Unnecessary Farce

By Paul Slade Smith

Directed by Julian Floriano

Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021

Time: 7.30pm doors open for an 8pm start

Early audition – Rehearsals to commence August 23, Mondays and Thursdays

Performances Nov 20 – Dec 12

The Play

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors.

In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on videotape. But who’s in which room? Who’s watching the video, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why does the accountant keep taking off her clothes?

Combining all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary American plot, Unnecessary Farce is jampacked full of laughs with something at stake in every second!


Auditions are being held early so actors can learn their lines before commencing rehearsals. This is clearly a farce so actors will need to know comedy as well the ability to move quickly, deliver lines with deliberate pace and intention.


Do not uncast yourself! Ages are merely a guide

Eric Sheridan: Male, 20s – 40s. A bookish, even-keeled police officer who’s thrown into some difficult situations — while not wearing any pants.

Billie Dwyer: Female, 20s – 30s. A police officer, Eric’s partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

Karen Brown: Female, 30s – 40s. An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanour, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.
Note: the actress cast would likely be on stage in her underwear and/or a slip.

Mayor Meekly: Male, 50s+. A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I). Not too quick on the pick-up, but a sweet, sweet soul.

Agent Frank: Male, 20s – 50s. Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man.

Todd: Male, 20s – 50s. Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man who’s accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he’s completely indecipherable.

Mary Meekly: Female, 50s+. The Mayor’s wife. Small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.

To Prepare

Please prepare a very short monologue in an American accent (no more than 1min 30sec), no need to learn the lines. We will also work from the script so for your own benefit please ensure you have read the play before the audition. 

If you have any questions or would like to read the play please contact me at or 0404 711 488.

I am really excited to direct this play and make my Pavilion Theatre directorial debut! I encourage you to audition.

Want to crew?

If you would like to be involved behind the scenes please email to discuss 🙂