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Open Auditions: North Wales 2017

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Thursday 09 March 2017

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA
10am – 5pm

We’re really excited to announce our next round of open auditions in collaboration with Theatr Clwyd, Mold on Thursday 09 March.

We’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing. You can apply in pairs from now until 10am on 23 February and then we’ll randomly select 30 duos to see. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

– Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs.
– Register by filling in this form by 10am on Thursday 23 February. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance!
– If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Friday 24 February with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
– If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
– On the day, all you need is your Spotlight/CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
– We don’t accept applications from agents to give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, so if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we normally can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
– Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
– We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from us after your audition.
– Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at office@painesplough.com if you’re not sure about anything.
– Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs.

Open Auditions for Broken Biscuits

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Hull Truck Theatre – Thursday 30 June, 10am – 5pm 

Following on from the success of our Open Auditions in April we’re excited to announce that we are holding another round of auditions to find the stars of Tom Wells’ amazing new play BROKEN BISCUITS.

As we announced back in March, we’re co-producing the world premiere of Tom’s hilarious and heart-warming play with Live Theatre in October before it embarks on a national tour, including a visit to Hull Truck, until December 2016.

We regularly hold Open Auditions across the country just to meet new actors but they are usually general meetings. This time we’re looking for some specific people…

16-year-olds Megan, Ben and Holly are definitely not the cool kids. Holly’s into graphic novels and computers, Ben enjoys crochet and cross-stitch and Megan likes biscuits maybe a bit too much. They’ve just done their GCSEs and with a long summer holiday stretching ahead of them, Megan decides they have to make themselves cool. And there’s nothing cooler than being in a band.

So we’re hosting more Open Auditions in Hull to meet some amazing Megans, Bens and Hollys. Is it you? Check the details below and get in touch.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We’re auditioning for three specific roles, so please only apply if you genuinely believe you are right for the part. Here are the character breakdowns:

MEGAN: 16. A force of nature. It’s hard to get a word in edgeways with Megan. She’s a big personality and the leader of the three friends. She’s quick and smart with words, very funny with a dry sense of humour. Her bravado sometimes covers the fact she feels unsure of herself. She is bullied at school for being overweight.

HOLLY: 16. Holly is super smart and top of the class. She is painfully shy and feels most comfortable with Megan and Ben, or on her own with her much loved graphic novels or online. She is hoping to go on to study computing and learn code. Boys scare her.

BEN: 16. Ben is the only boy at school studying textiles. Sometimes he likes to wear a dress, which is mostly fine except his Mum’s new fella has two macho sons who might be moving in with them and Ben’s not sure how they will feel about it. He works part-time in the local old people’s home running arts and crafts sessions.

Sound like you? Great. Keep reading…

 

AGES

Please note you must be over the age of 16 to apply for an audition. There is no upper age limit but we are looking for actors who can play 16 so please only apply if your playing age is a fit for the characters.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email your CV to auditions@painesplough.com with ‘HULL’ and the name of the character you wish to audition for in the subject line. So if you want to audition for Megan your subject line should read HULL / MEGAN.

You must include your postal address in your email in order for us to allocate spaces fairly.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 17 June.

HOW WE WILL ALLOCATE PLACES

If we receive more applications than we have spaces, we will give priority to those with Hull postcodes. If any spaces are available following that, we will draw names at random from the remaining submissions until the places are filled. We will then draw up a reserve list – again at random – and should more spaces become available we will fill them from the reserve list.

WHEN WILL WE LET YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE GOT AN AUDITION?

We will email you to let you know if you have an audition, or if you are on the reserve list by 6pm on Wednesday 22 June.

WHAT TO PREPARE

When we email you to confirm your audition we will send you some text from the play to prepare.

WHO WILL YOU MEET AT THE AUDITION?

You’ll be meeting the director James Grieve and Assistant Producer Sofia Stephanou.

HOW LONG IS EACH AUDITION?

We want to meet as many people as we possibly can so each audition will be just a few minutes.

HOW THE AUDITIONS WILL WORK

We’ll have a chat, find out a bit about you, and then we’ll ask you to read the text from the play we sent you in advance. That’s it. Easy.

AGENT APPLICATIONS

Sorry, we don’t accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.

That’s because we want to maintain a fair system for everyone, including those actors who are unrepresented.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If we love what you do we’ll invite you back for another more in depth audition in the coming months. You will need to be available for the rehearsals and tour from September to December 2016.

Open Auditions for BROKEN BISCUITS

London – Monday 11 April, 10am – 6pm 
Newcastle – Friday 15 April, 10am – 6pm

We’re holding some open auditions to find the stars of Tom Wells’ amazing new play BROKEN BISCUITS.

