Audition: Picnic

Audition Details:

Audition Dates:                   18th June, 7 - 10pm

                                             20th June, 7 - 10pm

Recalls:                                22nd June, 7 – 10pm

Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required. Please do get in touch with the Director, Zoe with any questions you may have by emailing

Performance Space:                      150 seat Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre

Performance Dates:                      25th – 29th September 2018

Rehearsal Period:

Rehearsals will take place from early July at 7.30pm for 2-3 evenings on Monday to Thursday, as well as around 3 hours rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times.  Most actors will only be called for 2 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week. If you have summer holidays planned please don’t think this prevents you from auditioning, that is partly why we are starting rehearsals in July to factor in cast members being on holiday.

Please note:

This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £20 show fee will be due.

Audition Preparation:

Please download the audition form here, and if you can fill it out before hand and send it to the director Zoe, 

You can download some audition pieces here, to try to work on any accents prior to the audition, but there is no need to prepare these. 

The first audition will involve games and exercises to see how you work with other actors and how you work physically, nothing to strenuous or exhausting but do come in clothes that you can move in. We will also work on some accent and reading work. There is no need to prepare any text beforehand, but please do read the play or at least the plot of Picnic on Wikipedia. I would be wary of watching the film, as it doesn’t have quite the same vibe as the show we are trying to create. Please also make sure you arrive on time as we shall be starting promptly.

The recalls will involve detailed scene work and some games/exercises.



“What can you do with the love you feel? Where is there you can take it”

                                                                                                                             Madge in Picnic


It’s Labor Day and the women of Independence, Kanas are preparing for the annual picnic. Sisters Madge and Millie bicker, their mother Flo pesters, neighbour Helen bustles and teacher Rosemary meddles. These seemingly content group of women are disrupted by the arrival of the young and charming drifter Hal. Hearts are broken and lives are changed in the following 24 hours, as Hal’s lively, dangerous, masculine energy wakes up the sleepy community. This Pulitzer Prize winning play explores themes of sexuality, repression, rites of passage and disappointment.

Our production will focus on the sexuality and the role of gender within this production, using music, dance and ensemble theatre. Picnic shows a traditional Americana world where the people who inhabit it are consumed by longing and desire and it’s those hidden feelings that we want to draw out in this production.


“I been talkin' with my buddy, and he thinks I'm virgin enough for the two of us.”

                                                                                                                            William Inge



7 Female.  4 Male

Madge Owens                      (18 - 20)A homecoming queen. Popular, flirty and fun. She is going out with Alan but feels both unworthy of him and too good for him. At a crossroads in her life and at this young age she already feels like she’s failing.


Milly Owens                         (16-18) Madge’s younger sister. Clever, solitary and driven. With her fiery temper she couldn’t be more different from her sister. However, she is desperate to understand and replicate her sister’s appeal.


Rosemary Sydney              (30s-mid 50s) A school teacher. Funny, independent and lonely. She loves her job and the freedom it brings her. However, she longs for a life she didn’t choose and the possibility of never having it, terrifies her.


Hal Carter                            (20s) A drifter. Charming, optimistic and adventurous. An ex-college football player, an ex-Hollywood actor, an eternal dreamer. He is a people pleaser, wanting everyone to love him and be in love with him.


Alan Seymour *                   (20s) Madge’s boyfriend. Kind, romantic and gentlemanly. A rich college student, a class above the other characters of the play. Admired by many but frustrated that he isn’t truly loved by one.


Flo Owens                            (35-45) Madge and Milly’s mother. Loving, bitter and suspicious. A good mother who is perhaps too protective of her daughters. Her life has been tough, and she is determined that her daughters won’t have to work as hard.


Helen Potts *                       (40s-60s) Flo’s neighbour. Sweet, welcoming and wise. As a widow, Helen is stuck looking after her bed-ridden mother but longs for a glamorous life filled with fun.


Howard Bevans                  (30s-50s) Rosemary’s friend. Affectionate, playful and weak. Howard is a fun presence in the community, but he can be easily led and he similarly to Hal is just desperate to be liked.


Irma Kronkite *                  (20s-40s) Rosemary’s colleague. Gossipy and fun. A view of the community of single ladies that Rosemary is both engrained in and desperate to leave.   


Christine Schoenwalder * (20s-40s) Rosemary’s colleague. Friendly and shy. A view of the community of single ladies that Rosemary is both engrained in and desperate to leave.   


Bomber *                              (16-18) A newspaper boy. An aggressive flirter with both Madge and Millie. A view of the local boys of the community.


* For these roles we are interested in anyone who can sing or play any instruments, but this does not exclude people who can’t.


Backstage opportunities available include:


Lighting & Sound operators,

Set construction,

Stage management


Please get in touch with if you are interested in getting involved.