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Saturday 7 November 2020 1:00 pm
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SHAM—by Jess Sayer. Directed by Merrin Cavel.

Stables Theatre
Cnr Arthur St & Main Highway

COVID Audition Protocols
- If you feel unwell or present any COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend the audition and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 24 or contact your GP as well as letting the director know, All people entering the building are to scan the QR code for the government COVID app (if possible) and complete an audition form with contact details,
- Sanitiser is readily available in the audition room,
- Observe good hand hygiene and use the sanitiser provided before using pens,
- Commonly touched surfaces will be wiped down with antiseptic wipes regularly.

The Play
(Comedy/Drama) Meryl lives a quiet life with her daughter Fern, but this evening she seems to be expecting guests she doesn’t want there or for Fern to meet. Ever. Why? Because these guests are Fern's aunt, Neva, and Neva's eccentric lover, Ann. And Fern, until the moment she bursts in on them at dinner, has never known of their existence. It’s time for Meryl and Neva to fess up their secrets.

Contact details
For more information or audition requirements and to book an audition time, please contact Merrin Cavel by email to:

Commence Tuesday 5th January 2021, Tuesdays and Thursday each week from 7:30pm with an option of Sundays at 12:30pm.

Thursday 11th – Saturday 20th March 2021 – 10 performances including 2 matinees

About the playwright
Jess Sayer is an actor and playwright living and working in Auckland. She has won the Playmarket B425 award three times and been shortlisted for the Adam NZ Playwrighting Award twice.

Reviews of Sham
Theatre Scenes
NZ Herald

About the director
Merrin has been involved in community theatre for about 25 years and has lived and worked extensively in the arts all over New Zealand and abroad, both on and off stage. After living out of a suitcase for almost ten years, Merrin has now planted strong roots here in Auckland. She has written and performed a one-woman show ‘Bent Not Broken’, as well as directing for Pitt Street and the Ellerslie One Act Play Festival. Merrin was an intern with the London Globe, Royal Opera House, and Kevin Spacey's 48 hour theatre project at The Old Vic in 2012 & 2013, where she learnt about producing theatre from some of the best in the business in the UK.

Notes from the director
Audition pieces will be sent out prior to audition day as all those auditioning need to be familiar with the dialogue (not memorized). Whole scripts will not be given out, only the audition pieces. There will be a reader in your audition and you may be paired with another auditionee.

Cast Required
The ages are only suggestions and should only be treated as guidelines. If you are outside this age range but feel you are perfect for the role, please contact Merrin Cavel

Merylfemale 50s Mother of Fern and sister of Neva.
Fernfemale 20s Daughter of Meryl. Headstrong young woman.
Neva (Nev-a)female 60 Famous singer. Sister to Meryl and partner to Ann.
Annfemale 50s Loyal partner to Neva for decades. A woman looking for purpose in a bottle.

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