CADOS Present

The Elephant Man

Written by Bernard Pomerance

Director Dave Reid

Producer Mark Jones


Sunday 29th July - 3pm at Chorley Little Theatre

The Performances

Mon 22-Sat 27th October 2012 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre


The Rehearsals:

Sundays (12-4pm); Wednesdays (7.30-10pm) and in later stages Fridays (7.30-10pm) – a full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.


The Play

The Elephant Man is a 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance, which premiered in London in 1979 with David Bowie in the lead role. In 1980 David Lynch directed the film version, which starred John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins (although it was not based on this play). The play chronicles the true story of John Merrick, treated first as a fairground freak because of his hideously deformed body and later exploited by Victorian society. As a carnival attraction, Merrick is known only as ‘The Elephant Man’.


This CADOS production : Will be an ensemble performance requiring 12 to 13 performers who are ready and able to play a variety of roles ranging from hospital staff and patients,  into passers-by on a London street, into members of the aristocracy – all changing in a matter of seconds. There are only two consistent roles: that of John Merrick (The Elephant Man) and Frederick Treves, the doctor who, on the surface, helps “The Elephant Man” but at the same time benefits by his association with him.  There will be no make-up or special effects to depict the Elephant Man. The key concept behind this production is that it is not Merrick that is deformed, but the people who use, abuse or benefit by their association with him. This will require the eponymous character to be played totally neutral, with the ensemble cast having various degrees of ‘deformity’. Anyone willing to audition must be prepared to take part in a range of workshop rehearsals and to be prepared to experiment with vocal and physical actions.

This highly stylised and emotional play will require strong and flexible acting skills, which you will either turn up with or they will be developed during the rehearsal process. It will be an original production and, hopefully, a new venture for CADOS.


The Director

Dave is no stranger to the Chorley Little Theatre stage, having played Pip in ‘Great Expectations’; Salieri in ‘Amadeus’ and Oberon in ‘A Mid-summer Nights Dream’. A Senior Lecturer in Drama, Dave is no stranger to directing, he has directed many productions. However this will be his directorial debut for CADOS. He has promised that this production will be exciting and innovative.


The Auditions - Interested?

There is no preparation required pre-audition. For anyone aiming to play either Merrick or Treves (these roles have a massive amounts of lines) audition pieces will be given out at the audition. Anyone interested in the ensemble roles will take part in a workshop audition. Please note you must be 16+ to audition for this production.




Age Range


Dr Frederick Treves



Surprisingly, the central character in the play. A man with ambition but also with an overwhelming sense of guilt at how he makes his achievements. This role has a huge amount of lines and will require some physical flexibility.

John Merrick (The Elephant Man)



The eponymous character who is supposed to be hideously disfigured. This production requires an actor who is able to be totally honest, open and physically un-deformed (if that makes sense!) No make up or physical effects will be used in the portrayal of this role.

Mrs Kendal*



A famous actress – the most challenging female role, must be able to play the ‘actress’ and also the human underneath.

Mr Carr-Gomm*



In charge of the London Hospital. Employer of Frederick Treves and the man who allows the Elephant Man to stay at the hospital. Why? Because he knows it will be good publicity. A manipulator and corrupt – but with humanity.




Written as one character, this production will use two actors to play the role, interchanging lines and working almost as if they were Siamese twins. These roles will require the ability to be physically and vocally flexible.

Other Ensemble Roles:


Belgian Freaks

Their manager

Belgian Policeman

London Policeman

Conductor of ferry





Princess Alexandra

Lord John

Nurse Sandwich

*denotes ensemble character


If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact either Mark on 0787 7111248 or via the "Submissions" form on this site.)