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Dean Gaffney and the (Toilet) Role of a Lifetime

Posted: 12th March 2019
  • Open auditions have launched to find the next voice of Virgin Trains’ onboard lavatories
  • The talking toilets were first unveiled in 2013 to deliver a serious message about safety and hygiene in a typically Virgin way
  • National treasure Dean Gaffney was the first to audition but lacked a certain je ne sais quoi, so instead he’s helping with the audition process

London, 12th March 2019 – If you’ve travelled on a Virgin Train, there’s a good chance you’ll have encountered the inimitable talking toilets. Whether you love or hate a chatty loo, from today you now have the chance to be the new voice. Ably assisted by seasoned actor Dean Gaffney, Virgin Trains is launching a nationwide search to find a handful of lucky winners from across the UK who will bag the (toilet) role of a lifetime.The winners’ vocal stylings will be heard on Virgin Trains services right across the West Coast route, giving them an audience of more than 38 million passengers a year – more than three times the total that tuned in for last year’s Britain’s Got Talent final.

As well as delivering an important health and safety message of the perils of flushing the ‘unflushables’ (baby wipes, sanitary items and nappies etc), the current voice of the loo lifts the lid, in trademark Virgin Trains tongue-in-cheek style, on her far less salubrious stint as a public toilet.The current toilet voice has been in place for over a year, so is ripe for a reboot.

First to ‘audition’ was Albert Square’s finest, Dean Gaffney, but when it was explained to the TV stalwart that Virgin Trains was looking for ‘real people’ for this particular role, he instead agreed to help spread the word about the opportunity. Dean is also lending his expertise to the audition process in the form of the Virgin Trains GaffBot- an automated entry system in which Dean guides hopefuls through a warm-up and helps them deliver the perfect audition.Would-be vocal artistes can visit the Gaffbot and enter the competition here: www.virgintrains.com/toilet-role

Peter Broadley, Executive Director, Customer Experience & Operations at Virgin Trains said: “We make it our mission to ensure our customers get a warm welcome when they travel with us on Virgin Trains services. That friendliness extends to our toilets too.

“As well as bringing a smile to those that pop in for a visit onboard, the talking toilet delivers an important message. Most of the time, if a toilet is out of use, it’s because something untoward has been flushed down it; we’ve found glasses, wedding rings and even a bra have been the cause of clogged loos in the past. We’re hoping that our selection of winning voices will help us continue to deliver the message about what not to flush in our signature light-hearted Virgin Trains way.”

The search is open now with the closing date set for Friday 5th April 2019. Winners will be judged by an internal Virgin Trains panel, with all entries submitted after the closing date not being considered for selection.

To audition or for more information about being the next voice of the Virgin Trains toilet, please visit https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/toilet-role

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