The King's Orphan

Audition Information

10th July 2018

at 7:

30

pm


Performance dates Mon
18th
- Sat
23rd
February
201
9
by Martin Roche

Directed by Tracey Rontree

Cast: 2f, 2m


About
During the Great War, 116 young men who had attended Blackburn Orphanage in Lancashire, went to war to fight for their King and their Country. 10 of them never returned. One of them was only recorded by his name, William North... the forgotten orphan. ‘The King’s Orphan’ tells the story of the life of an unknown - or rather, creates for him a life and an opportunity to be remembered. It is not a factual account but gives a glimpse of lives through the cracks in history; an orphan who died for King and Country and through theatre, is given a chance to take his place in history. This is one of many stories of how a generation of ordinary men did an extraordinary thing. This story illustrates how some men went to war to fight for something bigger – to fight for a family they did not know and for the families of men they could never know, with a set of values, self-respect, dignity and desire for a better life and a better world which all came from one couple; James Dixon and his wife Jane, the orphanage founders that popular history fights to forget. The Boys may have been  orphans, they may have given their lives for their King. But they did so having been given a special gift from special people. Hope.

Cast


Character
Gender
Character Age
Other Information
William North
M
18/30
Orphan. Lancashire accent.
James Dixon
M
40s/50s
Founder and first Superintendent of Blackburn Orphanage. Scottish accent.
Plays Parsons in Act 2.
Dixon
F
40s/50s
Wife of James Dixon. Lancashie accent.
Maude Thomas
F
18/30
Orphan and later financé of WIlliam North. Lancashire accent
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