Casting Theatre Auditions: Beowulf (Brixham, Devon)

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Published on 28/06/2022


Please contact or message our page directly, ASAP to arrange an audition.
We had a fabulous audition day today, and cast some incredible people; however we still have some roles open. These are suitable for male or female actors , aged 16 to 75.
All levels of experience most welcome. Actors should be based in the Devon area because of the need to attend rehearsals and performances in the South Devon region including Brixham, Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay, as well as streaming globally online as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2023.
Action scenes are strictly choreographed by our fight trainer, and all training is included in rehearsal time.
The show is a family friendly adaptation of the epic poem of Beowulf.
The show director, Laura Jury, is one of four theatre directors nationally who is on Equity's Directors & Designers Committee, and the project is run to Equity "best practice" for fairness and everyones wellbeing.
Please note that the full cast / character & poster photoshoot / promo, taking place in August, will involve working with a live (tame) raven sat on wrist or shoulder, for all who are comfortable to do so. Please let us know if you are not comfortable working with a bird for the photoshoot, so that we can ensure you are still fully included.
As things stand at time of writing all actors will receive an equal share of money made from ticket sales for the performances (inclusive of streaming), as well as character photoshoots, copies of all press featuring you, videos for show/ demo-reels, and references. We are also putting in an Arts Council bid, to "up" the financial payments to Equity rates, and if that is approved then everyone is automatically upgraded.
For those newer to acting; all credits with us (whether profit-share or "proper" rate) count towards Spotlight registrations allowing newer actors to professionally register and then apply for agents and bigger castings. The payments (however much it is) can also count towards your Equity membership application.
Rehearsals for this show take place on Wednesdays 7pm - 9/ 9.30pm, and Sundays 1pm - 4 / 4.30pm at Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, TQ5 0SA.
Performances take place on various Fridays/ Saturdays in November and early December 2022.
We are casting the following actors. (most actors in our show play more than one role. This is the expected lineup of roles for each actor, but this can be tweaked a little as well)
None of the roles involve nudity or bad language.

The roles:

OPEN ROLE Actor 1 Waegumund,(can be played male or female) Age 16 - 50., Waegumund one of Beowulf's most trusted warriors. Will appear frequently in the show, not a lot of lines. Will also take on some smaller one scene roles for other warrior/ lord characters, including Thorsten, and Hunforth. Will have some action scenes.

OPEN ROLE; Actor 2: Grudrun/ Hygd , playing age 18-40 Playing Gudrun (Beowulf's mother, herself a tough shieldmaiden) in the prologue scenes, then later as other warriors, and ideally (though not critically) also take on Hygd, the wife or partner of Hygelac, ruler of the Geats (Beowulf's people). Her roles are intelligent, tough, and Hygd is gentle as well. This will involve action scenes for Gudrun, and reactive to action, in the other smaller warrior "crowd" scenes.
Playing age for Grudrun is 18 - 30, general warriors can be any age, if also playing Hygd, will be madeup to play 30s/ 40s.

OPEN ROLE Actor 3: (Can be male or female, any age). Angelm & storyteller/ - there is a lot to do with those roles including moving the story forward with passages of the Beowulf poem, lookout -thane (watching for ships on the cliffs), Eadgils (Swedish royal refugee), plus various warriors with background action scenes.

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