Hello there

We are currently casting all roles for the upcoming production of “Shakers” and are specifically seeking female identifying actors. The play takes place in a cocktail bar, which will be performed in our own cocktail bar, The Fallen Angel, situated on Guildford’s High Street.

As a Fringe production taking place in a small venue, the wage for all roles will be £400 per week, inclusive. This will be a pro-rata wage band based on a six-day week, and the show will run from May 15th to May 25th on Sundays through Thursdays only. During the show’s run, actors will have Fridays and Saturdays free to work on other projects, as no shows will be scheduled on those days. Rehearsals will take place at The Fallen Angel from May 8th to May 13th.

We are dedicated to promoting diversity and encourage actresses with varying backgrounds and experiences to apply for this opportunity. If you are interested in auditioning, please email info@GuildfordFringe.com with your spotlight link and showreel (if available) at your earliest convenience. Please advise which role you would like to be seen for.

The full casting breakdown can be found below. Thank you for your consideration.

We will be asking for self tapes for the first round and then be holding final auditions on 21st and 22nd March in Guildford. We are not able to offer online final auditions.

Best regards,
Nick Wyschna

Ages and ethnicity are irrelevant. All roles are female.

Adele is the senior waitress and the leader of the group. She is a tough, no-nonsense woman who has worked at Shakers for years. She is responsible and reliable, and she takes her job very seriously. Adele is the one who keeps the other waitresses in line and makes sure they do their jobs properly.


Nicky is the youngest of the waitresses and the most innocent. She is new to the job and is still learning the ropes. Nicky is also the most vulnerable of the group, and she is often the target of unwanted attention from male customers. Despite this, Nicky is determined to succeed and make a better life for herself.


Mel is the wild one of the group. She is outgoing and fun-loving, and she enjoys flirting with the customers. Mel is also the most insecure of the waitresses, and she often uses her sexuality to get attention and validation. She has a complicated relationship with her boyfriend, who is abusive towards her.


Carol is the most reserved of the waitresses. She is a single mother who is working at Shakers to support her young daughter. Carol is intelligent and hard-working, but she often feels overshadowed by the other waitresses. She struggles with the guilt of being a working mother and worries about the effect her job is having on her daughter.

About the play

“Shakers” is a thought-provoking play that was written by John Godber and Jane Thornton. It is a comedy-drama that focuses on the lives of four waitresses who work in a cocktail bar called Shakers. The play explores themes such as gender, class, and identity.

The four waitresses – Carol, Adele, Nicky, and Mel – have very different personalities, but they share a common goal: to make a better life for themselves. The play takes place over the course of one night, during which the waitresses interact with various customers, each with their own story to tell.

Through the customers’ stories and the waitresses’ own experiences, “Shakers” sheds light on the challenges faced by working-class women in the 1980s. The play explores the struggles of these women to make a living, their relationships with men, and their attempts to break free from societal expectations.

Despite the serious themes, “Shakers” is a funny and entertaining play. The waitresses’ banter and interactions with the customers provide moments of levity, and the play’s clever dialogue keeps the audience engaged throughout.

Overall, “Shakers” is a powerful and insightful play that shines a light on the experiences of working-class women in the 1980s. Its themes are still relevant today, and its message is one of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

Casting Breakdown – Shakers by John Godber

By Nick Wyschna

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