The Fall of the House of Usher

Adapted from Edgar Allen Poe

By Jack Neary

Directed by Paul Sztelma


Audition date: June 16, 7.30pm for an 8pm start

Production dates: Sept 25 to Oct 17

Rehearsals will usually be on Monday and Thursday nights with one or two Saturdays thrown in.


Edgar Allen Poe’s classic tale of madness, fear and decay – reinvented as a noir detective thriller set in Boston, 1935.


Shaughnessy  (M, 40 onwards). Police detective – anxious, active and driven.  Also a bit of a bully. 1st generation American though a slight Scottish brogue shines through.

James Brookfield (M, 30s). A successful writer of pulp fiction and a man who has witnessed the most appalling things. He is a survivor and a man who knows right from wrong. Or at least thinks he does.

Madeline Usher (F, 30s). Though in her mid 30s, she appears older, more weathered, fragile and scared. She’s a woman who has been through the wringer.

Roderick Usher (M, 30s). A startling presence – when he enters the room, the room belongs to him. The same age as Brookfield, he is however, not as robust – perhaps a sickly quality to him.

Fiona (F, early 20s to 30s). The Irish maid (with appropriate accent) but she is certainly no secondary character. Forthright and feisty – not the kind of girl you’d want to pick a fight with.

Dr Tremblay (M, middle aged and onwards). A medical professional with a terrible secret. Is he incompetent or criminal? Smaller role.

Claire (F, 15). Young, lovely and very pale. A small role but very important.  Though Claire is 15, I will need an actress 18 or above in age to fulfil the requirements of this part.

I’d like the American characters to have subtle American/Bostonian (if possible) accents but don’t want it overdone. You won’t have to be perfect at the auditions but you will have to show aptitude for it.

Auditions will involve reading from the script and maybe some improvisation.

For more information or a copy of the script (and I strongly suggest you read the script!) contact: Before  May 4 – Paul Sztelma on 0403 592 025 or  Between May 4 and June 12 – Annette Snars on 0438 328 794 or (Paul will be overseas)  After June 12 – Back to Paul.


Note: Castle Hill Players hold  6 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.


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