IT’S time to put the panto props away because Sudbury Dramatic Society is about to kickstart a new project.

Member Annie Eddington will be taking on the role of director for the group’s production of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill.

The group is set to take to the stage in May next year, but there is plenty of prep to do before then.

Annie will be running a pre-audition workshop on Sunday, January 6, from 2pm until 4pm in the Quay Theatre Jetty in Quay Lane.

It’s an open workshop for anyone to attend, even if you do not want to audition for the show.

Annie said: “This will be a fun session using a whole range of drama, games, exercises and strategies to help unlock this extraordinary play, and experience Caryl Churchill’s theatrical playfulness and ingenuity.”

Top Girls is a 1982 play which boasts an all-female cast.

Often appearing on school syllabuses, the play follows the story of career-driven protagonist Marlene on her journey from her poor life to one of success.

The play highlights the price that women have to pay for success, in an audacious theatrical journey, from a restaurant gathering of historical figures to the cut-throat world of the office and finally to the catastrophic confrontation between two sisters around a kitchen table.

Following the workshop, open auditions will be taking place on Monday January 14 at 7.30pm at the Quay.

There are eight parts up for grabs, which are all female roles.

Between the eight chosen actresses, 16 roles will be played including the lead, Marlene.

Auditions are not for specific cast roles, but just to appear in the play.

Final casting combinations will be decided after the auditions, meaning versatile and range of performers are needed.

You do not need to be a member of Sudbury Dramatic Society to audition, but should you be cast, membership will be required.

Scripts for the stage play are available now from the Quay Theatre box office.

For more information contact Annie via

Put the dates in your diary now.