Ladies in Retirement

A Period Mystery-Thriller by Edward Percy and Reginald Denham

Director:  Martin Gibbs 0411.645.003 &

Audition Dates:  Sunday 20 March 2022 at 2pm and Tuesday 22 March 2022 at 7.30pm.

Audition Venue:  Unit 8/417-419 Warrigal Road, Cheltenham (opposite Hungry Jack’s)

Season Dates:  17, 18, 19*, 23, 24, 25**, 26*, 30 June, 1, 2 July 2022

Evenings at 8.00pm

*Matinees at 2.30pm

**Matinee at 2.30 pm and Evening at 8 pm

Season Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkers Rd, Parkdale

Auditions are by appointment.  Please call the director to arrange a time.



Set in an isolated cottage on the Thames Estuary in 1885, a former showgirl/actress, Miss Fiske, and her long-time companion and housemate, Ellen, become involved in competing schemes that grow more sinister after the arrival at their home of Ellen’s two sisters. A surprise turn of events will keep you glued to the unfolding story that has been described as one of the best stage thrillers of its time.

First staged in 1939 as England was starting WW2, London was in a blackout, and most theatres were closed. It was an enormous hit, running for a total of 301 performances.

A veteran of nearly 50 productions, some of our director, Martin Gibbs’s previous productions at Mordialloc include GASLIGHT, THE ENTERTAINER, THE COLLECTOR, THE SHOEHORN SONATA, VISITING MR. GREEN, ALBERT NOBBS and MR. BAILEY’S MINDER.



Lucy Gilham, maid – 20’s to early 30’s – medium role.

Pretty, flighty, easily led.

Leonora Fisk, cottage owner – probably 60’s to 70’s – large role but only required in Act 1.

Retired ex-showgirl/actress. Theatrical in manner, good hearted with a quick wit and rather quick temper. 

Ellen Creed – house-keeper/companion – mid 50’s to mid 60’s – major role.

Stern and striking in manner with considerable dignity. Protective.

Albert Feather, Ellen’s nephew – early 20’s to mid 30’s medium role.

Dodgy, cocky, jaunty and impudent, but lazy – popular with the ladies.

Louisa Creed, elder sister of Ellen and Emily – late 60’s to late 70’s – medium role.

Simple like a child, fluttering and fretful but at times decidedly comical.


The roles of Emily Creed and Sister Theresa have been cast already as carry over roles from our cancelled 2021 production.  

The above ages and descriptions are a guide only. We are looking for actors who look right, and who can play the ages stated and not necessarily be that age. Appropriate English accents are required.

It is necessary that you are familiar with the play when you come to the auditions.

Copies of the script can be obtained by phoning or emailing the director.

Rehearsals are two nights a week and Sundays at times to be decided and will commence on April 24 2022 TBC.

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