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Hangmen
Hangmen

by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Andy Briggs

12th to 19th January 2019

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Director - Andy Briggs

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Audition Sunday 8th July 2018 15:00

“Guillotine’s quick but guillotine’s messy and French. Who’d go for that in Durham?”

Harry is the landlord of a pub in Oldham. Harry is a local celebrity. Harry is the SECOND-best hangman in England, please don’t mention the FIRST! Harry is surrounded by his sycophantic pub regulars, all waiting to hear his reaction to the news they’ve abolished capitol punishment.

Harry has visitors:- A reporter, his disgraced assistant, his arch nemesis and a peculiar stranger in need of lodgings…or is it revenge?

Hugely successful, this wickedly dark comedy won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Characters

Harry – 40 to 50’s. Pub landlord and chief executioner.

Alice – Late 30’s to mid 40’s. Harry’s wife.

Shirley – Playing age 15 (over 16 required) over weight. Referred to as ‘mopey’.

Syd – Late 30’s to mid 40’s. Harry’s ex-assistant. Has occasional stutter.

Mooney – 20’s charming but sinister. Cockney.

Inspector Fry – 40 to 50. Pub local. Southerner hating policeman.

Bill – 30 upwards. Pub local, alcoholic.

Charlie – 30 upwards. Pub local, interpreter for Arthur.

Arthur- 60’s upwards. Pub local. Deaf old git!

Clegg – 20’s upwards. Cub reporter for Oldham Gazette.

Hennessy – 20’s upwards. Ineptly hanged in the first scene protesting his innocence.

Pierrpoint – 50’s upwards. Retired chief ‘celebrity’ executioner. One showy scene.

Guards, Governor, Doctor – These roles will not be auditioned. Please express your interest.

Hangmen Audition pieces

Hennessy (Harry and Sid)

Page 11 Harry-“Just go easy…..” to Page 13 Hennessy- “…..at a time like this”

Harry and Clegg

Page 36 Clegg-“So your friend Bill…..” to Page 38 Harry-“…..pardon the expression”

Alice (Shirley)

Page 40 Alice-“Oh Harry…..” to Page 41 Alice-“…..in a mood”

Shirley and Mooney

Page49 Mooney-“Do you have a…..” to Page 51 Mooney-“…..chatting with your mum?”

Bill, Arthur, Charlie, Fry (Harry)

Page 54 Bill-“All I’m saying is…..” to Page 57 Arthur-“…..Ohh…I see”

Harry and Syd (Arthur, Charlie, Fry)

Page 60 Syd-“I must have a read…..” to Page 61 Harry-“…..what’s on your mind?”

Syd (Harry)

Page 62 Syd-“He were a car thief…..” to Page 63 Syd-“…..hanging today int it?”

Mooney (Syd)

Page 70 Mooney-“She didn’t get lost…..” to Page 71 Mooney-“…..need to know basis eh?”

Harry and Alice

Page 75 Alice-“D’you remember when…..” to Page 76-“…..Put that gin away”

Pierrpoint (Harry)

Page 97 Pierrpoint-“Ta lad…..” to Page 98 Pierrpoint-“…..none of them complained”

Shirley

Page 102 Shirley-“Alright I know…..” to Page 103 Shirley-“…..mam I’m starved”

Bold denotes that specific character/characters audition piece. Other characters in brackets are for reading in purpose.

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