AUDITIONS : The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

14 July 2022 - 7:30pm - 15 July 2022 - 7:30pm

BCP are pleased to announce forthcoming auditions for our November 2022 production of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase adapted for the stage by Russ Tunney from the book by Joan Aiken.

The opening of the Channel Tunnel has led to dangerous wolves roaming Britain.  Two brave and determined girls – Bonnie and Sylvia - fight against ferocious wolves, snowy wastelands, and their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp.  Together, and with their friend, Simon the goose boy, they face many dangers as they encounter unforgettable characters and mysterious scheming.

There is humour a-plenty in this classic children's story as well as suitable doses of scary bits!  This is a production for all the family - one to appeal to adults and children alike.

Auditions will be held on Thursday 14th July and Friday 15th July at 7.30pm at The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury, OX16 5QE.  

Available Roles as follows:
Bonnie and Sylvia - Bonnie - adventurous and confident, cousin Sylvia quieter and politer (although children in the story, played by actors 18–20yrs)
Simon the Goose Boy – older than the girls, kind, hard working, part of the girls’ adventures
Letitia Slighcarp – vain, menacing tyrant, greedy con artist, unremittingly vile (male actor)
Josiah Grimshaw – frightening, ridiculous, side kick to Letitia
Sir Willoughby – pompous but kind, given to pontification
James – good natured footman, tries to protect the girls
Dr Mourne – family doctor
Gertrude Brisket – prideful, domineering, friend to Letitia
School Inspector
Mr Wilderness – blacksmith
Mr Gripe – family lawyer, unwittingly duped into Letitia’s conspiracy
Dr Field – a doctor who helps the girls
Chorus – narration role - speaking as one/individually/around the theatre

Roles other than Bonnie and Sylvia are age blind (all 18+).  Several characters can be doubled if required.  Actors with smaller roles will also be part of the Chorus.

Subject to availability, there could be one or two rehearsals in August.  Full rehearsals commence in September on a mixture of Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Sunday afternoons.

Performance dates are 23rd to 26th November 2022 but you will need to be available 20th to 22nd November for Technical and Dress rehearsals.

You do not have to be a member to audition but will need to join if cast.  Membership option details can be found on the BCP website -
There will be an opportunity to discover more about this thrilling adventure set in an alternative history of England and how you can be involved at a Read Through on Thursday 30th June 2022 at 7.30pm at The Mill Arts Centre.   

If you have any questions, please email us at

We look forward to seeing you!