Freddie Marburg, successful dramatist, returns to his flat after a hard day's rehearsal to find a woman wielding a pistol. He is sure all she wants is an audition, but what is the role she is auditioning for?
This is one of the very last short stories Canning published. At the time he was doing a lot of work in television and was also writing play scripts, so would have been familiar with the milieu of theatre.
Woman's Own, 13 February, 1959