Play Festival Casting Call!

There will be a casting read-through of the four short plays chosen for our July Festival, on Sunday 10 April, at 5pm, at the theatre. This is a rare opportunity to get involved in something exciting and different.

The plays have made it through to the Festival, as finalists in our Play Write! 2020, new writing competition. They are all half an hour or less, original writing, and never previously published or performed. The plays are: Terminal 1, by Dave Payne, Happiness is a Journey, by John Hill, Lightning Once, by Martin Pursey, and Angle of Drift, by Jonathan Skinner.

We will be reading each of the four plays at this initial read-through, which will give people a chance to listen to them for the first time, to see which parts are suitable and which they might want to play. Individual directors may call further auditions, if required.

We are looking for 4 men and 6 women to play the following (ages may be flexible):


Patrick, 50s

Sebastian, late 20s-40s

Ken, 35-50

George, 60s


Ellie, 19

Fran, late 20s-40s

Waitress, 35-60s

Catherine, mid-late 20s

Lynda, 60s

Charlene, 20s-30s (doubling with waitress?)

The directors are Sharon Kelly, Jenny Gore, Katrina Heath and Vaughan Leslie. All four have considerable experience of acting and directing, and three of them directed plays at the previous Festival, in 2018 (see attached images).

The Festival, which has been postponed twice, will now take place, over three nights, from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 July 2022. The programme will feature all four short plays, making for a varied evening’s entertainment.  The audience will be invited to participate by voting for their favourite play each night. The Judges’ Prize, for the overall winner of Play Write! 2020, will be announced on Saturday night, and a trophy will be awarded.

The plays included in the Festival, were chosen by a panel of Little Theatre readers. The overall winner was selected by three theatre professionals, based in Hebden Bridge: Paul Coates, Chris Reason and Eileen O’Brien.

For more information, contact Vaughan Leslie:

We welcome new members

New membership is the lifeblood of any theatre, which is why Hebden Bridge Little Theatre holds OPEN CASTINGS at the read-throughs for all of our plays. Read-throughs are a great way of getting to know the theatre. They're fun and informal, because we know it can take a lot of nerve to join a new group of people.
It's also a great way of dipping your toe in the water, and try out a bit of acting to see if you enjoy it. Maybe you want to work back stage or front-of-house, but whatever the reason, it's how most of our members started.

So why not drop in and give it a try? And if you're an old hand, why not get back into the habit?

Simply come to the theatre on the date above, pick up a Membership Application form at the theatre, or email our Membership Secretary, Laura Patterson, at, enclosing your name, address and telephone number. We'd like to see you!