Casting Call – Delight In The Woods – CASTING CLOSED

We are interested in meeting actors/ theatre makers/ divisors and improvisers. We encourage applications from d/Deaf and disabled artists, please let us know if you have any access needs and we will ensure these are met if you are selected to audition. All our rehearsal/ performance spaces are wheelchair accessible.

(Please note: Delight in the Woods takes place at Box Hill which is a woodland performance area with clear, wide paths that might be bumpy in places, and could get muddy).

PROJECT: Delight in the Woods
Delight in the Woods is a fully immersive outdoor performance and engagement programme at Box Hill, National Trust property in Surrey. It was devised and piloted with one partner school last year, and is now being rolled out for 8 of the least privileged primary schools in Surrey.

CHARACTER 1: William Wellington – William lives in the wettest part of the woods, where he writes very sad poetry and awaits the return of his friends, who have seemingly abandoned him many years ago on a Duke of Edinburgh trip. Although scripted, the scene is very interactive, as children arrive to find personalised poems for each of them hanging from William’s washing line.

Dates needed:

Audition: 11th March 2019 – London
Rehearsals (all cast) – London
Tues 16th – Thu 18th April – 10am – 6pm
Mon 22nd April (Dress rehearsal on site) 2pm – 7.30pm (digs provided overnight before performance 1)
Show week 1 – Box Hill
Tues 23rd April – Fri 26th April
Workshop week 1.1 – Surrey schools
Tues 30th April – Fri 3rd May
Workshop week 1.4 – Surrey Schools
Tues 21st – Fri 24th May
Show week 2 – Box Hill
Tues 4th – Fri 8th June
Workshop week 2.1 – Surrey Schools
MON 17th – Fri 21st June (NOT WEDS)
Workshop week 2.4 – Surrey Schools
Tues 9th – Fri 12th July

Fee: £2520

This role is involved in both the performances at Box Hill and 4 weeks of workshops in schools. This role will best suit an actor who is very confident in improvisation, as the actor will be required to improvise in character when we visit each school, responding to children’s questions and maintaining the world we have set up. This role is a key part of the delivery of this project, and would suit somebody who thrives in taking creative ownership and contributing to the vital creative development of young people.

Required skills/ experience:
Experience with scripted and interactive/ unscripted performance
Confident improvising in character
Empathy and compassion
Confident singing a simple melody in a group (this won’t be part of the audition)
This job includes early starts – you will need to be organised and punctual

Preferred skills – not vital:
Able to play a handheld instrument (guitar, ukulele, accordion/ similar)
Driving license/ own car
Basic British Sign Language
Experience working with primary school children

CHARACTER 2: Bert/ Bertina – Performer
This role is involved in the performances at Box Hill only. We are seeking a strong performer – any gender who is comfortable leading audiences in an interactive song with percussion instruments. This part is best suited to somebody with some percussion/ drumming skills. It requires the performer to sing a solo, although this can be played for comedy if needed!

Audition: 11th March 2019 – London

Rehearsals (all cast)
Tues 16th – Thu 18th April – 10am – 6pm
Mon 22nd April (Dress rehearsal on site) 2pm – 7.30pm (digs provided overnight before performance 1)
Show week 1 – Box Hill
Tues 23rd – Fri 26th April
Show week 2 – Box Hill
Tues 4th – Fri 8th June

Required skills:
Strong clowning
Experience performing interactive theatre
Confident with percussion (you don’t need to be a drummer, but you need to have basic musicality and rhythm!)

Preferred skills:
Basic BSL
Driving license/ own car/ easy journey to Surrey via public transport
Experience performing for primary school children

Fee: £1080


Please email with the subject heading CASTING – DELIGHT – Your name.
Please include a CV, short cover letter (500 words) and any images/ footage you have of you in performance (this does not need to be professional). Auditions will take place on 11th March in London/ Croydon (venue TBC). You will be asked to perform a short story appropriate for 7 and 8 year olds, based on a children’s book, fairytale, or personal experience, followed by an informal chat with the production team.

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