Billy Liar Audition Notice
Audition Date – 25th October – 11 am at the theatre
Production Dates - Monday 22 February 2016 - Saturday 27 February 2016
Set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Stradhoughton, Billy Liar tells of a young undertaker's clerk named William "Billy" Fisher. Billy, still living at home with his parents and grandmother, is bored with his small-town existence, and in an effort to bring a little colour to his life tells lies – from the trifling and relatively inconsequential (the goings-on in the mythical world of Ambrosia, for instance), to the overblown, compulsive whoppers (this rather loose grasp of the truth leads him to be simultaneously engaged to two women).
CHARACTERS (Please Note – although I have been specific about the ages of the younger characters, as long as the actors look the right age I will be happy with both younger and older actors auditioning)
William "Billy" Fisher – age 19
Billy lies compulsively to everyone he comes across, whether it's the claim that his father is a retired naval captain/cobbler, or telling his parents that Arthur's (his best friend) mother has broken her leg. Billy works as a clerk for undertakers Shadrack & Duxbury, is engaged to two girlfriends, in love with a third and constantly refers to a vague job offer writing scripts in London for "Danny Boon", a comedian.
Alice Fisher – age 50+
Billy's mother. She rarely sits down in the play, constantly working hard to keep the house tidy and look after her husband, her mother, and Billy.
Geoffrey Fisher – age 50+
Billy's father. Geoffrey uses the word "bloody" in his sentences so often it has lost all meaning. Geoffrey has been a successful garage owner and a man who works in the removal business so his family live middle class lives despite his working class background. Geoffrey has a short temper, but otherwise rarely shows emotion. Relations between Geoffrey and Billy have broken down, providing the main source of conflict in the story.
Florence Boothroyd – age 70+
Billy's grandmother, Alice's mother. She is ignored by her family and never seen as a loved character until the end. Florence talks to the sideboard more than her own family, and is always drinking tea out of a pint pot.
Arthur Crabtree – age 19
Billy's best friend. Arthur works at Shadrack & Duxbury with Billy. When we first see Arthur and Billy together in Act 1, they adopt thick northern accents and engage in buffoonery, imitating their elders.
Barbara – age 17
One of Billy's fiancees. Barbara is prudish, always eating oranges, and harbours dreams of living with Billy in a cottage in Devon, with "little Billy and little Barbara".
Rita – age 17
Rita is 17, is short, but comes across as a "hard lass". She is engaged to Billy, and has a habit of mimicking Billy every time he offers an excuse for her missing engagement ring.
Liz – age 18
Liz is described as a scruffy girl in need of a new skirt, she is nevertheless the one who truly understands Billy, and the only one he really has a genuine interest in. Before her appearance, Billy pretends he doesn't have much interest in her, but it is clear when she appears that he is still smitten with her.