3 or 4 boys are wanted to play JACK in our production of Husbands & Sons in February & March 2016

DH Lawrence’s trilogy of mining dramas; The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd have been adapted by Ben Power and conflated into a single play. A co-production between the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, it has now opened in London at the NT Dorfman. The play interweaves the stories of the Holroyds, the Gascoignes and the Lamberts in their mining community in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. It will transfer to the Royal Exchange Theatre in February 2016 and we are looking to cast the role of 8 year old JACK with a rota of either 3 or 4 child actors from the Manchester area.

There will be various rehearsal days from Friday 5th February onwards.. The busy technical rehearsal & previews week (beg.15th Feb) falls conveniently in half term. First preview performance is Friday 19th Feb. Press night Tues 23rd Feb. It’s a 4 week run. 8 shows per week. Matinees on Thurs & Sats. (midweek matinees require authorised absence from school) Final performance Sat 19th March 2016. Boys would perform 2 or 3 times per week.

We will audition boys here at the Royal Exchange during the week beginning 30th November. There will be both a first round and then selected recalls. (It’s possible that some of these auditions may require a short authorised absence from school - more details on that to be confirmed) We may film sections of recall auditions purely for internal casting purposes. This footage will be deleted after use and we will ask for your written consent first. role details: JACK (male actor aged 7 – 11yrs)

JACK has around 35-40 spoken lines. We therefore need confident young performers with some spoken word stage experience. Of course an East Midlands accent (Nottingham/Derby) is ideal but a non-urban Manchester or Lancashire will be acceptable. He is scripted as 8 years old. Boys of 9, 10 or 11 MUST look and feel young for their age. IMPORTANT - suggestions of all ethnicities are positively encouraged. Boys MUST live within easy commuting distance of central Manchester.

Jack is the son of Lizzie & Charles Holroyd in a working class miners’ community. He’s resentful of his father who drinks and brings other women home from the pub, neglecting his family. He yearns for a father figure which he sees in Lizzie's friend and admirer, an electrician called Mr. Blackmore.

We pay child performers a fee per session (rehearsal and performance) plus reasonable travel costs for parents to and from the theatre. All child performers at the Royal Exchange are properly licensed and will be in the care of registered & licensed professional chaperones.

If you are the parent, teacher, drama tutor of a boy who would like to be considered for audition, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

1. Boy’s Name
2. A recent photograph - Headshot Preferably
3. Name of parent or carer
4. Boy’s height
5. Date of Birth
6. Address & Postcode, phone number and email address
7. Details of experience (school, drama clubs etc…)

This will be a selective process (as with professional adult casting) so we will be in touch by Weds 25th November if we’d like to arrange an audition.

Many thanks, Jerry Knight-Smith | Casting Director