CHARACTER  DESCRIPTIONS


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Journey’s End

 


The play is set in C Company Command dug out in the front line trench before St Quentin, France, in March 1918. The ages are indicative of the ‘playing’ age of the character and are flexible in most cases.

[% = the amount of the play the character spends on stage]



CAPTAIN STANHOPE early 20s       [70%]

commander of the company taking over the front line. Excellent commanding officer who survives by relying on copious quantities of whisky. Subject to violent and unpredictable mood swings.


LIEUTENANT OSBORNE  (aka ‘Uncle’) 40s       [44%]

2nd in command - a school teacher who volunteered. Copes by living in the world of literature – especially ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Calm and capable. Fiercely protective of Stanhope


2nd LIEUTENANT TROTTER late 30s – 40s       [24%]

a field promotion – career soldier of ‘working class’ origins. Irrepressibly cheerful, always thinking of food. Carrying more weight than he should be!


2nd LIEUTENANT HIBBERT late 20s – 30s      [19%]

nerve gone – hoping to persuade Stanhope to let him report sick


2nd LIEUTENANT RALEIGH  19       [49%]

newly arrived at the front. Attended the same school as  Stanhope where he ‘hero worshipped’ him. Stanhope is also a family friend who is ‘sweet’ on Raleigh’s sister. Raleigh pulled strings to be posted to Stanhope’s company. Keen and eager – has no conception of the realities of the war.


*CAPTAIN HARDY [Small role]  40s-50s      [9%]

commanding officer of the company that Stanhope is relieving. Glad to be ‘escaping’.


*COLONEL [small role]   50s +      [14%]


COMPANY SERGEANT MAJOR [small role] 40s +     [14%]

a grizzled, physically imposing professional soldier


PRIVATE MASON late 30s – 40s       [25%]

the officers’ orderly and cook. Fatalistic about a soldier’s lot. Droll sense of humour


LANCE CORPORAL BROUGHTON  / SOLDIER / RUNNER [small role] late 20s -30s [9%]

a soldier in C Company  


GERMAN SOLDIER [small role]  late teens preferable/any age   [5%]

captured during a trench raid. Terrified. Ability to speak  German an advantage


*NB The roles of CAPTAIN HARDY and COLONEL could be doubled




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