Audition Notice: The Effect

Auditions Closed

By Lucy Prebble
Directed by Sam Powell

The Effect is a clinical romance – winner of Best New Play, Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2012.

Two young volunteers agree to take part in a pharmaceutical drugs trial. This funny, moving play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, asking what makes us who we are and how we love. Connie and Tristan are the two drug trialists, and as the medics increase the dosage, they find themselves attracted to each other. But are their feelings real or a side effect? A chemical trick? Meanwhile Lorna and Toby are the two doctors running the trial. As they hotly debate the big questions surrounding depression it becomes clear they have a history.

This play is a fantastic challenge for its cast members with interesting characterisation – it is fast, witty, moving, funny, and sad. Four brave, open and energetic actors required!


There can be some flexibility in the ages depending on the dynamic between the cast members.

  • Connie Hall (playing age early to late 20s) – a bright psychology student
  • Tristan Frey (playing age early to late 20s/30) – a boisterously flirty drifter
  • Dr Lorna James (playing age late 30s-50 years) – a psychiatrist, efficient but vulnerable
  • Dr Toby Sealey (playing age late 30s-50 years) – Lorna’s supervisor, also a psychiatrist.

If you are unable to attend the auditions for any reason please get in touch with me as we will try and arrange a time to see you –

Scripts will be available from behind the box office. Please borrow one and have a read – you won’t be able to put it down!