Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

Published 15 March, 2010 by Kyla

Well Worn is Auditioning!

Well Worn Theatre is looking for four brilliant and boisterous actors/actresses to help create and perform in our brand-spanking-new Climate Change Action Play. We have landed a lovely little chunk of funding to perform this play in 150 primary schools in Gauteng throughout 2010. The play forms part of our Climate Change Action Programme which encourages each school to save energy, water, reduce waste and ‘Think Green’ in their everyday activities. The new play will be loosely based on the original version but with a very cool revamp and the addition of an interactive Energy Bike and Solar Tricycle for the kids (and actors) to get stuck into. The play will have a soccer theme too (Of course it will. What doesn’t have to have a soccer theme these days…) but the main themes will be climate change, energy and sustainable living with a heavy focus on everyday solutions for schools and kids to achieve.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • 4 Actors, male/female, aged 20-35 years. They will make up two teams of two and should be interchangeable so that all 4 actors are comfortable performing with each other.
  • Actors need to be highly creative, have experience of devising new work, be good movers and sharp thinkers and have a boundless reserve of energy and vitality on stage. This play is for kids, to make a big impression on them, and kids can sniff an insincere and tired performance a mile away.
  • Actors need to have a good grasp of English although other languages will also come in useful.
  • Actors need to be willing to commit themselves to being in Jo’burg for at least the next year or until we have reached 150 schools, whichever comes first. This doesn’t mean you can’t do other jobs for this year, performances will be mornings only and that’s why we have two teams, to cover each other when unforeseen circumstances arise, but this project will have to stay your big priority for 2010 and until we reach our 150 mark. We can negotiate time off for other work between us as we go.
  • Actors with own cars are preferable.
  • Actors need to have a strong work ethic and a flexible, approachable nature. You will be visiting many different schools in totally diverse areas of Gauteng (some rural, some urban) and actors who can ADAPT to these diverse performance spaces, circumstances and audiences would be most valuable to Well Worn.
  • Actors should ideally have some interest or knowledge of the subject (Climate Change/Energy) and, if not, at least be willing to learn more about it and get in touch with their inner hippy/activist. It helps to be able to walk your talk when communicating this stuff to kids.
  • Actors need to invoice monthly for the shows they have appeared in in order to get paid so some admin capabilities would be welcomed.

What Well Worn is offering:

  • A six week R&D and rehearsal period starting 1st April 2010. R3 000/actor per week.
  • R1 000/actor per show with each actor performing in at least 75 shows over the next year or until we have visited 150 schools, whichever comes first.
  • R200 per actor per follow-up visit with each actor performing approximately 35 follow-up visits each (Each school needs to have a repeat drop-in visit from one of the actors they saw in the show, just to rekindle their enthusiasm…)
  • Each show is 45 mins long with no more than two shows a day.
  • Follow-up visits will be no more than 20 minutes.
  • A warm, supportive, relaxed and ethical employer for the next year who values people and artists more than profit and wants to contribute towards a juicy future for South Africa and the world. Check out the rest of our website to get a feel for our tone and style.

If this project appeals to you, please don’t hesitate to send your CV and a letter of interest to kylalliandavis@gmail.com and I will contact you for a workshop audition later in March.

Very much looking forward to hearing from you!

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