In Duty Bound

Written by Ron Elisha
Directed by Carla Moore

It’s Australia 1969 and the sabbath in the Berkowicz household when the extended family gathers joyously for the occasion. Good humour and high spirits prevail around the dinner table but their youngest son has news to impart that will blow this homey scene wide open. At the centre of this family confrontation is Christine, an outsider, a Gentile.
Ron Elisha is a world renowned playwright of numerous productions, and a Winner of four Australian Writers’ Guild Awards. In Duty Bound is a funny, thought-provoking and totally absorbing play exploring the dynamics of family and faith.


  • FANIA – Jack’s mother 50-60
  • SIMKEH – Jack’s father 50-60
  • JACK – student  22- 26-ish
  • MORDECAI – Simkeh’s brother – 50-60
  • LENNY – (small role) Jack’s older brother- late 20s
  • GIZA – married to Mordecai- 50-60
  • SUZY – (small role)  married to Lenny – mid/late 20s
  • HANNAH – (small role) Suzy’s friend
  • CHRISTINE – Jack’s girlfriend 22-26-ish

Auditions will be approximately 10 – 15 minutes each. Actors will audition for each part singly. Memorising the script for the audition is not needed, but please be familiar with your character and the appropriate scenes. Audition scenes and script excerpts will be sent on booking.


Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd January 
from 7.30pm

At Theatre on Chester Cnr. Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping

Rehearsals are held at Theatre on Chester
All Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm plus additional rehearsals in the weeks before opening. A full rehearsal schedule will be given at the first reading.

Please advise us at the auditions if you have any prior commitments for rehearsal dates.


The Theatre on Chester is at the corner of Chester and Oxford Streets, Epping. The theatre is located in the Epping Uniting Church hall, please enter next to the church. The theatre is 5 minutes’ walk from Epping station and street parking outside the theatre is generally easy. Auditions and all rehearsals are held at the theatre.

Audition Times – please let us know your preference for an audition day and time when you book. If you have no preference, please let us know as this helps with timetabling.

Bring to the audition – Your CV, head shot, script and application form in hard copy.

Payment – The Theatre on Chester is a community theatre and as such none of the cast or crew are paid. You will however be rewarded with tea, coffee, biscuits, the occasional pizza and lots of rapturous applause!

Membership of the Theatre on Chester – Actors who are cast for the production will need to be members of the Theatre on Chester, $10 for a year.

Other commitments – Set building for the production will be on Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 1.00pm. It is appreciated if cast members can give a few Saturdays to help with the set. On performance nights, cast members please stay for 5-10 minutes after the show to help the stage manager close up and the FOH team to pack chairs etc. Many hands make light work and then we can all get away at a reasonable time. The Tuesday evening following the final performance is set beak down, help from the cast is appreciated.

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