StoneCrabs Theatre is looking for actors for Playdoh, StoneCrabs Young Directors’ Online Research & Development Session

CASTING CALL CLOSED 

Actors required for 7 hours across 3 sessions that can be decided between director and actor on appointment.

FEE: £150.

To apply please send an email to the director of the play you would like to be considered for (supplied with the breakdown below).

With: Your current CV, photo and Your self-tape (contact the director of the play you would like to be considered for and they will email you script section for the self-tape).

Tell us: which role you would like to be considered for, your mobile number and availability for audition and R&D work.

Scroll down for full breakdown and contact details for each director.


TUESDAYS AT TESCO’S by Emmanuel Darley, Adapted by Sarah Vermande and Matthew Hurt, Directed by Harry Hancock

To apply, please contact [email protected] by Wednesday, 24 July

Pamela: Black, Trans-womxn.
Playing Age: mid-thirties (other ages also considered)
Physicality: Any
Desirable: Northern England background

About the play:
Every Tuesday Pam goes to Tesco’s with her recently widowed father. She is the dutiful daughter and tries desperately to get dad out of his slump. That’s easier said than done as her father refuses to recognise Pam’s gender and we discover what lies at the roots of their relationship.

Tuesdays at Tesco’s is an exploration of generational divides, trans identity and family. We are looking to bring this production right into 2020 and give space to the one of the most marginalised communities in society.


MY FRIEND DUPLICITY by Enda Walsh, Directed by Bellaray Bertrand-Webb

To apply, please contact [email protected] by Wednesday 24 July

Ferghal: Black, Caribbean, male (1st generation immigrant)
Playing Age: 40-60 years old
Physicality: Any
Essential: Caribbean accent

Jean: Black or mixed race, British-Caribbean, female (2nd generation immigrant)
Playing Age: 20-30 years old
Physicality: Any
Essential: London accent

About the play:
Set in Trellick Tower in the 80’s, in a room Ferghal and Jean regularly meet in. Two people from different generations, share the undecided nature of their identity. Are they British? Or are they Caribbean?

Their conversations battle between succumbing to their bleak reality and the need to transcend it. One must find sanctuary in dreams and delusions, while the other is frightened of the imaginary world and craves for something real. It is a play about loneliness and companionship, despair and hope, alienation and belonging.


HEATHER  by Thomas Eccleshare, Directed by John Livesey

To apply, please contact  [email protected] by Wednesday 24 July

A: 
Ethnicity: Black or Mixed Race
Gender: Male
Playing Age: late 20s (other ages also considered)
Desirable: The play features non naturalistic dialogue and monologue. Willingness to experiment with movement, delivery and text are essential.

B
Ethnicity:
 White
Gender: Female
Playing Age: late 20s (other ages also considered)
Desirable: The play features non naturalistic dialogue and monologue. Willingness to experiment with movement, delivery and text are essential.

About the play:
Heather explores the exchanges of a children’s writer and their publisher. However, when a strange and sinister secret is revealed, both characters are forced to face their prejudices. This is a short, experimental play about truth, identity and art. It asks pressing questions and does not shy away from bold statements


HOUSE by Somalia Seaton, Directed by Jessica Mensah

To apply, please contact [email protected] by Friday 24th July 2020.

Mum: Black Nigerian, Female
Age: late 40’s to early 50’s
Accent: A naturalised British-Nigerian accent
Skills: Must be able to sing and harmonise
Mum is a devoted Pentecostal Christian. She attends a Nigerian church. She can be quite stern when talking to her daughters. Any mention of the past or memories makes her feel uncomfortable and quite reluctant to share. She also has a health condition.

About the play:
“You walk back into this house and… the walls come tumbling down behind you”

It is Mum’s birthday; elder daughter Patricia returns to the house after 5 years of absence since the incident. Patricia hopes to reconcile with her mother who believed she was only ever following the word of God and the teachings of the Nigerian church. However, mum is not ready to answer any questions or let the past back into her life. Younger sister Jemima cherishes the memories built in this house and seeks her own answers from both Patricia and Mum.

House is a play about family, religion, sisterhood, memories and truth.


SINGLE BLACK FEMALE by Lisa B Thompson, Adapted and Directed by Simonne Mason

To apply, email [email protected] by 24th July 2020.

