by Ken Duncum

Directed by David Collins

3 to 18 April 2020
Evenings at 8pm, Matinees at 2:15pm


Based on a true story, four men are sailing to Tonga when their boat overturns in a storm and they spend the next 119 days adrift. Flipside tells the story of what the men went through and then what happened after.

Their survival story is told as a flashback throughout the play. The present day features two of the former ‘shipmates’, as one keeps a bedside vigil to the other who is dying. There are elements of this journey between the two of them that echo what they endured with the others on the boat.

Over the course of the show, the four men confront the elements, each other, and themselves.


John (M, late 40s+) - Captain of the boat, stubborn, pragmatic, not so much over-confident but laid back at times.

Phil (M, late 30s - early 40s) - Inexperienced with sailing, nervous, prone to panic.

Jim (M, mid-late 30s) - Compassionate and philosophical. He is the only character that speaks to the audience, so it’s a role that requires empathy and authenticity.

Rick (M, late 20s – early 30s) - Rick is vibrant in the past scenes on the boat, but weak and fading in the present scenes with Jim. Transitions between past and present and back again happen very quickly, so there are more physical demands here than with the other roles.

Please note: Jim is American and thus will require an American accent (no particular region, but not Southern). All other characters can have ordinary Antipodean accents (not necessarily NZ).


Auditions by appointment only.

Sunday 19 January from 6.00pm
Monday 20 January from 7.30pm

Venue: Brighton Theatre Company, Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton.

Any enquiries and to book an audition time please contact the Director, David Collins, by email on divcollins@gmail.com or 0423 505 980.

Information for prospective auditionees:
It is highly desirable that anyone wishing to audition should know the play well enough to be able to describe the “story”.

Routine rehearsals will be 7.30–10.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and 7.00pm–9.30pm Sunday evenings.

As the first few weeks of rehearsal may clash with some of the performances of our Season 1 show (31st Jan – 15th Feb), the Director may arrange a temporary rehearsal space until the theatre becomes free.

Actors need to be able to commit unconditionally not only for an entire performance season but also for all scheduled rehearsals at which their attendance is required.

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