CADOS presents

‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’

Writer/Director Mark Jones
Producer Rebecca Dickinson
Auditions on Sunday 26th November 2017 – 10am-12pm at Chorley Little Theatre
The Performances
Mon 19-Sat 24 February 2018 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre
The Rehearsals
Tuesdays (8-10pm), Fridays (8-10pm) and Sundays (12-4pm) – full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.
This Play
After solving the mystery of a supernatural Hound in 2013, and killing off Moriarty in 2015, the great detective Sherlock Holmes returns to unravel a dark web of murder, robbery, and bribery that threatens the whole world. We last saw Holmes plunging to his death over the Reichenbach Falls, and now he is back - much to the surprise of Watson. How did he survive?
Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories this witty, vibrant and thrilling production brings the tales bang up-to-date as Sherlock tackles his trickiest cases yet. This is the final play in a trilogy that has won NODA Best Play awards for the first two instalments. The best description of the play is Brecht meets Chekov meets Tarantino!
The Director
This will be Mark’s 13th production for CADOS, following on from ‘Our House’ (2017), ‘Pals’ (2016), ‘The Final Problem’ (2015) ‘Breaking the Code’ (2014); ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2013), ‘Memory of Water’; ‘Oliver Twist’ (both 2011), ‘Blood Brothers’ (2010) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2007), ‘Amadeus’, ‘Half a Sixpence’ (both 2005) and ‘Great Expectations’ (2004).
The Auditions - Interested?
There is no preparation to do before the audition – audition pieces will be handed out on the day.
The Roles – Already cast
The following will be repeating their roles from ‘The Final Problem’:-
Sherlock Holmes – Dave Reid;
John Watson – Danny Almond;
Mrs Hudson – Siobhan Edge.
Other Roles….
Inspector Hopkins (F) Age 30 + Appears in 4 major scenes. Looking for someone who has good dramatic acting skills
Adeline (F) Age 30 + Appears in 4 major scenes.
She looks like Lauren Bacall in ‘To Have and Have not’. She is the victim, turned murderer and is head of ‘The Vindicta Virgins’. A key role – need a good dramatic actress.
The following actors/actresses will play multiple roles. Looking for 2 Males and 2 Females who can create and build different characters, each one different in terms of voice, age and style. Versatility is a key requirement. Ideally (but don’t be put off on this) looking for 1 Male/1 Female 40+ and 1 Male/1 Female 20+. Each male will play 7 characters. Each female will play 3 characters. As a minimum – for the roles below - must be 20+
French Man in a bar 1
French Man in a bar 2
Sebastian Moran.
Detective 3
The Duke of Mackleton
Ruben Hayes
Charles MIlverton
Alex Overton
Lord Brackenstall
Security Guard 1
Security Guard 2
The Foreign Secretary
Simon Milverton
A Bloodied Man
Detective 1
Detective 2
Lady Brackenstall
Vindicta Virgin 1
Vindicta Virgin 2
The Prime Minister
If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the Director – Mark Jones on - 07877 111 248


Star in this year's Panto!

Actors Sunday 17th September - 10am

Dancers: Sunday 24th September - 2pm - see below for details.


Production Dates: Friday 8th - Saturday 16th December 2017


Writer/Directors: Andy Burke & Steven Catterall

Musical Director: Paul Carr

Producer: Ian Robinson

Choreographer: Rebecca Dickinson

Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Joanne Callander


If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! Particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, or wants to be involved in the technical side.


The Show:

The CADOS Pantomime is the biggest show in Chorley and we pride ourselves on delivering a very high standard of production every year. The Panto has been a sell-out for 6 years in a row.


Directors Andy Burke and Steven Catterall previously directed Aladdin in 2015, and have a long history with CADOS, winning NODA awards for their work. They’ve written a panto for all ages in the traditional style, which aims to be about 50-60 minutes each half and is packed full of jokes, slapstick, wordplay, songs and dances.


The Story:

The traditional panto story of Dick Whittington, an orphan who goes to London with his cat to seek his fame and fortune. He falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren but doesn’t have the money to marry her so somehow ends up sailing the high seas with his new friends, including Sarah the Cook and Silly Billy.

This is a fast-paced show, using special effects, lighting and video sequences.


