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AUDITION DATES: 7th, 10th, 11th & 14th September 2022. See below for further details.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Tues 24th January – Sun 29 January 2023
VENUE: St Mary’s Barnes
“All hail Macbeth that shall be King hereafter…”
With these portentous words, the three witches seal the fate of not only the Thane of Glamis himself but also all the others whom Macbeth will dispose of on the way to fulfilling their deadly prophecy.
Following the success of our acclaimed four-person adaptation of the Scottish Play – Macbeth: Sleep No More – we will be performing a special expanded version of this widely-studied Shakespeare classic that retells the old story of the 11th Century Scottish King and examines the physical and psychological damage done by political ambition, both to those who seek power for its own sake and to those who get in their way…
Staged against the ancient stones and atmospheric backdrop provided by the centuries-old church, St Mary’s Barnes, this electrifying new adaptation of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy features a certain amount of original material, but nevertheless remains true to its source, both in tone and content.
Rehearsals will begin in October. They will all take place in Barnes, SW13, and will be held on one weekend afternoon, and two weekday evenings from then on, although not all actors will be required for each rehearsal.
We will move into the church during the week before the show (the week beginning Monday 16th January) and will then be rehearsing on Friday evening and most of the day on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd (Tech), with the Dress Rehearsal taking place on Monday 23rd. The FULL cast will be required for these final rehearsals.
The ensemble will play a vital role in this production and will need to function as a close-knit team throughout. Among other things, ensemble members may be required to fight (under the guidance of an experienced Fight Director), dance, and sing together!
With this in mind, the auditions will be held in small groups and will take roughly two hours each. They will begin with a few group activities, then there will be time for questions about the production etc before a tea break during which you will have time to read through some scenes. After tea, you will then run through those scenes with your fellow auditionees in a variety of combinations!
Auditions will take place in the church itself on the following dates:
- Wednesday 7th September from 6-8pm
- Saturday 10th September from 1.30-3.30pm
- Saturday 10th September from 4-6pm
- Sunday 11th September from 1-3pm
- Sunday 11th September from 3.15-5.15pm
- Wednesday 14th September from 6-8pm
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST PRE-BOOK YOUR AUDITION SLOT HAVE IT CONFIRMED, AS WE WILL NOT BE THERE IF WE ARE NOT EXPECTING ANYONE AT THAT TIME!
If you wish to audition for this production, please choose a date and time slot from the list above, then fill out the form below! We will get back to you to confirm ASAP and, as is company policy, everyone who auditions will also receive a follow-up email to let them know the results once all auditions have been held and the production cast.
- Both productions will take place in the open air at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, London, England SM4 5JD.
- Rehearsals will take place both at Morden Hall Park and in Barnes SW13. We cannot offer any travel expenses, so please consider whether or not these locations will work for you.
- We have a Box Office split arrangement with Morden Hall Park, which means that actors will be paid a share of the profits, rather than a flat fee. Our books are open for any member of the company to see at any time, and every production we have previously staged on this basis has made enough money to allow us to pay each of our actors something, but there are no guarantees, so again please consider if this arrangement is right for you before committing.
- As you will see below, Diamond Days takes place in the evening, St George’s Quest during the daytime. Each production requires different strengths from the actors, so please take a look at the information for the individual shows below and then get in touch!
at Morden Hall Park, National Trust – Sat 18th & Sun 19th June at 6pm
In this record-breaking Royal Jubilee year, journey back in time to Queen Victoria’s reign, June 1897, and experience the last Royal Diamond Jubilee (the longest rule, before our own Queen Elizabeth II) for yourself!
A fascinating presentation by three estimable – and opinionated! – Victorian journalists on the exciting events of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Hear the Queen’s own thoughts on the day, enjoy the reaction of the cheering crowds, sing the songs that were sung, and indulge your tastebuds while listening to eyewitness reports from the people who were lucky enough to be there…
- We are looking for three actors to play the journalists, two to play well-known Victorian actors, and one to play Queen Victoria herself. Each may find themselves having to improvise a little, while interacting with the audience.
- A good singing voice would be an advantage – and any talent with an instrument would be brilliant. Neither, however, are essential!
- This full-length play takes place at 6pm and has a running time of around 2-2.5 hours.
St George's Quest
at Morden Hall Park, National Trust – Sat 30th July & Monday 1st August, throughout the Day from 10am-5pm
A terrible dragon has been terrorising the village of Highcross, taking first their livestock and then their children. Young Sir Henry, the eldest son of local lord, Sir William of Highcross, was the last to die and since then the village has given up hope. Today, however, it is hoped that a courageous new challenger will step up and change their fortunes forever…
St George’s Quest takes participants of all ages – Challengers – on an adventure through the Rose Garden at Morden Hall Park, where they will interact with several interesting characters (including the Blacksmith, the Wise Woman, the Squire, and the Shepherd), take on challenges, and solve a variety of riddles and puzzles, arming themselves to finally face the dragon. Those who are victorious will be awarded a prize and knighted by St George himself!
- Actors will be given character profiles and certain snippets of script and particular pieces of information that they will need to learn and share with each of the Challengers who come to see them throughout the day. The rest of their interaction with the Challengers will be improvised and unpredictable, so while there is less line-learning to do, you will need to be extremely confident with improvisation and comfortable dealing directly with members of the public of all ages.
- A current DBS certificate would be very helpful but is not essential.
- This production takes place continually throughout the day (with the first performance slot currently scheduled for 10.30am and a lunch break at around 1pm), finishing by 5pm at the latest.
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How to apply
To audition for one or both of these productions, please fill in this form – LINK – and we’ll get back to you!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org