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The Only Girl in the World
The Only Girl in the World

Arena Theatre presents Glyn Maxwell's

The Only Girl in the World

Directed by Alexander Sanderson with permission from Micheline Steinberg Associates by kind permission of Glyn Maxwell

A play about the final victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Kelly. Mary is sexy and devil-may-care; Joseph Barnett is a steady, decent sort. Just another couple struggling to keep love alive in the sordid East End of London in 1888: and a man who slaughters prostitutes, calling himself 'Jack', is stalking his prey by night. Set around the narrow backstreets and noisy pubs of Whitechapel, and based on the information collected by the police and news reporters about Mary's life.




  • Performance Dates
  • Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:45 at Bournemouth Little Theatre
  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:45 at Bournemouth Little Theatre
  • Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:45 at Bournemouth Little Theatre
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Alexander Sanderson - Character Descriptions      8/6/2016

"Only Girl in the World- audition character descriptions:
Mary Jane Kelly- playing age 23-26
The final victim of Jack the Ripper. A vivacious Whitechapel prostitute of Irish/Welsh decent, with a taste for frivolity and embellishing her past. An ability to do a light Welsh accent would be preferable.

Joseph Barnett- playing age 30-35
A foreman at Billingsgate market. Mary Kelly's lover and of a protective disposition. A Londoner born and bred so a London accent is a necessity- also a tendency to stammer when nervous.

Barman/Shadowy figure/Music Hall performer- Any age, male perhaps female
Almost entirely an unspoken role (aside from perhaps some Music Hall banter)- yet playing almost a constant on stage. Representing such characters as the barman/wench at the 'Ringers' pub, Music Hall performer, Mrs Van Turney and Mary Kelly's last 'gentleman' and a shadowy figure (perhaps The Ripper)."

Auditions are likely to be held at the end of November/beginning of December. Dates will be confirmed
Alexander Sanderson - Readthrough and Auditions      8/15/2016

A play about the final victim of Jack the Ripper, Mary Kelly. Mary is sexy and devil-may-care; Joseph Barnett is a steady, decent sort. Just another couple struggling to keep love alive in the sordid East End of London in 1888: and a man who slaughters prostitutes, calling himself 'Jack', is stalking his prey by night. Set around the narrow backstreets and noisy pubs of Whitechapel, and based on the information collected by the police and news reporters about Mary's life.

The readthrough will be held on Thursday, 24 November 2016, and auditions will take place the following week on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Both events will be held at Pokesdown Community Primary School, Livingstone Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AS, and will start at 7.30pm.
(Please come into the school via the car park, and not the main gate - thank you)
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