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Casting Call for Under the Bed.

154 Collective seeks two female performers for the upcoming development and presentation of Under the Bed – a new production combining performance, puppetry, live music, live animation and paper cut projection.

The production itself is a two-hander between an adult and child actor, however these performances will be supported by three live musicians and two animators who will also ‘tour’ with the show.

About Under the Bed

Under the Bed is a co-commission between ARC Stockton and Theatre in the Mill Bradford supported by Arts Council England. 

When Alice is stolen away in the middle of the night by her mum she has no idea what is happening. Scared, confused and angry, Alice finds herself in a strange house, forbidden to leave, arguing with her mum during the day and hiding under her covers from the strange noises at night.  

Told using performance, music, live animation and film, Under the Bed is a compelling new play about childhood trauma and what happens when nightmares are indistinguishable from reality.

Within the production, the exact nature of the trauma is never revealed, we intend to handle this sensitively with our audiences, creative team and, in particular, the young performer. 

About 154 Collective

154 Collective is a group of international artists from a wide range of art forms including painters, performers, musicians, photographers, writers, digital artists, dancers and animators, creating exciting new work which crosses a variety of art forms. 

Formed in 2011, 154 Collective is led by Artist and Filmmaker Fabric Lenny, Writer and Performer Dan Mallaghan and Photographer and Animator Yvonne Roberts supported by Creative Producer Ben Rothera. 154 are interested in working in all areas of the Arts including theatre, film, photography, exhibitions and publications and, where possible, blurring the boundaries between them. At its heart it seeks to portray stories, events and places from new and unusual perspectives in a rich, playful, thought-provoking and often challenging way.

www.154collective.co.uk

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Dates of engagement:

Monday 19 to Friday 24 October 2015 – Rehearsal – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October – Rehearsal – ARC Stockton-on-Tees

Monday 2 November – Dress & Tech – ARC Stockton-on-Tees

Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 November – Performances at ARC Stockton-on-Tees

Friday 6 & Saturday 7 November – Performances at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Thursday 12 November – Performance at Canada Water Culture Space, London

 

Character profile: MUM

We are looking to Cast the role of ‘Mum’, we require a female actor with experience in devising, improvisation and puppetry to play this role.  We are not predefining the age of this character, only that she can believably play the mum of an 8-year-old.

Essential:

  • Professional touring experience
  • Comfortable with devising, improvisation and script work
  • Ability to work with a child actor

Desirable:

  • Small scale studio touring experience
  • Workshopping new writing
  • Experience working with a child actor
  • Experience of visual theatre/ theatre that uses multiple artforms in storytelling

Fee: £475 per week

154 Collective will provide accommodation in Bradford, Stockton-on-Tees and London. 

Audition dates:

First round: Tuesday 28 July in Bradford 

Call backs: Tuesday 4 August in Bradford 

Unfortunately we are not able to cover travel expenses to attend audition

To apply:

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send an up to date CV with a covering email confirming your availability for ALL the audition and engagement dates listed above to: 154collective@gmail.com 

Closing date: All CVs must arrive by 12noon on Monday 20 July. 

We will contact all candidates we would like to meet by 5pm on Friday 24 July – if you have not heard from us by this time, please assume we will not be asking you to attend audition.

 

Character profile: ALICE

We are looking to Cast the role of ‘Alice’, we require a young female performer with an enthusiasm for drama and storytelling, and ideally some experience of performance at either a professional level or in a community/education setting.

Essential:

  • Playing age: 8 years old 
  • Interest in/ knowledge of a range of fairytales
  • Interest in drama/performance
  • Ability to convey a range of emotions
  • Confident working in a team with adult performers
  • Some experience of working with and learning scripts/text

Desirable:

  • Some experience of acting and performance; either professional or in a community/education setting
  • Improvising skills
  • A parent/guardian/carer available to accompany the performer at specific times in the process (details will be discussed at audition)

Fee: TBC, but not less than recommended industry standard rates.

154 Collective will provide accommodation in Bradford and Stockton-on-Tees.

Audition date:

Tuesday 4 August in Bradford.

A parent/ guardian/carer must be in attendance throughout the audition and available to chat to a member of the production team.

Unfortunately we are not able to cover travel expenses to attend audition

To apply:

If you wish for your child/ a child you support to be considered for this role, please send an up to date CV/ statement about their experience and why they are interested in this opportunity; along with a covering email confirming their availability for ALL the audition and engagement dates listed above to: 154collective@gmail.com  

Closing date: All CVs/information must arrive by 12noon on Sunday 26 July.

We will contact everyone we would like to meet by 5pm on Wednesday 29 July – if you have not heard from us by this time, please assume we will not be asking you to attend audition.