The Nazzie House Girls
by Anne Fothergill

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Based on the novel ‘Memoirs of a Nazareth House Girl’

January 1951, two-year-old Anne Traynor’s world is about to change forever when her mother walks out on her family. She leaves behind her husband, Raphy, son Denis and daughters Elizabeth and Anne. Ten days later Elizabeth and Anne are taken to a convent in Middlesbrough run by the poor sisters of Nazareth.

Nazareth House, where the rules are strict and there is the ever-present threat from the bullies, the nuns and, according to them, even from God. Friendships are formed and there is camaraderie among the girls – and rules are there to be broken. A humorous and illuminating account of Anne’s thirteen years spent in care.

A workshop production of this brand-new play created by Anne Fothergill based on a series of experiences in Nazareth House. Full of warmth, comedy and shared memories.

Middlesbrough Theatre 12th - 14th September 2018.
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THE NAZZIE HOUSE GIRLS...
by Anne Fothergill

Based on the novel ‘Memoirs of a Nazareth House Girl’

INFORMATION:

Rehearsals – 20th – 31st August one or two evenings weekend/weekdays 6pm – 9pm, 3rd – 7th September 10am – 4pm.

Get in 10th – 11th September – Middlesbrough Theatre.
Shows – 12th – 14th with a matinee – Middlesbrough Theatre.

Fee – PROFIT SHARE

Castings will take place in late July.

Character breakdown -

All the girls are around 14 – 15 years old however we wish to cast actors between 18 – 25. Some actors will need to play other smaller parts, so we are happy to see actors of any gender, as long as you fit the character brief.

Jeannie. - Vulnerable but funny (unintentionally) not always afraid to answer back when reprimanded by the nuns. When she was nervous she would stutter.

Anne - would have liked to rebel but she knew when to toe the line. She had been given responsibilities both at home and school which is quite a privilege she thinks. Therefore, she sometimes feels reluctantly that she has to be the voice of reason. But she is also impulsive which is her weakness.

Pam - A little older than the other girls and is allowed outside of the home to visit her widowed father. She is rebellious hates the confines of the Home. She is at an age when she is still under the guardianship of the nuns but couldn’t wait to free herself from them when she reached sixteen.

Carrie - A rebel, lazy, funny. Her best friend at school is Marlene whom she adores and, in her eyes, can do no wrong. She is forever saying Marlene did this, that or the other. Carrie would be teased about her friendship with Marlene whom the girls thought had a bad influence on her.

June - An outsider at first. She’s a new girl who unexpectedly finds herself in Nazareth House when her mother is taken ill. The experience is a real eye opener for her, but she does not expect to be in the Home for too long.

Please note a Middlesbrough accent is important.

Please send head shots, covering letter and CV’s to Laura & David – david@lessismoreproductions.co.uk

About the show

January 1951, two-year-old Anne Traynor’s world is about to change forever when her mother walks out on her family. She leaves behind her husband, Raphy, son Denis and daughters Elizabeth and Anne. Ten days later Elizabeth and Anne are taken to a convent in Middlesbrough run by the poor sisters of Nazareth.

Nazareth House, where the rules are strict and there is the ever-present threat from the bullies, the nuns and, according to them, even from God. Friendships are formed and there is camaraderie among the girls – and rules are there to be broken. A humorous and illuminating account of Anne’s thirteen years spent in care.

A workshop production of this brand-new play created by Anne Fothergill based on a series of experiences in Nazareth House. Full of warmth, comedy and shared memories.