ACTING OPPORTUNITIES

Response Programme

 

Several acting opportunities between September 2021 to March 2022 – part of our Just Write Response programme.

Who's it for? Emerging and early career actors aged 18 and over. We are especially interested to hear from people who identify as LGBTQ+, those who have experienced racism or who are from working class backgrounds.

Is it paid? Yes! Each actor will receive a fee of £600.

How does it work?

  • We are recruiting 7 emerging actors to perform in productions of new 15 minute plays, matching them with emerging directors from the North East region.

  • Each play will respond to one of the main productions in our programme (listed below) and will have been selected from submissions to our Response Writing competition. (Find out more about the competition here)

  • Actors will rehearse the play for a week, working with their director in our rehearsal space – they will receive the script at 9.30am on the first day of rehearsals.

  • Support will be provided by a mentor (Mark Calvert, Paula Penman or Ben Dickenson) to help the director and actors get the show ready for a professional off-book performance.

  • The play will be performed immediately after the main production for 3 nights (Tuesday to Thursday) during the last week of its run (dates below).

 

This opportunity is supported by Arts Council England.

How do I get involved?

We have already cast the first three response plays but if you would like to be considered for this opportunity for the productions in 2022 we would like you to join a 2 hour workshop with our creative team and directors on the first week of December 2021 date to be confirmed.. Please email ben@alphabettitheatre.co.uk to express your interest, stating whether morning or afternoon is better for you on that date.

Please tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity, a little about your background, and include a short description of your experience to date – we’re not looking for you to have lots of credits, we just want to know a bit about you. We’ll also need to know which of the 5 opportunities below you can be available for.

When is it?

We have already cast the first three response plays but if you would like to be considered for this opportunity for the productions in 2022 we would like you to join a 2 hour workshop with our creative team and directors on the first week of December 2021 date to be confirmed.

There are 5 separate competitions:

1. In response to Pod by Arabella Arnott

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 3rd September 2021

The winning script will be performed on 14th - 16th September 2021

2. In response to hang by Debbie Tucker Green

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 1st October 2021

The winning script will be performed on 12th - 14th October 2021

3. In response to 10 Things To Do In A Small Cumbrian Town by Hannah Sowerby

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 26th November 2021

The winning script will be performed on 7th - 9th December 2021

4. In response to Tree by Gary Kitching & Steve Byron

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 28th January 2022

The winning script will be performed on 8th - 10th February 2022

5. In response to No.9 by Anna Robinson

Deadline: Midnight on Friday 25th February 2022

The winning script will be performed on 8th - 10th March 2022

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Casting for "hang" by debbie tucker green

Alphabetti Theatre are producing the North East premiere of hang by debbie tucker green, directed by Yolanda Mercy. First performance at Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 11 June 2015. 

 

About the play: 


This isn’t about me at all. Is it? You want to know my decision.

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In the near future, in a stark room, a woman meets with two officials. She has been the victim of a crime, and she has a choice to make. We wait for her answer.

A searing, poetic and darkly humorous play by Olivier and Bafta award-winning writer debbie tucker green. 

 

Audition Date: Friday 3rd September 2021

Rehearsal Dates: Monday 13th – Monday 27th September 2021 10am – 6pm (no rehearsals on 19th, 21st & 26th) 

Performance Dates: Tuesday 28th Sept – Saturday 16th Oct 2021 – 18 performances in total. (Two performances on Saturdays, no performances on Sundays or Mondays)

Location: Auditions will take place via Zoom, all other dates will take place at Alphabetti Theatre, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HP

 

CASTING BRIEF & CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

 

One – female, playing age 40-55 – White British.

Two – female, playing age 18-25 – South Asian.

Three – female, playing age 40-55 – Black British.

 

All actors must be based in the North East, ideally Newcastle and the surrounding areas. There is no additional accommodation or per diems budget so actors must have a base in the North East.  

 

Dance training is not needed but actors should feel comfortable with movement/physical work.

 

Creative team:

Produced by Alphabetti Theatre

Producers Esther Fearn & Ali Pritchard

Director Yolanda Mercy

Designer Ali Pritchard

Lighting Designer Andrea Scrimshaw

FEES:

This production is currently being run on an Equity Fringe Agreement, whilst we await a funding decision from Arts Council England. If funding is secured rates of pay and agreement will be upgraded to be in-line with Equity Small Scale agreement. 

 

Equity Fringe pay: A total fee of £1,925 (including holiday pay), equating to £350 per week for 5.5 35-hour working weeks.  

Equity Small Scale pay (if funding is successful): A total fee of £2,750 (including holiday pay), equating to £500 per week for 5.5 35-hour working weeks. 

 

Actors should only apply to audition if they are happy to work on an Equity Fringe Agreement. 

There is no additional accommodation or per diems budget so artist must have a base in the North East.  

 

ACCESS:

If you have access requirements, please specify these in your application email and we will strive to accommodate your needs wherever possible.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send your headshot and CV to programming@alphabettitheatre.co.uk by 12pm Monday 30th August 2021. All applicants will be contacted by Thursday 2nd September, and actors invited to audition will be allocated a 30 minute timeslot. If you have limited availability on the audition day (3rd Sept) please specify this in your application – we will strive wherever possible to accommodate.