Eltham Little Theatre announces auditions for a stage adaptation of CJ Dennis’ Australian Classic verse novel: The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. The season is May 8 to 23.

Features of this production:

  • It will be performed in the round, with seating on all 4 sides.

  • The “Narrator” talks directly to the audience as he tells Bill’s story. The others keep the 4th wall up.

  • Narrator and Bill will regularly swap during each performance.

  • The playing styles required will vary from naturalism, to pantomime, to farce

  • (and in case you are wondering, it’s not a musical, in spite of the title).

For those that haven’t read The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke find it online and have a read. It’s beautiful, Australian, slang-riddled writing.


  • Bill – Male - 20s/30s – Major role – ex con, gambler, drinker, but sentimental

  • Bill as Narrator – Male - 20s/30s – Major role - speaks as Bill explaining what’s happening

  • Doreen: Female – 20s – main support role - the subject of Bill’s affection, devotion and love. Kind and firm.

5 other cast are wanted to play all the other characters such as Mar, Uncle Jim, Ginger Mick, Romeo and Juliet:

  • Younger males (20s/30s) x 2

  • Younger female (20s/30s) x 1

  • Older male (50s/60s) x 1

  • Older female (50s/60s) x 1

Audition dates are February Friday 7th, Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th – all at 7.30pm in the rehearsal room of the theatre: 1603 Main Rd, Eltham.

If you’d like to book an audition or ask some further questions please contact the director Brad Buckingham by email or on 0421 054 138.