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Open auditions via Zoom

Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th July 2020


A fast-moving comedic re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic film, set in 1968 and presented live ‘in black and white’

Following our fantastic play reading, we plan to read-through online and possibly even rehearse from 15th August onwards, details TBC, and present this show at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, 22-24 October 2020 for Halloween – however, this is dependent on various factors and may change.


Rural Pennsylvania. Late 1960s.


Ben, M 18-55 – the de facto lead part requires a BAME actor
Barbra, F 18-40
Tom, M 18-30
Judy, F 18-35
Harry, M 30-60
Helen, F 30-60
Chief McClelland – M / F, 30+
Vince – M / F, 18-40

+ Karen – F, 18-25

Other speaking parts:
Johnny, Reporter, General, Scientist, Bill, Radio announcer, TV announcer – all M / F, any ages – double as zombies.
+ At least four zombies
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If you are not currently an SUP member, please let us know if you plan to audition: email Kerrie, SUP Secretary at

SUP holds open auditions. If cast and not already a member, society rules and our insurance mean that you must become a paid member immediately.



Night of the Living Dead™ Live is a fast-moving hilarious re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic horror thriller. Back in 1968, Night of the Living Dead™ was made at a time of incredible social and political upheaval, and its themes remain as relevant as ever.

In particular, it brings race politics and gender identity to the fore as a cross-section of ‘typical’ Americans are trapped together in lockdown in a remote farmhouse, facing hordes of infected zombies. As the nation collapses, who will survive the night? More than a re-creation of the story, the play celebrates the history and continuing influence of the movie.


Held with our director Tim Prentki via Zoom

– Tuesday 14th July 2020, 19:30-21:40

– Thursday 16th July 2020, 19:30-21:40

20-minute slots will be allocated.

You will be sent an audition form in advance that you will be expected to complete and return before your audition. Zoom details will be sent to you after we receive your audition form.

AUDITION FORMAT: please prepare a monologue lasting no more than two minutes, spoken by a character from any play with whom you identify strongly OR a monologue from a character to whom you feel strong antipathy.

INTERESTED? Email Kerrie, SUP Secretary –

TECH CREW – MARKETING – PRODUCTION… HELP NEEDED Please get in touch if you are interested and available to help out in any way with tech, marketing or production! Email



Barbra – traditional and keeping it together at forst but as the events unfold, digresses into a child-like state – F

Ben – BAME, ‘leading man’ type, heroic and outspoken. Protective of Barbra – M

Tom – young-ish man, handsome, bright-eyed. Judy’s boyfriend – M

Judy – young-ish woman, Tom’s girldriend. ‘Girl next door’ type.

Helen – a little older, perhaps middle-aged. Dry, world-weary homemaker. Umanused wife of Harry, mother of Karen – F

Harry – around the same age as Helen; working class, curmudgeonly. Weaselly and antagonistic. Helen’s husband and Karen’s father – M

Chief McClelland – older/middle-aged small-town sheriff. Folksy and pragmatic – M / F

Vince – Chief McClelland’s young deputy, local volunteer. A little idealistic. Obedient to the Chief.

Karen – nine-year-old daughter of Harry and Helen.

IMPORTANT: we usually rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Audition forms includes a box to indicate dates when you are NOT available. By signing the form, you are agreeing to attend all rehearsal dates when called, barring unforeseen circumstances – with the schedule agreed with the director – and in particular to be available for the tech and dress rehearsals.

It is uncertain what will happen regarding guidelines for social distancing, the availability and practicalities of audition and rehearsal spaces, if venues will be reopen by October, and if audiences will return.

However, we have decided this will be our next production – we are just not 100% sure when that will be… We had provisionally booked Hanger Farm Arts Centre for Thu 22nd to Sat 24th October, so watch this space


SUP member Tim Prentki is Emeritus Professor of Theatre for Development at the University of Winchester where, for many years, he directed the MA in Theatre and Media as Development.

He is the author of The Fool in European Theatre and Applied Theatre: Development. He is currently co-editing The Companion to Applied Performance and the second edition of The Applied Theatre Reader, both for Routledge. He is also a playwright and has recently written three plays for the One Hour Theatre Company at Edge Hill University, using Shakespearean motifs to spark debate around contemporary issues:Half Measures; Lear in Brexitland; Empires’ Edge. He has also recently completed Henry VII.

He has directed many student productions ranging from Shakespeare to modern work and draws particular inspiration from the practice and theory of Brecht.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to direct Night of the Living Dead Live for SUP. He intends to create a fast-moving, immersive performance style, based on a combination of ensemble-playing and multimedia effects in order to highlight the affectionately satirical approach of the original film. Given the contemporary situation, there is also the possibility to add an allegorical layer of meaning around responses to the pandemic.