Play As Cast – Not Typecast

Michelle Magorian plays a "down and out" in Mayor Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

‘Play as cast’ were the words written on a long term acting contract with a repertory theatre company. I was not only fortunate enough to have been offered these contracts but my work was mostly in theatres that were three and a half weekly rep.

For six days a week these companies would have three weeks to rehearse a new play or musical followed by the technical and dress rehearsals, while giving six evening performances and two matinees of the preceding production. Each month we would be given the cast list for the following play/musical and would be expected to play whatever was thrown at us. Occasionally I was cast as more than one character in the same piece.

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Back Home Audio Book Released

We are delighted to announce that a new audio version of Back Home has just been released by Puffin Books narrated by the author Michelle Magorian.

“Several people had asked me if there was an audio version of Back Home. Noticing that Penguin Random books were issuing past BBC Radio 4 plays I asked someone at Puffin books if Penguin Random books might be interested in approaching the BBC with a view to selling the four-part dramatisation of Back Home written for radio 4 by Martin Jameson. Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible but, to my surprise, I was asked to do a recorded reading of it. (more…)

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