Casting Call

THE PROJECT

This project is an immersive, site specific, outdoor production pilot commissioned by a children’s charity, performed at a National Trust property near Dorking, Surrey. This will be a highly visual, comic, physical show, performed in April 2018 to a primarily children’s audience (although the show will be developed with the whole family in mind). There is the potential for further touring to other outdoor sites in 2019, after the pilot run.

PERFORMERS

We are looking for exceptional professional performers with really strong comic/ improvisational skills – the play will be scripted but as with all immersive productions, the ability to hold an audience’s attention and respond to anything that happens is vital. We are particularly interested in hearing from performers with the following skills:

  • Circus skills (please give details)
  • Actor musicians (please list ALL instruments in your application, even if they are not within the description – not vital but could be great to play with in the rehearsal process)
  • Confident singers (not vital, but do let us know if you can hold a tune)
  • Strong comic/ clown performers
  • Confident devisers – there will be a script but we are looking for a cast of people who are happy to collaborate and offer ideas up in the room during rehearsals
  • Actors with any immersive experience

We are also particularly interested in applications from performers who face barriers to access the arts including BAMER and disabled applicants. Please let us know if you need any support in completing your application by contacting our Access Officer on florence@wearezooco.co.uk. Please note that the performance site is a muddy woods, but there are clear pathways throughout and access requirements for wheelchair users can be supported by Zoo Co. Our access programme extends to support artists facing barriers due to mental health, disability or learning difficulties.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION VIA MANDY

Applications should be sent by 5pm on Tuesday 23rd January – please be sure to include a detailed cover letter detailing why you are interested in this project/ working with Zoo Co (this is the most important bit for us!) – no more than 1 side of A4.

If you would prefer to submit your cover letter as a video file, please limit it to 2 minutes and send along with your CV/ headshot.

Actors needn’t apply for more than one role – applications can be made for a general casting but do list any specific skills/ roles you would like to be considered for in your cover letter.

DATES

Audition date:

26th February 2018
London

Workshop date:

12th March 2018
London

Rehearsals:

3rd – 5th April
16th + 17th April
10am – 6pm – London

Performance:

20th April (early morning start)

On site @ Box Hill, Dorking

Fee:

ITC actor rate (£460 for one week rehearsal period of 6 days) plus £90 performance fee.

ROLES

Scarlet

  • Young female
  • Playing age: 12-16 (18+ performers only)
  • Central character, leads audience through the immersive production in character. Needs to be comfortable with direct address, improvisation and have a good sense of comic timing. A confident singer would be a plus, although not vital. Actors with immersive/ site specific experience preferable.

Tree Elf (name TBC)

  • Male or female (actor-musician preferred)
  • Instruments considered: Trumpet/ french horn/ trombone
  • Playing age: Early 20’s – early 30’s
  • This role potentially requires a performer to sit up a small tree for the duration of their scene (roughly 6-7 minutes) so a performer with aerial experience/ strong physical skills would be preferred (site to be fully risk assessed and performer safety is paramount).
  • Must be comfortable with direct address, and holding a young audience’s attention. Good comic timing is vital, and any clown experience would be fantastic. Instrumentalists should let us know their instrument, and their skill level although this element of the performance is TBC depending on the practicalities of playing an instrument at height!

Berty The Bog Troll

  • Male or female (actor musician preferred)
  • Instruments considered: Drums/ percussion
  • Playing age: Early 20’s – early 30’s
  • Strong clowning and comic timing essential. Physical theatre/ movement experience preferred. Must be comfortable with direct address, and holding a young audience’s attention.

William Wellington

  • Male
  • Playing age: Early 20’s – early 30’s
  • Strong clowning and comic timing essential. Must be comfortable with direct address, and holding a young audience’s attention.

Penelope Pudding

  • Female
  • Playing age: Early 20’s – early 30’s
  • Strong clowning and comic timing essential. Must be comfortable with direct address, and holding a young audience’s attention.

Sally the Spinster (a spider)

  • Female
  • Playing age: Mid 20’s – Late 30’s
  • Strong clowning and comic timing essential. Must be comfortable with direct address, and holding a young audience’s attention. Strong physical theatre performer preferred.

Comments 5

  1. Your company was highly recommended to me and I was looking forward to seeing you at The Place in Bedford recently. Unfortunately I was unwell and therefore unable to attend on the night.

    When I saw you were looking for performers I enthusiastically and excitedly clicked on this link.

    While I am a little older than the ages you quote here, I am regularly mistaken for far younger than I am. Furthermore I have acted, danced and sung from a very early age. In addition I am a member of a Morris dance side that also has ‘sub-groups’ for singing, reading addresses and performing Mummers’ Plays. I am therefore very comfortable performing outdoors and with muddy and/or uneven terrain, as well as engaging a crowd. Moreover I have performed a one woman show so I am able to hold my own as well.

    Sadly I have missed your deadline for this project (as it is Wednesday 24th today) and am very disappointed to have missed out on this chance to apply to join you.

    I would be very interested in future projects with yourselves (should there be opportunities for a female performer of my age) and shall be keenly watching your site and progress.

    I wish you all every success in this new project and feel sure your young audience will thoroughly enjoy it. (It sounds fantastic just from the character descriptions and requirements.)

    Well done and keep up the good work.

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