Audition: The Retreat

The Retreat by Sam Bain

Audition Dates:                     Monday 22nd October @ 7.30pm

                                              Wednesday 24th October @ 7.30pm

Recalls:                                Monday 29th October @ 7.30pm


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

Performance Space:             50 seat Studio at Putney Arts Theatre

Performance Dates:             Dates: 22nd to 26th January 2019

Rehearsal Period:

Rehearsals will take place from late November 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.

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:

It would be helpful, but not essential, to have read the play.  Please also make sure you arrive on time.


A three hander, comedy drama set in the present day.

Luke has given up on city life and, in search of spiritual enlightenment, has retreated to a Buddhist centre in the Scottish Highlands.  There, he meets and is drawn to the alluring owner of the Retreat, Tara.  Whether his continuing interest in Buddhism has more to do with Tara or his core beliefs, is put to the test with the unexpected arrival of his older brother, Tony.  Tony has frittered away his inheritance on drugs and booze and has come, seeking a bail-out from Luke.  Luke however has already agreed to give all his money to Tara for the Retreat.  The ensuing battle Luke faces within himself plays out over 90 minutes in real time.  The  quick-fire wise cracks from Tony provide endless laugh out loud moments as the play skirts around the darker edges of the brothers’ lives.


1 Female.  2 Male.


Luke                                       Luke has apparently turned his back on City life and his past, to seek solace at a Buddhist retreat.  Attempting to ‘better‘ himself proves a challenge as his brother, Tony arrives on the scene unexpectedly. Sensible, cautious, emotionally suppressed. Inner conflict.


Tony                                       Tony, the older brother, has frittered away his inheritance on drugs and booze and uses emotional blackmail to try and extract money from Luke. Cynical and direct, he knows which buttons to press to rile his brother. Wise-cracking, vulgar and gauche. An overgrown child? 


Tara                                        Owner of the Retreat and devoted to it.  In need of funds to extend it.  Gets on well with Luke, but is their relationship really just built on self-interest?   Alluring and knows what she wants. A femme fatale?


All characters are written with a playing age of thirties.  The play can however be cast with characters up to twenty years older.  The choice will be dependent on the most convincing combination of actors available.


Backstage opportunities available include: 

Lighting operator,

Set construction,

Assistant stage manager

Sound operator

Costume assistants

Hair and make up assistants


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