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Adapted for the stage by Owen O'NeillDave Johns

When Andy Dufresne is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in the notorious Shawshank prison, he must find a way to keep himself and his hope alive by using his wits and forging friendships. Based on the novella by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption brings the story of resilience made famous by the acclaimed film to the stage.


Sat 5th November 3p.m. to 5p.m.

Sun 6th November 1p.m. to 5 p.m

No appointment necessary.  Will be required to read some of the script while acting in character.  We are not looking for strong American accents. A hint here and there will help.

Appearance or ethnicity are not important, but Tommy and Brooksie need to reflect their age description.

Contact Eilean (Production Manager) on 09 438 9265 if you can’t attend either of these times, or wish to help with the show in other ways.

Show dates: 10 – 26 March 2023 (10 performances)



Andy du Fresne :    Quiet, self contained, very intelligent who manages to retain his dignity and eventually manipulate almost everyone.


Red  (short for Redding) : Received 35 years for killing his wife. He's the go-to guy who can get things. Over his years he's learned strong survival techniques and tends to be neutral.


Warden Stammas:  a cruel, cold hearted , cheating hypocrite, who pretends to be a caring Christian.


Hadley:  Head guard, in the pay of Stammas and watches his back. He has no idea what he'd do if he were not a guard and is reputed to be unable to read or write. Quick to use his nightstick.


Entwistle: prison guard. Follows in Hadley's shadow who treats him like a slave. Tries to be tough but is bit soft hearted and sometimes goes easy on the cons.


Bogs Diamond: Is a psychopath and feared throughout the prison. He is jealous of Andy and tries to break him. Not unintelligent and plays chess.


Brooksie: 65-75  tough old con. College educated, but a gambler who lost everything. Shot his wife and daughter in a drunken rage. Became a model prisoner and is in charge of the library trolley. 


Rooster: Serving two life sentences for beating his step-son to death with a hammer when he threatened to tell his mother of Rooster's sexual advances. Drug addict. Tries to hide his sexual preferences but is happy in an environment where sex with men is common.


Rico: From Portuguese stock, bi-polar. He burned down his house with his family inside. Now a born again Christian.


Tommy:  Youngest prisoner. Addicted to stealing expensive cars. Loves his wife and two year old daughter but was caught stealing another car and sentenced to three years. Desperate to better himself and prove to his wife he will be a good husband and father.


Dawkins:  A gambler who killed his partners when they attempted to double cross him. Will still gamble on anything.


Pinky:  Just part of 'the group', cook.