We’re about to put out the call for our next round of Open Auditions in London.
If you want to get involved, simply send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘AUDITION MAILING LIST’ in the subject header. We email details to everyone on the list each time we announce new dates.
We’re one of the only companies who hold Open Auditions, and demand for places is really high. We had 1,350 actors apply for just 50 slots last time out, and the slots were snapped up within 10 minutes.
This inevitably means lots of disappointed people. We know some of you have applied multiple times and still not managed to get a slot. We’re really sorry about that; we wish we could see more people, but obviously time and space is finite.
We work it on a first-come-first-served basis. Next time out we have 90 slots available, so the first 90 emails we receive will get them. We keep the next 90 emails we receive on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
We think that’s a fair way of adminstering it, but if you’ve got a better idea that keep it fair and doesn’t make lots more work for our team here, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always up for hearing new ideas for making things better.
Open Auditions are our way of broadening our horizons when it comes to casting, and getting to meet actors we might not otherwise get to know. We split the PP team across three rooms and meet actors in pairs for a quick chat, and ask you to prepare a duologue from a play written in the last 15 years. At the end of the day we repair to the pub and talk about the actors who really caught our eye.
We’re not casting for anything specific, it’s just a chance for us to meet you, and for you to meet us. We employ around 50 actors per year, so of course we’ve got an eye on the productions we have coming up in the next year, and hoping to meet people who might be the right fit for one of our shows.
Three actors we met in Open Auditions have been cast in a PP productions: Ben Winger in JUICY FRUITS, Vivienne Gibbs in JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS and Rhys Isaac-Jones in NOT THE WORST PLACE. Many more have come in and met us for formal castings for shows off the back of a great Open Audition. We keep everyone’s details on file, and we look back on our notes on Open Auditions every time we cast a new show.
It’s one of our favourite ways to spend a day, meeting lots of great people and watching extracts of brilliant new plays.
If you want to come along to the next one, sign up to the mailing list, keep an eye on our Twitter feed. Godpseed on the buzzer. And if you don’t get a place this time, please keep trying, we’d love to meet you at some stage.
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