How To Disappear Completely And Never be Found


How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found 

By Fin Kennedy 

Performances: 23 - 25 March 2023

Director: Scott Terry

Workshop Dates: Thursday 22 September 2022 and Thursday 06 October 2022 at 8pm

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 8pm - 10pm


About the play 

Fin Kennedy’s How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found is a play about identity and the traces we leave on the world around us. It won the 2005 Art Council’s John Whiting award and was subsequently stage at the Crucible Studio Sheffield. 



You are who you can prove you are. You are what people think, and that’s the easiest thing in the world to change. 

When Charlie, a young executive, reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitation from a young woman; he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was. 

Leaving one’s former identity behind and starting over seems to be an almost existential act; a yearning for good faith in the world that fetishes the fake. What makes you authentic? And how do you know you’re real? There may not be new questions, but they are more relevant than ever and no less terrifying – or unanswerable. 


Charlie/Adam (20 to 35) 

A successful advertising executive who has reached breaking point. His mother has recently died, he owes a lot of money to some very unsavoury people. Audition Piece: page 3 

Sophie (20 to 35) 

A pathologist who appears to Charlie/Adam throughout the play. She insists he’s already laid out on her slab. She’s also looking for her missing dad. Audition Piece: page 4 

Mike (50+) 

A former partner of Charlie’s mother, he acts as a mentor guiding him to leave his old identity behind. Audition Piece: page 5 

Man 1 (Any age) 

Multiple characters including: Older man/ Tube man/ Robert/ American Client 1/ Older man’s voice 1&2/ Pawn Man. Audition Piece: page 6 

Man 2 (Any age) 

Multiple characters including: Man/ Danny/ Eric/ American Client 2/ Priest/ Party Person 2/ Bureaucrat 2/ Man’s voice 1&2/ Landlord. Audition Piece: page 7 

Woman 1 (Any age) 

Multiple characters including: Woman/ Doctor/ Angelina/ Party Person 1/ Bureaucrat 1/ Woman’s voice/ Yevtsye 

Woman 2 (Any Age) 

Multiple characters including: Woman/ Ellie/ Party Person 3/ Bureaucrat 3/ Nurse/ Older woman’s voice