TWO significant roles are up for grabs in a new production which will be staged at a Chester theatre early next year.

Theatre company Against The Grain have announced that there will be audition opportunities for actors wanting to join the cast of its upcoming play, Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy RolePlay which will be performed at Chester Little Theatre in February.

RolePlay follows on from the success of the company's two most recent productions, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me at the Live Rooms in Chester and Agnes of God which was staged at Chester Little Theatre last month.

Speaking about the roles which are up for grabs, Director Simon Phillips said: "We are looking to cast two actors to complete our cast of 7, Julie-Ann Jobson (Leading Role), playing age 25-30, the lead character’s mismatched fiancée, highly strung and, Micky Rale (Supporting Role), playing age 40-50, an ex-boxer and gun-toting minder, not too bright.

"RolePlay is part of Ayckbourn's Damsels in Distress trilogy. When a young feisty young woman literally drops in on an engaged couple whose parents are about to meet for the first time at a dinner party, a clash of cultures and families ensues."

Founded in 2019, Against The Grain comprises a small number of actors, writers and directors, all of whom have been involved with theatre in Chester and the surrounding area for many years. The company aims to stage up to three high quality productions per year at venues in and around Chester.

Auditions for the two unpaid roles will take place at Christleton High School, near Chester, on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm. Rehearsals will begin in early January with a read through set to take place before Christmas. The production will run In The Salisbury Studio at Chester Little Theatre during the week commencing February 19.

Anyone who is interested in auditioning or wishing to find out more about the roles should contact Simon Phillips via email at to register their interest.