East Lane Theatre, Vale Farm, Watford Road, Sudbury, Middlesex, HA0 3HG         Registered Charity Number 1183134

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General Notes on Auditioning for East Lane Theatre Club

Auditions are open to anyone over 18 (or 16 by arrangement)

East Lane is an amateur club. No payments are made for performing.

If this is your first time at East Lane, please also bring with you details of your past experience, a photo with your Full name, address, phone number and email so we can contact you later.

Auditions are as friendly and informal as possible, you will be asked to read from the provided

audition pieces, either singly or in groups, as well as moving around our stage.

There is no need to learn the pieces provided, and we do not ask for any learnt pieces to be performed.

We do ask that if cast you can make all the rehearsal & performance dates, although it is sometimes possible to accommodate pre arranged holidays. Please bring with you dates you cannot make.

To perform in a production you must be a Full paid up Member, and pay the casting fee £20 on the first rehearsal (which covers your script, insurance, tea & coffee etc)

We usually rehearse for 9 weeks, Monday  &  Thursday from 19.30 to 22.00

Productions weeks are:

Fri: Technical rehearsal

Mon: Dress rehearsal

Wed-Fri evenings production

Sat Matinee and evening production

Sunday Matineeproduction

Originally written as a Radio play, the authors then produced a stage version in association with the Oxford Playhouse. Following a successful tour a few years ago the play has now been released for amateur production.

The plot is based on Laurence Marks’ own real-life experience. While staying in Hollywood on a writing assignment, he bought a second-hand watch from a jeweller on Melrose Place. Fifteen years later, Marks learned that the $200

Longines watch had once belonged to prominent Nazi, Joachim Von Ribbentrop.

At auction, it could have fetched up to £50,000, but its provenance meant that it would have inevitably been sold to a Nazi sympathiser.

Marks was left with a dilemma. Should a Jew profit from the sale of a Nazi artefact? When approached, Jewish

charities declined to take any potential cash raised. To this day the watch remains in a vault.

Gerald Roth is a struggling wine merchant, and to save his company he is selling his assets. His watch is an antique, and when he learns it once belonged to Von Ribbentrop, he realises he could solve all of his money problems, as long as his family doesn’t find out, because his jealous brother, overbearing mother and pious wife would never speak to him again. At the annual Passover dinner, it seems his brother has managed to find out.


Gerald Roth (40’s – 50’s) Jewish but not a strict Jew.

Ruth Roth (late 40’s) Gerald’s wife. A convert to Judaism.

Mrs Lila Roth (70ish) Gerald’s mother, a stereotypical dominating mother.

Sasha Roth (early 20’s) Ruth and Gerald’s daughter.

David Roth (40’s) Gerald’s younger brother, a mini cab driver.

Mr Blackburn. A watch repairer.

The Collector. Well-dressed, middle aged man with a slight German accent.

For more details contact Danny.Popkin @outlook.com



Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays and start on Monday 1st January 2024 7.30

Technical Rehearsal: Friday 23rd Feb @ 7.30 (all cast required)

Dress Rehearsal: Monday 26th Feb @ 7.30 (all cast required)

Performances:  Wed 28th, Thurs 29th February,  1st March @7.30, Sat 2nd (matinee 3.00 and 7.30) and Sun 3rd (matinee 3.00) March 2024

Make sure that you are available for all these dates before you audition.


Play Reading will be on Sunday 12th  November @ 7.30pm

Auditions will be on Friday 17th November and  Sunday 26th  November @7.30


Von Ribbentrops Watch

By Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran