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Open auditions announced to find leading role in national tour of Twopence To Cross The Mersey

OPEN auditions are to be held to find a talented young actor for a brand-new stage adaptation of Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey. 

The show, featuring a cast of nine, will visit 15 theatres across the UK when it takes to the road between September and November later this year.

Twopence To Cross The Mersey UK premiere tour will open on Tuesday 6 September 2022 at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, and then go on to tour a further 14 venues nationwide through to mid-November.

The tour will also visit venues in Rhyl, Stockport, Crewe, St Helens, Blackpool, Warrington, Darlington, Halifax, Croydon, Coventry, Lichfield, Bolton, and Southport, before closing in Liverpool.

About the show

In 1931, Helen’s spendthrift father was declared bankrupt forcing the family to leave behind the nannies, servants, and beautiful middle-class home in the gentler Southwest of England. With nothing more than the clothes they stood up in, the family of nine took the train to Liverpool where they hoped to rebuild their shattered lives. It came as a terrible shock to find the thriving, wealthy port Helen’s father remembered as a boy, the place his own father made his fortune, had long since gone.

While 12-year-old Helen’s inept parents searched unsuccessfully to find work, she was taken out of school to look after her six younger siblings and the full burden of keeping house fell on Helen’s young shoulders. Having never had to manage a family budget in their previous life, the Forrester’s found themselves relying on meagre handouts from the local parish, charity organisations and the kindness of strangers.

 At the age of 14, Helen had finally had enough of her miserable existence and so began a bitter fight with her mother and father to attend evening school in an effort to educate herself and make her own way in the world. But Helen’s parents had no intention of releasing their unpaid slave. They had other plans for their selfish daughter.

Open auditions for the role of young Helen Forrester will take place on Tuesday 5 April 2022, at the Epstein Theatre on Hanover Street in Liverpool City Centre. Registration will open at 10am.

The actor will be required to join the cast from Mon 22 August – Sat 12 November for the full rehearsal and performance schedule so, anyone attending the audition must check their full availability in advance.

Actors must be aged 18 or over, to play the role of a 12/14-year-old Helen, be under 5ft 2in (maximum) and, most importantly, of petite build. The actor will be required to deliver a two-minute monologue of their own, which should include a very well-spoken RP English accent.

The new touring production of Twopence To Cross The Mersey is produced by Rob Fennah and Lynn McDermott for Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms and Directed by Gareth Tudor Price. The successful actor will work alongside a well-known cast from stage and screen, to be announced soon.

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