“The awful thing is that we’re still running away”

David Scott-Fowler is a would-be historian, suffering writer’s block and mired in an alcoholic haze, his self-destructive lifestyle ruining his marriage.

When he falls into a relationship with his cousin’s girlfriend Helen, an idealist who is determined to ‘save’ him, events take on a tragic turn.

A searing study of a lost generation, Rattigan’s play, written in 1939, investigates the young people who survived World War One, lived life to the full in the hedonistic 1920s, only to find themselves in middle-age, disillusioned and on the brink of another war.

“One of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century” The Guardian

Director Giles Gartrell-Mills
Set Designer John Cervenka
Costume Designer Brodie Simpson
Sound Designer Liam Kemp

8 August – 9 September

Previews Tue 6 and Wed 7 August 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance: Sat 9 September 2pm

Rehearsals will commence the week of 21 June.

Rehearsals will be held on weekday evenings and during the day on weekends. Weekday rehearsals are possible depending on availability.

Please note: RP accents will be required at audition.

David Scott-Fowler
Mid/Late 30s. Charming, intelligent and aloof with all the trappings of old money. Married to Joan and dictating his novel to his young cousin Peter.

Peter Scott-Fowler
20s. Idealistic and in love. A young man of some privilege keen to make his own way in the world through hard work.

Joan Scott-Fowler
30s. Classy, fun-loving and equally at home in a dressing gown as she is in a cocktail dress.

John Reid
Mid/Late 30s. David’s best friend and house guest who spends most of his time holding court from a prostrate position on the sofa.

Helen Banner
20s. A beautiful young soul. Helen cares deeply about everyone around her. Peter’s girlfriend.

Any age. The Scott-Fowlers servant who sees everything and says little.

Dr George Banner
20s. Helen’s brother. An Oxford educated medical doctor.

Julia Browne
30s. Untidy dress and comparatively dishevelled appearance. A personality that is the exact opposite to that.

Cyril Carter
20s. Well dressed and good looking young socialite on Julia’s arm.

Moya Lexington
30s. A London socialite who likes grand overseas adventures.

Lawrence Walters
30s. Moya’s boyfriend, who can’t help but get a rise out of her.

Arthur Power
30s. A glib socialite turned business owner who talks down parties yet still attends them.

Miss Potter
40s. A severe woman who prefers knitting to books.

Monday 5 June 12.30pm – 8pm
Tuesday 6 June 3pm – 8pm
Monday 12 June 12noon – 8pm

It is essential that you read the play before submitting an Expression of Interest. To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact

Email your EOI to with AUDITION in the subject line

Please include:

  • a current headshot and resume
  • the role/s you are interested in
  • your preferred audition date/time (no guarantees, but we will try to accommodate you)
  • state if you are a current New Theatre member

New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.

Giles graduated from The Oxford School of Drama and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. After graduating he moved to London where he also worked as an actor. Giles directed The Dark and Cavernous Walls (Barons Court Theatre London) and in 2009, he became resident director at the Union Theatre in London, where he directed Caligula, Jekyll and Hyde and It’s Behind You!! and was assistant director on Spring Awakening and Sweeney Todd. Giles’s first play Pallbearings was produced at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. In Australia, he has directed Sweeney Todd (New Theatre), the Australian premiere of Where Do Little Birds Go? (Old Fitz Theatre) and An Unseasonable Fall of Snow (Actors Pulse).