Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
Cast Type: Mainly Women
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Nikki Wade

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

An intelligent and moody middle-class maverick, driven by her contempt for the criminal justice system and compassion for the weak and vulnerable.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Shell Dockley

Sentence: Life - for the kidnap, torture and murder of the ‘slapper who stole her man’.

The reigning Top Dog, sluttish, cunning and a consummate liar, who relishes in her own wickedness and will do anything to get what she wants.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Denny Blodd

Sentence: 7 years for arson.

Shell’s trusty side-kick, an emotionally deprived hard nut, brought up in care homes, who’s basically a lost child in need of a mum.

Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Yvonne Atkins

Sentence: 4 years for conspiracy to commit murder.

A mobster’s missus, brassy, sassy and supremely resourceful - no one messes with Yvonne. 

Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: E3
“The Two Julies” - Julie Saunders and Julie Johnston

Sentence: 2 years for soliciting and theft.

A sisterly double-act, warm, maternal and ribald, they’ve been round the block - a lot. But they’ll always be there for each other and that’s their lifeline for survival.

Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Crystal Gordon

Sentence: 12 months for shoplifting.

A bible-bashing Christian, self-righteous, judgemental and blind to her own self-contradictions.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Rachel Hicks

Sentence: 30 months for possession with intent to supply.

Vulnerable first-time offender, parted from her young baby, and terrified by the bullying likes of Shell and Denny. Rachel’s got ‘victim’ written all over her.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Noreen Biggs

Sentence: 3 months for shop-lifting.

Recidivist old-timer who feels more at home in prison than out. She loves a “bit of bother” and is always ready to stoke a fight from the sidelines. 

Gender: female
Age: 60 to 75
Jim Fenner

Principal Officer, who likes to run things in prison his own way - and take his pick of any young inmate he fancies. His unholy alliance with Shell Dockley is merely part of his master plan - to undermine Helen Stewart and get her job.

Gender: male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Sylvia "Bodybag" Hollamby

Senior Prison Officer and loyal sidekick to Jim Fenner. A lazy and bigoted jobsworth, she despises the inmates and always feels hard done by. 

Gender: female
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Helen Stewart

Newly appointed Wing Governor. A graduate ‘fast-tracker’, idealistic, warm and generous, she’s genuinely concerned for the welfare of the inmates in her care, but naive about the old boys’ network she’s up against.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Justin Mattison

Prison Officer. A fresh young puppy dog who really wants to do good and thinks the world of Helen Stewart. Shy and easily teased by the older women inmates.  

Gender: male
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: C#4
Vocal range bottom: C3
The Number One - Simon Stubberfield

Governing Governor. Ambitious and indolent, with his sights set on promotion to Area Management. He’ll do anything to keep his own reputation unsullied. 

Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65
Ensemble

Small speaking roles for Prisoners Kat, Spike & Natalie, and Prison Officer/Male Nurse. Additional women prisoners and prison officers as desired and/or required for cover. 

Gender: both