AUDITION: Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley

Audition dates

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 August at 7.30pm


Thursday 8 August at 7.30pm

Audition details

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

Performance space

Studio Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre

Performance dates

15 – 19 October 2019

Rehearsal period

Rehearsals will take place from mid-August for two to three evenings on Monday to Thursday, as well as around three 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 two rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to four 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 members of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £25 show fee will be due.

Audition preparation

Please familiarise yourself with the sides provided for the character you are auditioning for (link to audition pieces below). You do not need to be off-book for the audition. Please ensure that you have read the play fully and that you have an understanding of the character/s you are auditioning for. Please also make sure you arrive on time.


Jill and Ollie are expecting their first child and struggling to get a foot onto the property ladder. The pair find they have been picked for a new housing scheme by a mysterious government agency, facilitated by the strangely omniscient figure of Miss Dee, who offers them a new house completely free of charge. However, once Ollie accidentally kills a homeless intruder, the house magically acquires a new designer kitchen. They soon realise that the potential of the rooms to transform is dependant on their willingness to murder homeless people. In this dark, surreal comedy by Philip Ridley, Jill and Ollie find they are willing to go to increasingly immoral lengths in order to build their dream home.


Jill (25-35)  She is thrilled to learn about the opportunity for a brand-new home and quick to jump on board in the hope of a better future for her family. Her moral code, which is part of her religious upbringing, is tested when she manages to persuade herself that a new home for her family is worth a human life.

Ollie (25-35) – Initially cautious about the new housing scheme, which seems too good to be true, he takes a lead role in the couple’s plot to renovate their property by luring unsuspecting homeless people back to the house. He becomes single-minded in his resolve to do anything for his family.

Miss Dee (25-40) – A strangely omniscient woman who seems to work for the government. She is persuasive and authoritative, with an ability to vary between being practically minded and emotive. There is a strange intensity about her.

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 or if you are interested in getting involved.