Bad Girls: the Musical – workshops and auditions announced!

We are super-excited to announce the workshops and audition dates for Bad Girls: the Musical.

Workshop 1 is on Tuesday, 5th December at 7:30pm.

Workshop 2 is on Thursday, 7th December at 7:30pm.

Auditions are on Sunday, 10th December at 2pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Grover (the director) at

Below you can find details of the characters in the show:

The Prison Officers

THE NUMBER ONE: Grade – Governing Governor (Playing Age 45+)*

The Number One likes a quiet life and has always felt that the “old boys’ network” is the best way of sorting things out to his satisfaction. The appointment of Helen Stewart as Wing Governor has been imposed upon him and grudgingly accepted. But it wouldn’t take much briefing against her for him to recommend her swift removal from Larkhall.

*This is a non-singing role

HELEN STEWART: Grade – Wing Governor (Grade 5) (Playing Age 30’s)

As a graduate ‘fast tracker’, Helen is held in contempt by old hands such as Fenner and Hollamby who both firmly believe that there is no substitute for experience and “jailcraft”. She’s idealistic and genuinely concerned about the welfare of the inmates in her care, but good intentions aren’t always enough to win the battle. She soon realises the old guard doesn’t play fair and if she’s going to beat them, she’ll need friends in low places…

SYLVIA “BODYBAG” HOLLAMBY: Grade – Senior Officer (Playing Age mid 50’s+)

As far as Sylvia is concerned “happiness is door-shaped” and it would make her life a hell of a lot easier if prisoners were just kept locked in their cells 24/7. She admires Jim Fenner immensely, and shares his conviction that the Wing Governor job should have gone to him instead of to Helen Stewart. She is, however, blind to the full extent of Jim’s misdemeanours with the prisoners and would be genuinely shocked if she knew.

JIM FENNER: Grade – Principal Officer (Playing Age 40’s – 50’s)

Jim’s a man who likes to run things in prison his own way, rather than by the book, and he’ll use whatever means necessary. He can easily justify his “pastoral” role with prisoners; the women have come on strong to him, he’s got what they need and he’s happy to give it to them. So where’s the harm? His unholy alliance with Shell Dockley keeps him in the picture about what’s happening on the wing as well as providing some “on the job” recreation.

JUSTIN MATTISON: Grade – Officer (Basic) (Playing Age Mid’20’s)

Justin is a new junior officer, a fresh young puppy dog who really does want to do good, and thinks that Helen is absolutely perfect, not only as Wing Governor, but maybe even something more . . . Bursting with integrity and rather shy, Justin is easily teased by the older women prisoners in particular. But as he firmly tells Yvonne, “If you want to screw a screw, you’ve picked the wrong one”.

Other Prison Officers (Various playing ages)

Further Prison Officers will be needed, these will be non-speaking minimal singing parts mainly used in one scene at the end of Act 1. These roles will include a lot of physicality restraining prisoners. They will only be called to certain rehearsals but will need to be available for the 2 weeks leading up to the show as well as every performance.

The Prisoners:

NIKKI WADE Sentence: Life – for killing a policeman who was attempting to rape her girlfriend.

(Playing Age Mid 35 – 45)

Most of the inmates on G-Wing look up to Nikki. Before her conviction Nikki used to run a nightclub with her girlfriend. She’s intelligent and streetwise with a strong sense of natural justice because of the injustice she herself has suffered. She’s no one’s fool and she easily sees through the likes of corrupt officer Jim Fenner. But she doesn’t always help her own case by being too quick to fly off the handle.

DENNY BLOOD Sentence: 7 years – for arson – she burned down her children’s home.

(Playing Age 20)

Despite her tough exterior, Denny’s upbringing has left her desperate for love and attention, making her very easy to manipulate – and that’s something Shell Dockley is expert at doing. Denny is Shell’s “fixer” and not being the sharpest knife in the drawer she’s always willing to do Shell’s bidding without question. One day, however, she’s going to have to find a voice of her own…

SHELL DOCKLEY Sentence: Life – for the kidnap, torture and eventual murder of the woman who ‘stole’ her boyfriend.

(Playing Age Late Twenties – Thirties)

Before sentencing Shell to life, the judge presiding over her trial described her as “evil personified”, a tag she never has a problem living up to. Whether it’s taxing another inmate for her drugs stash or the intimidation of a weaker prisoner, Shell displays an equal amount of cunning and ruthlessness to get her own way. She considers herself Jim Fenner’s right-hand woman and trades on the special privileges she gets for “services rendered”.

YVONNE ATKINS Sentence: 4 years – for conspiracy to commit murder – she hired a hitman to bump off a business rival of her husband, Charlie.

(Playing Age Late Forties – Mid 50’s)

Yvonne’s as tough as nails; a working-class girl made rich through gangland boss Charlie’s criminal gains. She’s intimidating, ruthless and glamorous. When she arrives at Larkhall she makes a huge impression on the other women and wastes no time in taking over the Top Dog position from Shell Dockley. She’s also warm and generous and a force for good against G-Wing’s bullies – officers and inmates.

THE TWO JULIES Sentence: 2 years – for theft.

(Playing Age Late Thirties to Late Forties)

Julie Saunders and partner-in-crime Julie Johnston stole money from clients while working as hotel prostitutes. The Julies have taken the same name and styled themselves as a sisterly double act. They’ll always be there for each another and that’s their lifeline for surviving prison. Both are mums, and it was trying to make ends meet for their children that drove them into prostitution in the first place. Julie S has a son, David, whose private education is paid for with the proceeds from her life of crime. They’ve got hearts of gold and will always help a friend in need.

CRYSTAL GORDON Sentence: 12 months – for persistent shoplifting

(Playing Age Mid Thirties to Forties)

As a bible-bashing Christian, Crystal often takes a critical view of her fellow inmates and believes that the prison regime is too soft – especially where drugs are concerned. She can be self-righteous and totally blind to her own self- contradictions and often comical as a result. But at heart she’s a kind and caring person who does believe in standing up for what’s right

NOREEN BIGGS Sentence: 3 months – for shoplifting ties from a department store.

(Playing Age 60’s+)

Recidivist old-timer Noreen regularly gets itchy fingers in the shops and can’t resist the thrill of picking up a few treats. As time’s gone on, she’s more at home in prison than anywhere else and she’s been round the system so many times she knows exactly how to play it to her advantage. Noreen loves a “bit of bother” and is always ready to stoke a fight from the sidelines.

RACHEL HICKS Sentence: 30 months – for possession (2 ecstacy tablets) with intent to supply.

(Playing Age Late Teens/Early Twenties)

When Rachel arrives at Larkhall as a first-time offender she’s scared and isolated and distraught about the fact that her baby has been taken into care. She’s got “victim” written all over her and is easy prey for prison bully Shell Dockley. She naively trusts Jim Fenner to look after her, but soon discovers that his “special attention” isn’t quite the sort of protection she had imagined.


A company of other prisoners of all ages will be needed