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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.

www.154collective.co.uk

Twitter: @154collective

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.

Essential:

Professional touring and performance experience

Excellent storyteller

Comfortable with devising, improvisation and script work

Ability to stay in character whilst facilitating audience interaction

Desirable:

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 

 

Dates:

2018:

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

 

2019:

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)

 

Fee: 

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. 

Terms: 

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.

Audition dates:

We will be holding auditions in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 11 September

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: 

154castingcall@gmail.com 

Closing date:

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. 

Big Walt in Barnsley

Team Walter at Civic Barnsley - images Yvonne Roberts

A great gig today at the Civic in Barnsley as the 'Big Carrot Tour' continues with Walter Lemonface at the Helm. A lovely audience and a wonderful setting....

Bird Totem - Starting to build

 Day one of construction

Day one of construction

Today saw the first day of fabrication of our latest public art commission 'Tint Tin Tin', a 4m tall sculptural work constructed from Stainless Steel. The sculpture has been commissioned by Barnsley Metropolitan District Council in association with Beam and celebrates the rich history and imagery of the Barnsley Canister Company. Construction continues over the coming weeks and installation follows later in the summer.

Concept Design Indicating Scale

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

@154Collective

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.