Single Black Female 1
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Black
Playing Age: 30 – 40
Comfortable with movement and being able to switch between male and female characters quickly

Single Black Female 2
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Black
Playing Age: 30 – 40
Comfortable with movement and being able to switch between male and female characters quickly

About the play:
Single Black Female is a two-hander that explores the lives of 2 black women who are middle class in their 30s. They tell us stories of their search for love, introduce the audience to lessons that they learned from family and friends as well as an overarching theme of discussing attitudes towards marriage and black love. The play was originally set in America but we are doing a version set in the UK. I am looking for two black female actresses with the ability to easily switch into different characters naturally within a conversation.


BIEDERMANN AND THE ARSONISTS by Max Frisch, Directed by Miranda Mackay

To apply, please contact [email protected] by Saturday 25/07/2020.

Gottllieb Biedermann: Male, White, playing age 35-60.
A successful small-time businessman. Polite, cowardly, blustering, dishonest, painfully middle-class; nervous energy and clammy hands.

Schmitz: Male, any ethnicity, playing age 20-40.
Ex-wrestler turned arsonist. Physically strong and stocky with a gentle manner. Polite, sharp,
deceptively childlike and innocent.

Eisenring: Any gender, any ethnicity, playing age 20-40.
Ex-waiter turned arsonist. Smooth, manipulative, friendly, unpredictable, quick-witted, silver-tongued, sly.
Strong character actors preferred, experience with comedy will be helpful.

About the play:
Biedermann and the Arsonists is a black comedy about fear and wilful ignorance in the face of disaster. When two strangers invite themselves into Biedermann’s home, he immediately suspects that they’re going to burn it down with him and his family inside. Even when the truth is staring him in the face, he just can’t bring himself to do anything about it.


LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS by ‌Sam‌ ‌Steiner, ‌Directed by‌ ‌Robyn‌ ‌Horne

To apply, please email [email protected] by Sunday 26th July 2020.

Bernadette
Gender: Female
Playing age: 25-35
Height: Any
Ethnicity: Any
Appearance: Any
Description: Bernadette is a hard-working people-pleaser. Rational and uptight, occasionally over-bearing, preoccupied and cold. Often evades conflict in her emotional life through focus on career success.

Oliver
Gender: Male
Playing age: 25-35
Height: Any
Ethnicity: Any
Appearance: Any
Description: An activist and musician Oliver is a bit of a free spirit. Charming, passionate and emotional. Often self-righteous and judgemental; has a fairly fragile ego.

About the play:
Sam Steiner’s
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons follows the relationship of new couple, Bernadette and Oliver, at a time when the government has imposed a 140 daily word limit on all citizens. This relationship as a lens through which to explore ideas about censorship, oppression, free speech and the modern day over-saturation of information. 

The potency of this piece lies in its ability to charm, humour and entertain audiences whilst simultaneously provoking challenging questions about the relationship between citizen and state. It is particularly pertinent to explore such questions in 2020, a time when the government’s influence over and control of our everyday lives is so glaringly  evident.


CHEF by Sabrina Mahfouz, Directed by Vicky Olusanya

To apply, please contact [email protected] not later than noon Monday 27 July

Chef
Ethnicity: BAME actor
Gender: Female
Playing Age: late 20s – early 30s
Accent: South London

Must be: Available on the 5th of September

Desirable: Background in physical theatre/movement work and is keen on working in a collaborative rehearsal process

About the play:
Chef is a poetic piece about an incarcerated woman that runs her prison’s kitchen whilst she serves time there. Through the mouth-watering dishes of her cookbook, Chef questions our attitudes to food, relationships and life choices.


SECRET THOUGHTS by David Lodge, Adapted and Directed by Paloma Jacob-Duvernet

To apply, please contact [email protected] not later than noon Saturday 8th August.

Helen Reed
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Playing Age: 45 – 55
About the character: Attractive, grieving looking for a start over, lost of confidence, courageous, smart, creative, natural, curious.

Ralph Messenger
Ethnicity:
Any
Gender: Male
Playing Age: 45 – 55
About the character: Charismatic, boastful, headstrong, direct, confident, sense of humour, very rational, like to challenge.

Desirable: Background in physical theatre/movement work and is keen on working in a collaborative rehearsal process

About the play:
Two disciplines, two opposite perspectives on one puzzling mystery: the nature of consciousness. Helen Reed is a novelist and visiting lecturer in creative writing at Harrogate university, where Professor Ralph Messenger leads the research programme at the cognitive science institute. He studies the content of the mind in order to confer consciousness to robots. She creates fictional characters in the attempt to understand what goes in other people’s minds. At the crossroad between public lecture and secret diary, our two protagonists play an exciting and no-holds-barred chess match.


Playdoh research & development project is part of the StoneCrabs Young Directors Online Training Programme and funded by the Arts Council of England through National Lottery Players

Further queries contact us on [email protected]