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The Vortex

Written by Noel Coward • Directed by Kris Hallett
13-17 February 2024

Auditions (held in the Hall):

  • Sunday 19th  November, 7 pm - 9.30 pm (Florence & Nicky only)

  • Tuesday 21st November, 7 pm - 9.30 pm (all other characters)

Callbacks (held in the Morris Room):

  • Wednesday 22nd November, between 7 pm and 9.30 pm


Read-through (held in the Hall):

  • Monday 11th December, between 7 pm and 9.30 pm


Workshop (held in the Hall):

  • Wednesday 13th December, between 7 pm and 9.30 pm


  • Sundays mainly in the hall from 7 Jan and in the Morris Room on Mondays and Tuesdays from w/c 8 Jan

If you’d like more info or find out how you can be involved, please get in touch with either:


“How can we help ourselves. We swirl about in a vortex of beastliness.”

Florence Lancaster is an ageing social beauty and a serial adulteress, who openly takes
beautiful young lovers half her age. Her son Nicky returns from Paris with both his fiancée
Bunty, and a serious drug addiction. As both mother and son show increasing instability and are abandoned by their lovers, the play moves toward darker territory.


Beginning as an apparently frothy comedy, the facades of mother and son eventually collapse, and a raw, anguished drama is unleashed.

Channelling the ‘Cocktail Party Set’ of 1920s Britain, this play was notorious for its focus on infidelity, drugs and coded references to homosexuality. Viewed now in a world with a
constant pressure to be perfect, it’s as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.


Florence Lancaster • Female, 40-50
Nicky Lancaster • Male, Early/mid-20s 
Pauncefort Quentin • Male, 50+
David Lancaster • Male, 40-50 
Tom Veryan • Male, Early/mid-20s
Bunty Mainwaring • Female, Early/mid-20s
Helen Saville • Female, 30s 
Clara Hibbert • Female, 30-40
Preston • Male, 50+
Bruce Fairlight • Male, 35-40

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