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Volunteer AWAY By Michael Gow

at Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc. - Sydney


Commencing with a school performance of A Midsummer Night\\\‘s Dream, the Shakespearean themes of suffering and reconciliation persist as three families on separate holidays are united during a fierce storm. Immigrants Harry and Vic love their adopted country but are faced with their son Tom’s terminal illness. Jim and Gwen fret over their daughter Meg’s blossoming independence and her friendship with the socially unsuitable Tom. Roy is unable to console a grief-stricken Coral over the death of their only son in Vietnam. But with the help of some Shakespearean fairies and a spectacular storm, these families are reconciled and face the future anew.

Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th May, 2016
10th/11th/12th/13th May – 11.00am
14th May – 2.00pm
13th/14th May – 8.00pm

Saturday 6th February, 2016 – 10.30am to 4.30pm

The Artist Studio @ Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Rd. Casula (Enter via Shepherd St. Liverpool)

Auditions are by Appointment. Please contact the Auditions Secretary at or on 0415 422 653 to request an Audition pack.
Auditions will be a duration of 15-20 mins.
Auditions will be a cold read of monologues/scenes that will be provided at your audition. A brief description of the monologues/scenes will be included in the Audition pack.

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Male Roles…
Tom – Age 17-19. Son of Vic & Harry, English immigrant, pupil at Roy’s school. Budding actor, living with cancer (leukaemia).
Roy – Age 38-45. Headmaster of Tom & Meg’s school, husband of Coral. Concerned for his position within society.
Jim – Age 38-45. Father of Meg, husband of Gwen, office worker. Appears submissive and passive however is understanding, patient and stoic, holds the family together, the peacemaker.
Harry – Age 35-38. Father of Tom, husband of Vic, English immigrant, factory worker. Like Vic, Harry is very supportive of his family, practically minded and loves his son.
Female Roles…
Meg – Age 17-19. Daughter of Gwen & Jim, pupil at Roy’s school. Strong-willed, opinionated, quick-tempered.
Gwen – Age 36-43. Mother of Meg, wife of Jim. Experience of poverty have led to her being bitter and hardened, class conscious and pretentious.
Coral – Age 30-36. Wife of Roy. Emotionally disconnected, unable to accept the loss of her son.
Vic – Age 32-36. Mother of Tom, wife of Harry, English immigrant. She shows great strength of character in the face of her son’s illness. Supporting and loving, very practical.

  • Please note: The production will involve an effective doubling of characters amongst all actors. This doubling will join one of the above main roles with one or two small characters that appear during the course of the show.

  • Tuesday & Thursday evenings (as required) – 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Additional weekend rehearsals may be scheduled at the discretion of the Director, in consultation with the cast.
  • Mid-week rehearsals are held at Mt Pritchard Community Hall – Cnr Cabramatta Rd. West & Pritchard St. Mt Pritchard
  • Rehearsals are due to commence on Thursday 11th February. Confirmation of the rehearsal schedule will be available on selection into the cast.


  • This is a unpaid community theatre production.
  • The season will be performed in the Main Theatre of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
  • As part of Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc’s commitment to education, the season includes 4 mid-week matinee performances that conclude with a Q&A session with our students. Attendance at each performance and all Q&A sessions is non-negotiable.
  • Each cast member must be a 2016 member of Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc. Membership is $20 and is required by the 2nd week of the rehearsal period.
  • Each cast member must pay a Production Fee. The Production Fee is $30 and is required by the 4th week of the rehearsal period.
  • All cast members are required at Bump-In/Bump-Out and any fundraising activities hosted organised by the LPAE Committee to help promote the production.

Tuesday 2nd February – 7.00pm to 8.30pm – Play-Reading & Audition Prep Work
Saturday 6th February – 10.30am to 4.30pm – Auditions
Tuesday 9th February – 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Callbacks
Thursday 11th February – 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Rehearsals Commence
Sunday 8th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm – Bump-In/Technical Plot & Rehearsal
Monday 9th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm – Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 10th May – 11.00am – Performance
Wednesday 11th May – 11.00am – Performance
Thursday 12th May – 11.00am – Performance
Friday 13th May – 11.00am & 8.00pm – 2 x Performance
Saturday 14th May – 2.00pm & 8.00pm – 2 x Performance/Bump-Out

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