Open Auditions for “Colder Than Here”

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The Exmouth Players present Open Auditions for “Colder Than Here”, a black comedy, by Laura Wade at 7.00pm on 23rd April 2019 at The Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth.

These auditions are open to you all regardless of whether or not you are a member of The Exmouth Players, age and experience.  It does not matter if you have not acted before.  We are here to help wherever we can.  Come along and have some fun and, if it is your first time, gain some experience.  It all helps.

Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying, but in the meantime life goes on.  There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned.  As a mother researches burial spots and biodegradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future.

Director’s Notes

Terminal illness is not an easy subject but the writer of this play takes us down the path, with wit and insight, as one family tries to come to terms with the inevitable. Myra is determined to find a suitable site as her resting place and organise her own funeral.  This four-hander is completed by the daughters who, as in many families are chalk and cheese and, with their father’s own determination to ignore what is really happening (as well as his eventual castigation of the company who seem completely incapable of mending  his boiler) create their own dramas, pathos and amusement for audience enjoyment.  This play can make you laugh out loud as well as bring a tear to the eye.

Wendy Bishop – Director


Myra (age guide – over 50)

Alec (Husband.  Age guide – over 50)

Jenna (Daughter.  Age guide – 20-30’s)

Harriet (Daughter.  Age guide – 20-30’s)

Production Dates & Times:

  • Monday 16th to Friday 20th September 2019 – Evening Performances at 7.30pm; and
  • Saturday 21st September – Matinee Performance (Time TBC).

Please contact us at to register your interest in this read-through, leaving your name and contact details.

If you are unable to attend the read through and/or auditions but wish to be considered, then please contact us at the email address above.

This amateur production of “Colder Than Here” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD (Subject to Licence).


Laura Wade may possibly be best known for “Tipping the Velvet”.  “Colder Than Here, her beautifully poised family drama was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, in 2005, with the following reviews:

“Laura Wade’s play is a 90-minute masterpiece, a jewel, dark but translucent.” – John Peter of the Sunday Times

“Wade’s original and beautifully observed play balances raw emotion with a deliciously delicate black humour.” – Aleks Sierz of The Stage