is a searing character study of an unsung hero of DNA research, set amidst one of history’s most fascinating scientific races.


Characters Summary:

1F (age mid 30s)
5M (age range - 20s to 50s)

Characters Description:

Note: ages are a ballpark guide. The Director is more interested in character suitability & ensemble fit.

Rosalind Franklin: The protagonist and central figure of Photograph 51, Rosalind Franklin is a brilliant Jewish British scientist in her mid-30s who doesn't suffer fools.

Maurice Wilkins: 30s-40s A New Zealand born, British physicist at King’s College. Formal, lauded, established, and taken seriously by his colleagues in the community, Franklin's sparring partner, a wounded soul but not bumbling or buffoonish.

Ray Gosling: 20s British, A graduate student at King’s College assigned to assist Franklin, endearing.

Don Caspar: 20s-30s A Jewish American scientist who becomes fascinated by Franklin’s research and herself—then later travels to King’s College to assist and study with her. Open, honest.

James Watson: 30s-40s (younger than Crick). A young, confident, brash American scientist working as a researcher at Cambridge University. Watson’s dreams of renown and fame—and his intense desire to prove himself to the world.

Francis Crick: 40s-50s, A British scientist, proper though not unkind. Brash, a philosopher at heart and working as a researcher at Cambridge University.

Precast Characters:


Audition Venue & Dates

Audition Dates and Times:

12:00pm on:

  • Sun 29th Oct 2023

7:00pm on:

  • Mon 30th Oct 2023

Audition Venue Name: Williamstown Little Theatre

Audition Venue Address:

2-4 Albert Street

Audition Enquiries Contact: Natasha Boyd - or 0413188513


Season Dates: 7 Feb 2024 - 24 Feb 2024


5:00pm on:

  • Sun 11th Feb 2024
  • Sun 18th Feb 2024

8:15pm on:

  • Wed 7th Feb 2024
  • Thu 8th Feb 2024
  • Fri 9th Feb 2024
  • Sat 10th Feb 2024
  • Wed 14th Feb 2024
  • Thu 15th Feb 2024
  • Fri 16th Feb 2024
  • Sat 17th Feb 2024
  • Tue 20th Feb 2024
  • Wed 21st Feb 2024
  • Thu 22nd Feb 2024
  • Fri 23rd Feb 2024
  • Sat 24th Feb 2024

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Other Information

Other Information:

Audition method: Auditions will be conducted in small groups, with auditionees presenting one monologue either from the play or on the theme (1-2mins) as well as improvising two scenes from the play alongside other auditionees. Please allow 45 minutes.

Rehearsal commitment: Rehearsals will be held during two weeknights from 7pm-9.45pm and on Sundays for a period of 4 hours at time to suit the cast/director, most likely Tues/Wed nights or Wed/Thurs nights and Sunday afternoons 1-5pm. Any unavailability please state clearly in your submission.

There will be a break for the festive season with no rehearsals from Wed 20th December to Sunday 7th January. Tech run is Sunday 28th January and not negotiable.

* Note if you have Taylor Swift tickets please do not audition as season clashes with her concert.

Please bring along a completed Audition Form, and a one page A4 Arts resume that includes headshot photo and character(s) you want to be considered for. The Audition Form can be downloaded from the WLT website -

For inquiries and to book an audition time please contact the director, Natasha, via email