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Napier Repertory Players' Auditions: The Ghost Train

Napier Repertory Players' Auditions: The Ghost Train

Napier Repertory Players' 2018 Art Deco Weekend production is a comedy/thriller called "The Ghost Train" written by Arnold Ridley and directed by Robert Hickey.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, 19th November at 2pm at the Little Theatre, 76 McGrath Street, Napier.

Having been delayed by an unnecessary emergency stop, six train passengers arrive at a remote Cornish railway station on a dark and stormy night. No further trains are available until the morning and so, despite the curmudgeonly station master’s warning of a Ghost Train that comes a-shrieking down the line, the six decide to stick it out for the night.

They’re joined by three locals, one of whom insists that the legend of the Ghost Train is quite true. She is, however, clearly quite mad… Or is she?

One of the passengers, an annoying fop with an unfortunate sense of humour, turns out to be something quite different, as do the three locals and the Ghost Train itself.

Cast required:
Teddie Deakin: Male, 30ish – A silly arse of a chap in the style of Bertie Wooster. Attempts to jolly everyone along but ends up irritating everyone. He’s not all he seems to be… Possibly a light cockney accent.

Richard Winthrop: Male, 30ish – Level headed, practical, a natural leader. His marriage is on the rocks but he wants to save it if only for the sake of keeping up appearances. RP accent.

Elsie Winthrop: Female, 30ish – Something of an ice-maiden. Insists that she’s not scared by the events of the evening but is secretly terrified. RP accent.

Saul Hodgkin: Male, ancient – The curmudgeonly station master. Possibly played by a female actor who’ll double as Julia Price. Extreme Cornish accent (think “Ooh, ahr, Jim lad” pirate style…)

Charles Murdock: Male, 25ish – Pleasant, a peace-maker, but not a wimp. Newly married. RP accent.

Peggy Murdock: Female, 25ish – Pleasant, a peace-maker, but not a wimp. Newly married (sound familiar??) RP accent.

Miss Bourne: Female, 60ish – A prudish spinster, rather fond of her pet parrot. Possibly played by a male actor who will double as Herbert Price. Clipped RP accent.

Julia Price: Female, 30ish – Glamorous but mentally derailed… or is she? Possibly doubles as Saul Hodgkin. RP accent.

Herbert Price: Male, 30ish - Julia’s brother… or is he? Uptight, tense. RP accent. Possibly doubles as Miss Bourne.

Doctor John Sterling: Male, 50ish – A sensible, down-to-earth medical doctor who’s in charge of Julia’s wellbeing… or is he? RP accent.

Jackson: Male, 40ish – A cop in a suit. Small role with enormous potential for character development… or is it?

For more information, please contact Robert on (022) 638-9010 or email:

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Sunday 19 November, 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Restrictions: All Ages



Napier Little Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
76 McGrath St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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