The story of a guy who gave up on love and music, and the girl who inspired him to dream again…

Cygnet Players are excited to be bringing Once to the stage, performing from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th September 2024 at Putney Arts Theatre.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.


– Lauren Brewer
Musical Director – Ashley Harvey
Choreographer – Anna Kendall
Producer – Izzy O’Flanagan


If you are interested in auditioning, join us for our information night / pre-audition workshop on Monday 22nd April at 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church Hall, Lavenham Road, Southfields, SW18 5EP.

  • Auditions: Thursday 2nd May and Monday 6th May (bank holiday Monday)
  • Recalls: Thursday 9th May
  • First rehearsal: Tuesday 14th May
  • Performances: Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th September

Auditions, recalls and rehearsals will all take place at St Barnabas Church Hall.

An information pack with full details of the characters and more information about the production and audition process is available at the link below. The deadline for audition forms is Friday 26th April.


Girl – Ruth Furber
Guy – James Warner
Reza – Caitlin Plummer
Andrej – Eleanor Conroy
Da – Seumas Grey
Baruska – Nur Diker Köksal

Emcee – Emma Recknell
Bank Manager – Ben Thomas
Billy/Music Captain – Oscar Denihan
Ex-Girlfriend – Sophie Warren
Eamon – Annie Houseago
Svec – Tom Howard

Lorna Wills, Pete Shatwell, Sinead Burniston


Nick Piazza – Alex Johnston
Serena Katz – Tara Blackburn
Carmen Diaz – Adrianna Cordero-Marino
Tyrone Jackson – Ruben Ondo Mesa
Joe “José” Vegas – Cristobal Gómez Vera
Schlomo Metzenbaum – Petro Hajj
Grace “Lambchops” Lamb – Ruth Furber
Goodman “Goody” King – Jamie Wright
Mabel Washington – Rosie Miles
Iris Kelly – Lucy Parfitt

Miss Esther Sherman – Amy Matthewson
Ms Greta Bell – Emma Gemoli
Ms Myers – Georgina MacFarlane
Ms Sheinkopf – Laura Holden

Dance Students: Ellie Barrett, Milly Dalzell, Siána French, Chloe Lane, Jake McKerell, Izzy O’Flanagan, Tara Rogerson, Laura Smith, Marie Spicq

Acting Students: Alice Beaumont, Angelia Benjamin, Tyrone Haywood, Laura Martin, Esther Platt, Ellen Steel

Music Students: Erin Lawlor, Eoin McCaffery, Laura McClenaghan, Emma Recknell, Emma Robinson, Lorna Wills

Photography by Russell Hughes.