ACTORS - 10am

Cast List - ALL these parts are up for grabs

3 Male

3 Female

4 either Male or Female

All cast to be 16 or over during the performance of the show.


Dick Whittington - (F) Traditional Principal Boy, singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Alice Fitzwarrren - (F) Traditional Principal Girl singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Cat - (M/F) Character part feline in nature possessing of certain celebrity traits, self obsessed, narcissistic , singing.  

King Rat - (M/F) Typical Ratty panto villian, singing

Sarah The Cook (M)(Dame) - Traditional Dame character, singing, audience interaction 

Simple Simon - (M) Cook’s son. Lead comedy role - audience interaction 

Fairy Bow-bells - (F) Inelegant but tries hard trainee fairy 

Alderman/Neptune - (M) Comedy baron role, doubling as King of the Sea

Roe and Dent - (M/F) Comedy duo, good comedy timing and accents 


Audition pieces will be given out at the audition.


Any problems or any more information please feel free to contact Steven Catterall


Anyone who wants to audition for a part with singing marked next to it please bring a back track on C.D to the audition and be prepared to sing. For musical enquiries, contact Paul Carr. We advise picking a track suitable to the nature of the show i.e. fun, uplifting, aspirational.



DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!

DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!

DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition

DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!

DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles

DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance

DON’T assume someone else has it ‘in the bag’ - it comes down to performances on the day and how everyone fits together

DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!

DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance

DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!




Dancers audition

Date: Sunday 24th September

Time: 2pm start (Registration from 1.30pm)


Do you want to be a dancer in this years’ Pantomime?

Then come along to the auditions on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Chorley Little Theatre.


Registration from 1.30pm, starting at 2pm (aiming to be finished by 4.30pm).

If you are aged between 6 and 16, and believe you can act, sing and dance then we would like to see you there. Formal dance training is preferred but not necessary.


Please ensure you are available for all the performance dates and the week prior before auditioning. If you are not available for all dates, you may not be considered.


Please ensure you dress appropriately and bring dance shoes and adequate drinks as you will be dancing throughout the audition period. Parents / Guardian must remain with any child under the age of 16 throughout the audition day.


For any further information please contact Rebecca Dickinson, Choreographer, on 07521 977707 or state your interest through our Facebook event!


This year's Pantomime is sponsored by Adactus Housing.



AUDITION NOTICE (Not including the part of Little Voice) 

‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ by Jim Cartwright 


Directed by Robert Walsh

Produced by Rachel Offord


Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September

Date and time of audition – Sunday 14th May, 10am – 1pm


The play 

Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. Berated by her mother, Little Voice hides in her room locked away with her father’s old record collection. She comforts herself with perfect imitations of the likes of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. It is only when she is ‘discovered’ by the washed up talent agent Ray Say that she is manipulated to perform for an admiring audience, which starts the downward spiral of an innocent girl. Funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!

The audition process

Extracts of the play are provided so no preparation is needed for the day. Just turn up and give it your best!


The Parts

The part of Little Voice has already been cast, with the exceptionally talented Eleanor Anderton taking on the role. Detailed below are the parts you can audition for:




Playing age


Mari Hoff


Late 30s – 50s

Arguably the lead acting role in the play. Mari is a chain smoking, alcoholic, bubbly woman. She is past her prime and completely un-hinged. Strong performer needed with the ability to play a serious and strong comedic role.

Ray Say


40s – 50s

Main role. Ray Say is a small town celebrity. He has the swagger and confidence that attracts those who can’t see he’s a waste of space. Strong performer needed with the ability to play a serious and comedic role.



30 +

Supporting role. Mari’s neighbour. An unintelligent woman who is very loyal to Mari despite her stating that she is “too fat to be my friend.” Comedic role. 



18 – early 20s

Supporting role. Hopelessly shy young man. Can only be himself around LV. Subtle, sincere performance needed.   

Mr Boo/

Phone Man


30 +

Supporting roles. Mr Boo is the talentless but enthusiastic owner/MC of a classic northern club. Phone Man is your typical working bloke. Versatile actor needed to play both roles.


There will be a read through shortly after the audition, the date of which will be organised with the availability of the successful auditionees. Rehearsals will commence after Our House has finished its run (12th-17th June). A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the initial read through.  


I already have a fantastic young performer for the title role, now I need a full cast of talented actors to make this an exceptional production!


