Audition Description

Out of Order by Ray Cooney

A riotous farce

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 7:30pm

Where:  Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, MAITLAND (opposite Town Hall)

Director:  Robert Comber

Season:  9 performances - 7 to 25 February 2018

8:00pm Wed 7, Fri 9, Sat 10, Fri 16, Sat 17, Fri 23, Sat 24

2:00pm Sun 18, Sun 25

Enquiries: Director Robert Comber, ( or 0417 657 959)

Cast: 6M, 4F

About the Play:

Richard Willey, a Labour Junior Minister, plans, under the cover of an all-night commons sitting, to spend the night in Suite 648 at the four star Westminster Hotel, London, with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition’s junior secretaries. So the seeds are sown (or in Richard’s case, not) for a hilarious Ray Cooney farce which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the year in 1991. Things start to go disastrously wrong early on; when expecting only to handle Jane’s body, Richard (or Dickie as he likes Jane to call him) discovers the ‘body’ of a man trapped in the suite’s unreliable sash window. Desperately trying to get out of what has suddenly become an extremely sticky situation, Richard summons his trusty Parliamentary private secretary, George Pigden, to the Hotel to sort things out.

The Characters (Ages are indicative)

Richard Willey A suave and successful MP. He is a Junior Minister in the Labour Government. With a hands on approach to his work. Playing age around 30-45.

The Manager of the Hotel A severe interfering man with little or no humour who is only concerned for the reputation of his hotel. Playing age 30-60.

The Waiter in the Hotel A nimble and wily old servant with some nice one-liners and facial expressions. Uses the situation to his advantage by obtaining hush money at every opportunity. Playing age 50-60.

The Maid in the hotel A confused woman from somewhere around the Mediterranean. Playing age 20-55.

Jane Worthington An attractive but dizzy young lady, who is one of a pool of secretaries at the House of Commons serving the opposition party and in particular it’s Leader. Playing age 20-35.

A Body A man in a raincoat that gets moved around a lot. Ability to fall an advantage. Playing age 30-60.

George Pigden Parliamentary Private Secretary to Richard Willey MP. He is an upright pleasant man of a nervous disposition, easily confused, and is forced to support his boss in a tangled web of deceit. Playing age 30-45.

Ronnie Worthington Husband to Jane. An angry and fiercely jealous young man. Playing age 20-40.

Pamela Willey An attractive sophisticated woman, wife of Richard. A typical MP’s wife. Playing age around 30-45.

Gladys A bossy but attractive nurse to George’s invalid Mother. Playing age 20-40.

Audition dates

  • 25th Oct – 25th Oct