CASTING CALL: MALE PERFORMER FOR ‘RABBIT GIRL & THE SEARCH FOR WONDER’
154 seeks to engage a male performer for the development and national touring of ‘Rabbit Girl & The Search for Wonder’ – we are particularly keen to hear from actors who identify as being from a South Asian background.
A new storytelling production for children aged 3 to 8 and their families – this is a new production for small-scale theatre spaces and non-traditional community venues.
About 154 Collective:
154 Collective is an international, multi artform group, including Painters, Writers, Theatre Makers, Photographers, Animators, Dancers and Musicians. We create work in an array of artforms including theatre, exhibitions, publications, music albums and public art. We seek to tell stories from unusual and fun perspectives, exploring how the collaboration of artists and artforms can influence process and presentation.
Committed to involving audiences in the development of all our work, we find innovative ways to open up our process and provide ways for audiences to become co-authors in our work.
About ‘Rabbit Girl & The Search for Wonder’:
Rabbit Girl and the Search for Wonder is an immersive multi art form play which combines puppetry, performance, live music and animation to create a magical and intimate experience for an audience of up to 40.
Something impossible has happened, something no one saw coming. So Rabbit Girl and her Dad have done what they do best – pulled on their boots, packed their tent and headed off into the wilderness. Join them around the campfire to hear about some pretty awesome stories about some pretty awesome adventures.
This production is a commission from Creative Scene, the Creative People and Places project for North Kirklees (www.creativescene.org.uk), created for the On Tour project and then wider touring to small-scale venues and community spaces. From the outset of the project, it has always been a key aim for both 154 Collective and Creative Scene to ensure that this work would fully reflect and represent the cultural diversity of the area in which it was commissioned.
Established by Creative Scene, On Tour is a partnership project with 5 community spaces and non-traditional venues in North Kirklees to programme high quality performance in the area, enabling families to access some of the best touring work on their doorstep.
In 2017, Creative Scene commissioned 154 Collective to undertake an R&D process to explore their ideas for Rabbit Girl and begin researching the stories they would use. In the summer, artist Fabric Lenny, writer/director Dan Mallaghan and musician Nick Lewis toured libraries across the Kirklees district running workshops with families. The artists worked closely with families to develop, ideas, stories and characters for the production.
One of the outcomes of the R&D was a short animated visual storyboard which can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/214293387
Please also see the Projects pages of our website, particularly ‘The Adventures of Walter Lemonface’ and ‘Cardboard Joe & The Book of Mysteries’ for a sense of the kind of family work we create: http://154collective.co.uk/projects
Director: Dan Mallaghan
Character Profile: ‘Dad’
We are looking to Cast the role of ‘Dad’, we require a male actor with experience in devising and improvisation to play this role – we are particularly keen to hear from actors who identify as being from a South Asian background.
Playing Age: We are not predefining the age of this character, only that he can believably play the father of an 8-year-old.
Professional touring and performance experience
Comfortable with devising, improvisation and script work
Ability to stay in character whilst facilitating audience interaction
Experience in Interactive Theatre
Workshopping new writing
Experience in performing work for children and families
Experience of theatre that uses music and multiple artforms
Small-scale touring experience
Mon 8 to Fri 12 Oct 2018 – Development week 1 – Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Mon 15 to Fri 19 Oct 2018 – Development week 2 – Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Mon 22 to Fri 26 Oct 2018 – Development week 3 – Dewsbury & Batley, West Yorkshire
Tues 30 Oct – Shows – Northorpe Hall, Mirfield
Wed 31 Oct – Shows – Batley Bulldogs
Thur 1 Nov – Shows – Thornhill Sports & Community Centre, Dewsbury
Fri 2 Nov – Shows – Healey Community Centre, Batley
Sat 3 Nov – Shows – Birstall Community Centre
Sun 4 Nov – Shows – Junction, Cambridge
Sat 10 Nov – Shows – Mind the Gap Studios, Bradford
Fri 1 Feb – Re-rehearsal day – ARC Stockton
Sat 2 Feb – Shows – ARC Stockton
Sun 3 Feb – Shows – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Mon 18 Feb – Shows - Full House Festival, Luton
Wed 20 Feb – Shows – The Dukes, Lancaster
Sat 2 Mar – Shows – Lancashire Libraries
Sun 3 Mar – Shows – Lancashire Libraries
Sat 9 Mar – Shows – location tbc
Sun 10 Mar – Shows location tbc
Sat 16 Mar – Shows – Harrogate Theatre
Sun 24 Mar – Shows – The Civic, Barnsley
(most performance days will be 2 shows in a day, occasionally 3)
W/c 8 Oct - £550
W/c 15 Oct - £550
W/c 22 Oct - £550
W/c 29 Oct (performance week) - £550
Thereafter, £150 per performance day (travel and accommodation for performances will be arranged and paid for by the Company)
£110 re-rehearsal day
No per diems will be paid.
This is a freelance engagement and the Performer is responsible for payment of any tax or national insurance payments due as a consequence of this.
We will be holding auditions in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 11 September
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:
All CVs must arrive by 10am on Tuesday 28 August.
We will contact people we would like to invite to audition by Tuesday 4 September – if you have not heard from us by this time, please assume we will not be asking you to attend audition.