by Brooke Robinson


“I know how you feel about praline, but not your son.”

In the small regional NSW town of Dorewick, community is all about groups: the life-drawing class, the Spanish class, the weekly meeting of the Quakers (not known for its sparkling conversation).

And then there’s Toni’s and Jane’s group – set up to support mothers who’ve lost children to suicide. They meet weekly above the local pub, to share their experiences and a rotating selection of chocolate.

But numbers are falling, and Toni has resorted to subterfuge to boost membership: she’s started promoting the group as a meet-up for childless women over thirty. When prospective new member Eliza arrives, she soon finds herself trapped in a lie, inventing a dead daughter to fit in. However, the truth comes out, and the group implodes in a storm of resentment and recriminations.

It takes a freak accident for the women to band together to overcome their differences and find the purpose and friendship they’ve sought all along.

This warm, moving, gently funny new Australian play balances darkness and truth to present a very honest portrayal of community and healing. 

Director Emma Whitehead

24 to 29 Jan 22

Rehearsals will start the week commencing Mon 7 Nov 2021 with a combination of weekend days, week evenings and possibly weekdays. Exact times and dates tbc, subject to cast availability.

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from female-identifying actors, 50 – 60 years old, for the following role:

Caroline: Caroline is a new member of Toni and Jane’s group and is very recently bereaved, fragile and impressionable.

The initial round of auditions will be done using self-tape. Call-back auditions will be held at the theatre in person, date/time tbc. If you prefer to audition in person, please email the Director at to arrange. 

Your filmed audition should include:
• An introduction to yourself including your name (max 30 secs).
• Your audition piece: monologues from the play for Caroline are available to download here

Once you have captured your audition, upload it as either a private and password-protected Vimeo or a YouTube video using the password ‘Chocolate2021’ and email the link with the below information to

In your email, please:
• include an up-to-date headshot and cv
• indicate which role/roles you are interested in
• indicate if you are currently a New Theatre member

It is essential that you read the script before submitting an Expression of Interest. There is a perusal copy of the script available for viewing here.

Self-tape submissions close Thu 4 Nov 2021, 5pm

You will only be contacted if we wish to see you for a call-back. If you are not successful in securing a call-back audition, no feedback will be given, but we greatly appreciate your time and thank you for your interest.


  • New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.
  • You must be fully vaccinated to attend auditions at New Theatre.
  • Masks are mandatory and must be worn while not on stage. 

Emma studied Theatre and Performance in the UK, where she specialised in devised performance, site-specific work, found text, and movement. She also completed a Master’s degree in International Cultural Policy and Management. Favourite previous work includes: Movement Director of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco; Creative Producer of Wonderland, a devised immersive promenade production; Producer / Stage Manager of a site-specific production of Far Away by Caryl Churchill; Choreographer of Disruptor, a devised street theatre piece for Warwick Arts Centre to promote DV8’s To Be Straight With You UK tour. Since arriving in Sydney in 2019, Emma has worked on script-based performance, including three shows at the Genesian Theatre in Director and Assistant Director roles. She refreshed her training at NIDA, AFTRS, and Force Majeure’s INCITE Masterclass, and is working on a multi-disciplinary site-specific show for 2022.