The Warehouse Theatre

Our auditions are open to anyone to attend but if successful in being cast you will be expected to join IES in order to perform on the Warehouse Theatre stage.
Dangerous Corner 24th to 27th April 2019
By J B Priestly and directed by Irene Glynn


There are two read-throughs on the 15th and 17th January and two audition dates on the 22nd and 24th January.  Here are some background notes for you to read in advance and I  look forward to seeing as many people there as possible
Irene Glynn (Director)

Brief Plot Outline
Dangerous Corner is a 1932 play by British writer J.B. Priestley, it is set in a 1930’s drawing room about a dinner party attended by the directors of a publishing firm and their wives. Pretty soon the audience learns that one of the directors, Martin, recently committed suicide, and was suspected of embezzling money from the company. A few moments later, one of the guests, Olwen, makes an offhand remark about recognising a cigarette box-a cigarette box that she shouldn’t have any memory of, because it was originally Martin’s, and it was mailed to him the day he died. Olwen’s remark is like a single loose thread in a sweater, and once Robert, one of the directors and the brother of Martin, pulls at it, the sweater begins to unravel, spooling out a series of interconnected secrets that every last character has been hiding, all wrapped up in the death of Martin and the embezzled money. In the final act of the play, Robert, in a drunken craze, retrieves a revolver, the lights go down on the stage, and we hear a shot and a woman’s scream. When the lights come up the action continues with an unexpected twist to the plot.
Priestley presents time in a very concrete, mechanical way, as a series of events with causes and effects, and with specific choices directly affecting the chain of events.The characters are constantly trying to figure out who is to blame for Martin’s death-who is the person at the root of all of it?-and with each secret revealed, the blame shifts, and the timeline that the characters are constructing reorganises itself to place a different person as the catalyst for all the events.

4 female 3 male. All in Period Costume

Freda Caplan: Late 20’s or early 30’s, rather tall and fair. She is very smart and self-possessed, superficially rather hard, but capable of showing signs of deep emotion.

Miss Mockridge: between 45 & 50, is a heavy sophisticated woman, well dressed. She has an authoritative manner and a speculative eye.

Betty Whitehouse: in her early 20’s, is very pretty, preferraby rather small and a decided blonde. She should be dressed to emphasise her youthfulness. Petulant, kittenish, in lighter scenes and shrill and hysterical in the emotional passages.

Olwen Peel: About the same age as Freda (20’s/30’s), dark hair, not so smart as Freda but quite trim. She has a pleasant open manner, but is just a trifle aloof.

Charles Stanton: about 40, dark hair with a small moustache. He has a deep voice and a manner that is rather harsh and authoritative. Wearing a dinner jacket.

Gordon Whitehouse: about 24 or 25, fairly tall, slight and good looking. He has an indolent, graceful, Oxfordish manner in lighter scenes, but with frequent suggestions of underlying hysteria. Wearing a dinner jacket.

Robert Caplan: between 30 - 35, of medium height and build, clean shaven with a pleasant smile. He must be able to suggest honest bewilderment without seeming too stupid. He wears a well cut dinner jacket.

NB: These are notes from the script - but of course, I will exercise discretion  regarding ages and hair colour and be casting people who I believe would be able to play the part - in other words, this is NOT set in stone just a guideline from the playwright himself!!