For more information, contact Robert Walsh on:

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AUDITION NOTICE: “Seasons Greetings” by Alan Ayckbourn.

Production Dates October 23rd to 28th at Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane CHORLEY.

Director, Kath Ashworth,   Producer, Barry Ashworth,    SM, Siobhan Edge   ASM, Ceire Edge, 

Audition Dates  Sunday JULY 23rd  10am to 1pm

Audition pieces on the day but if you have a copy of the play contact me for page numbers Contact no 01204 699156 0r 07765365023 or 07430367005.

Rehearsal nights  WED, FRI, LATER SUN.  when cast rehearsals nights can be adapted

Cast Profiles:

Neville Bunker……30s t0 40s. More interested in tinkering with electronics than thinking about his family. Not aware that is wife is not happy.

Belinda Bunker….30 to 40s Attractive bored house wife, feels neglected.

Harvey…..60 to 70 age is definite. Robust pensioner uncle to the Bunkers. Enjoys action films and TV with aggression. Can be blunt and outspoken.

Phyllis… age 30 Plus age flexible but no younger than 30. Neville’s sister. She has a problem with alcohol and it goes on throughout the play. Well-meaning but a liability.

Bernard ….age 30plus flexible. Quiet nervous man a doctor. Long suffering husband of Phyllis who is cares for all the time, well-meaning but boring.

Eddie…. former work colleague of Neville. Age 30 plus. A great fan of Neville also neglecting his family. Tries to emulate Neville.

Pattie ….age late 20s plus. Heavily pregnant long suffering wife of Eddie also feels   neglected a bit whiny.

Rachel…. Age 30 plus older plainer sister of Belinda, a spinster and bookish.

Clive…. Age late 20s to 40. Younger than most of the cast, an author shy and reserved and a little out of his depth. He has been invited by Rachel who has a romantic interest in him which he is not really aware off.

Most ages have some flexibility except for Harvey. The characters are middle class in some ways but they are settled in their family life with their 2-4 children. No particular accents own voices 


The Bunkers always have the Christmas celebrations at their home and this year is no exception. The usual people are there including Bernard’s usual unwanted puppet show. It is a middleclass house hold with all the trimmings, but with some unfulfilled women, oblivious men and children who are never seen or heard but talked about and spoken to during the play. The three days of this Christmas are changed when a good looking interesting young man is invited by Rachel. Some of the ladies in the house have a very different emotionalf three day Christmas celebration this year, thanks to the appearance of Clive. 


Any questions contact Kath or Barry 01204 699156  We could also do with a prompt willing to attend most rehearsals and the week of the show.

(Auditions for the rest of the cast will take place in a month or so)


'The Rise And Fall of Little Voice' by Jim Cartwright 

Directed by Robert Walsh

Produced by Rachel Offord


Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September


Date and time of audition – Sunday 9th April from 10am onwards at Chorley Little Theatre


The play


Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. It is funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!


The Part

LV – Female, playing age of late teens to early twenties (you must be 16 or over to audition)

Despite being so shy and hardly ever leaving her bedroom, she can sing exactly like the big divas in her record collection. So the person playing Little Voice needs to be able to do that!


The audition process



Everyone auditioning will be asked to sing three songs from the following options:

  • Song one: ‘Goldfinger’ or ‘Big Spender’ in the style of Shirley Bassey
  • Song Two: ‘The Man That Got Away’ or ‘Get Happy’ in the style of Judy Garland
  • Song three: ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ or ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe


If there are a lot of people at the audition then you won’t sing the entirety of each song. If you are asked to stop before the end don’t worry! It is not a reflection of your performance. You can choose to sing with or without a backing track. If you want a backing track, please come prepared with a backing track WITHOUT VOCALS! We want to hear your voice and your voice only. If there are a lot of people at the audition then not everyone will go through to the second stage.




Stage two will include:

  • Reading of a short scene from the play.
  • Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in the style of Judy Garland without backing track.

No matter how good the rest of the play is, if LV does not sound like Shirley Bassey/Judy Garland/Marilyn Monroe/a selection of other divas, the play does not work!


However if you:

  • Don’t sound exactly like those people YET but think that you could.
  • Haven’t tried impersonations before but have a great singing voice.
  • Fancy auditioning for a bit of fun!


Then please come down and have a go! 

For more information, contact Robert Walsh on: 

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