Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981


will be held on Monday, 24th and Thursday, 27th June

from 8.00 – 10.00 p.m. at St Mark's Community Centre, Barton Rd, Newnham CB3 9JZ

Auditions will be by appointment so please email Maddie Forrester for details.   Audition pieces are available to view / download - see below.

Rehearsals will be helds at St Mark's on a Monday & Thursday basis from 8.00 p.m. commencing on Monday 16 September 2019.

Cast Requirements
This will be an ensemble company with 7 characters who appear throughout the play. A further 5 cast members will be required to play a number of different characters, so versatility and physical agility will be essential requirements for each role.   Movement and mime will form part of every cast member’s role.   Some singing will also be involved, particularly in groups, so the ability to hold a tune would be an advantage!  The Barge Woman and Toad will both have solos.

The Directors would like to make it clear that most of the roles are not gender-specific e.g. Albert the Horse could become Alberta if required but parts are only suitable for actors aged 18 or over.

Characters (descriptors as provided by Alan Bennett)

Mole - the newcomer who takes us into world of water and woods and befriends everyone.

Ratty – a naval / military type.

Badger - an older, steady sort of character with a benevolent, school-teacherly manner.

Toad - somewhat conceited, a show-off and creature of crazes.

Albert the Horse - comically mournful (e.g. as Eeyore).

Chief Weasel

Weasel Norman

Washerwoman, Hedgehog, Fox, Motorist, Field Mouse, Member of Wild Wood gang

Gaoler's Daughter, Portly, Young Hedgehog, Squirrel, Ferret, Field Mouse

Train Driver, Otter, Salesman, Squirrel, Field Mouse, Ferret - Member of Wild Wood gang

Barge woman, Rabbit, Stoat, Magistrate, Field Mouse, Member of Wild Wood gang

Gypsy, Rabbit, Stoat, Courtroom Clerk, Field Mouse, Member of Wild Wood Gang

Depending on how the play is cast, lines may be reallocated accordingly.

The beguiling charm of Kenneth’s Grahame’s classic story and the sparkling wit of Alan Bennett’s dialogue combine in this entertaining staged adaptation creating a delightful show for all ages.

The play features the charismatic, eccentric and endearing characters of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger and many of their woodland friends and other characters as they accompany Toad on his misadventures in caravans, cars, boats and trains. The Wild Wood is an ever present threat, as is the sinister gang that inhabits that world……

Alan Bennett’s stage adaptation has been highly praised ever since it was first performed. Bawds is delighted to bring this family show to the Cambridge audience in the run up to Christmas

Auditions for our April 2020 production will be held in September 2019 

Details to be announced

Bleak House is the story of the Jarndyce family, who wait in vain to inherit money from a disputed fortune in the settlement of the extremely long-running lawsuit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.

Ada Clare and Richard Carstone are caught up in the case which could eventually make them incredibly rich, if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. They go to live at Bleak House which is owned by the generous John Jarndyce, who is given custody, by the court, of Ada and Richard. Jarndyce is also the guardian of Esther Summerson, who also lives at Bleak House.
The many sub-plots feature numerous other characters all of whose lives are tied in, in some way or other to the outcome of the case. Characters like, Sir Leicester Dedlock and his wife, Lady Dedlock who nurses a dark secret; a secret which the merciless lawyer, Tulkinghorn tries desperately to uncover. Into the mix are thrown Guppy, a lovelorn solicitor’s clerk, ,Smallweed, a grasping moneylender, Hortense a conniving servant, Krook  a rag and bottle dealer, the Snagsbys, a law stationer and his nagging wife, Jo, a consumptive crossing sweeper, and Bucket, a police detective,.

The story blends together a number of different genres: detective fiction, romance, melodrama and satire and illustrates what Dickens considered to be the one great principle of the English law ... to make business for itself.

Cast requirements to be announced