Go Back for Murder

Go Back for Murder

AUDITIONS: July 16 and 17, 2018

Audition Notes
Auditions will consist of cold reads from partial scenes of the play (not available before auditions).

Auditions will begin promptly at 7:00PM each night (Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17). The registration table will close at 7:30PM. It is highly recommended to complete the Audition Form and Conflict Calendar found at the end of the audition notice before arriving.

Please list all actual and all possible conflicts. Emergencies are one thing, “surprises” are quite another.

Go Back for Murder is based on Agatha Christie’s novel Five Little Pigs (American title, Murder in Retrospect). In the play, Hercule Poirot is “replaced” by Justin.

The ages listed are the ages of the characters in both the mid-1960s and early 1950s (as necessary). We will be following the playwright’s intent regarding age. However, slight changes can be made depending on those who are cast.

For audition purposes, please don’t worry about British and Canadian accents. However, if you want to try out an accent, feel free.

Caroline Crale and Carla Le Marchant will be played by the same actress, just as Dame Christie intended.

Turnball and Jeff Rogers only appear in Act One. These are great roles for men who might only want a small on-stage role. Also, these actors will be called upon to help make scene changes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail the director, Jeff Bartos, at jeffb1965@yahoo.com.

Click on the buttons below to download the forms.

Audition Form Conflict Calendar

PRODUCTION DATES: September 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30, 2018

Produced in Cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

The Show

After receiving a letter from beyond the grave, Carla Crale believes her mother, who died in prison, was wrongly convicted of her father’s murder. In a passionate attempt to clear her name, she persuades those present on the day of her father’s death to return to the scene of the crime and ‘go back’ 15 years to recount their version of events.

The Crew

Director Jeff Bartos


Justin Fogg (30s) is a solicitor (lawyer) and replaces Hercule Poirot in Christie’s original novel. He is nothing like Poirot, however, as Justin is described as “sober, staid, but likable.”

Turnball (possible 60s or older) is Justin’s clerk. He is devoted to Justin and very kind to Carla.

Carla Le Marchant (21) is very pretty and determined. She is hell-bent for shoe leather to prove her mother’s innocence in her father’s death. (Carla and Caroline are played by the same actress).

The same actress will play Caroline Crale (25), her mother. Caroline may have a deeper tone to her voice than her daughter, and her manner is more impulsive and intense.

Jeff Rogers (30s) is a “big, slick, self-satisfied man.” He is good looking and he knows it. Jeff doesn’t care about other people’s feelings.

Philip Blake (early 50s/mid-30s) is “self-important, with traces of nervous irritability.” He is very sure of himself, almost to the point of being loathsome.

Meredith Blake (late 50s/early 40s) is Philip’s brother (don’t let the name fool you). He is pleasant in a “rather vague” way. He gives the impression of being uncertain, even timid at times…in some ways.

Lady Elsa (Greer) Melksham (mid-30s/19) is “beautiful, very made-up,” and extremely smart. When we go back to Alderbury, we see a very sarcastic and catty Elsa, especially in her dealings with Caroline.

Miss Williams (60s/ mid-40s) is intelligent, almost teacher-like, with very clear enunciation. Not only is she intelligent, but she possess more than her fair share of common sense.

Angela Warren (30/14) is Caroline’s half-sister. Currently she is distinguished and well-dressed in a mannish sort of way. Earlier she was a typical, impetuous 14 year-old tom boy. She has a “not-too-noticeable scar on her left cheek.”

Amyas Crale (mid- to late 30s) is “a big handsome, man.” He is an artist of some repute. Amyas is also a ladies man of some repute.

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