Audition Notice

Posted on June 21, 2023, in: Uncategorized

23rd July at 11am The Wharf Theatre

Happy Jack by John Godber

Audition Information

A two act play which is one of a trilogy, written by John Godber, about mining and the lives of people who do the job of mining.

Performance dates 23rd to 28th October 2023

Synopsis:   Based on John Godber’s Yorkshire grandparents, and other members of his family, Happy Jack is a memory play, which uses reverse chronology to examine the relationship of Jack and Liz. It is a funny, touching, political play capturing the ups and downs of ordinary working class family life – at the coal face, in the pit village and by the fireside. The audience are addressed and then the cast slip into the characters enacting small, detailed extracts from their courtship through to retirement. When we first meet them they are in their 70s.

A cast of 2 – 1 female & 1 male.  As the play jumps around in time the age of the characters just need to work together as a couple.


Jack: a strong, silent miner who is what he is because of the job that he does. Yorkshire accent.

Liz: his effusive wife, she worries about Jack because of the job that he does. Yorkshire accent.

Meet & Greet: End of August/early September. However, there is an expectation that cast will get their scripts, on acceptance of the part, and start to learn lines.

Rehearsals: Two days a week to be arranged in conjunction with cast and other directors.

For more information and a sight of the script contact the director, Lyn Taylor at

or on 07749674284

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