As we announced yesterday, we’re co-producing the world premiere of Tom’s hilarious and heart-warming play with Live Theatre in October before it embarks on a national tour until December 2016.

We regularly hold Open Auditions across the country just to meet new actors but they are usually general meetings. This time we’re looking for some specific people…

16-year-olds Megan, Ben and Holly are definitely not the cool kids. Holly’s into graphic novels and computers, Ben enjoys crochet and cross-stitch and Megan likes biscuits maybe a bit too much. They’ve just done their GCSEs and with a long summer holiday stretching ahead of them, Megan decides they have to make themselves cool. And there’s nothing cooler than being in a band.

So we’re hosting Open Auditions in Newcastle and London to meet some amazing Megans, Bens and Hollys. Is it you? Check the details below and get in touch.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We’re auditioning for three specific roles, so please only apply if you genuinely believe you are right for the part. Here are the character breakdowns:

MEGAN: 16. A force of nature. It’s hard to get a word in edgeways with Megan. She’s a big personality and the leader of the three friends. She’s quick and smart with words, very funny with a dry sense of humour. Her bravado sometimes covers the fact she feels unsure of herself. She is bullied at school for being overweight.

HOLLY: 16. Holly is super smart and top of the class. She is painfully shy and feels most comfortable with Megan and Ben, or on her own with her much loved graphic novels or online. She is hoping to go on to study computing and learn code. Boys scare her.

BEN: 16. Ben is the only boy at school studying textiles. Sometimes he likes to wear a dress, which is mostly fine except his Mum’s new fella has two macho sons who might be moving in with them and Ben’s not sure how they will feel about it. He works part-time in the local old people’s home running arts and crafts sessions.

Sound like you? Great. Keep reading…

 

AGES

Please note you must be over the age of 16 to apply for an audition. There is no upper age limit but we are looking for actors who can play 16 so please only apply if your playing age is a fit for the characters.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email your CV to auditions@painesplough.com with the name of the city you wish to audition in and the character you wish to audition for in the subject line. So if you want to audition for Megan in Newcastle your subject line should read NEWCASTLE / MEGAN.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 7 April.

HOW WE WILL ALLOCATE PLACES

We want these auditions to be genuinely open so if we receive more applications than we have spaces we will draw names at random from the submissions until the places are filled. We will then draw up a reserve list – again at random – and should more spaces become available we will fill them from the reserve list.

WHEN WILL WE LET YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE GOT AN AUDITION?

We will email you to let you know if you have an audition, or if you are on the reserve list by 6pm on Thursday 7 April.

WHAT TO PREPARE

When we email you to confirm your audition we will send you some text from the play to prepare.

WHO WILL YOU MEET AT THE AUDITION?

You’ll be meeting the director James Grieve and Producer Hanna Streeter. Additionally in Newcastle you will meet Live Theatre Producer Graeme Thompson.

HOW LONG IS EACH AUDITION?

We want to meet as many people as we possibly can so each audition will be just a few minutes.

HOW THE AUDITIONS WILL WORK

We’ll have a chat, find out a bit about you, and then we’ll ask you to read the text from the play we sent you in advance. That’s it. Easy.

AGENT APPLICATIONS

Sorry, we don’t accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.

That’s because we want to maintain a fair system for everyone, including those actors who are unrepresented.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If we love what you do we’ll invite you back for another more in depth audition in the coming months. You will need to be available for the rehearsals and tour from September to December 2016.

Trainee Thursday: Bhavini

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6 months ago I found out that I was going be the Trainee Administrator at Paines Plough for a year funded through Creative Access, a charity that provide internships in the creative industries for ethnic minorities. Now I’m in the thick of my traineeship thinking ‘My word – 6 months already’!

I will always remember my first day, seeing Roundabout getting built in the High House in Thurrock, so excited to be there and see the workings of innovative geniuses get put together, meeting my colleagues for the first time and having absolutely no idea how enriched, busy and fabulous my life was going to become through working with Paines Plough. I’ve learned a helluva lot and have so much yet to learn, I have no idea where to start in my 6-month reflection; it’s all a bit much to fit in this humble space.

Working with such an intelligent and ambitious team has definitely pushed me and developed my skills as a professional and individual. It’s enriching and such an important experience to have – Paines Plough really value and nurture positive growth and I really value that in Paines Plough. We make great and inspiring work that goes all over the place. Hearing the reception we get in different pockets of the country always reinforces my belief in the power of theatre and storytelling.

I don’t usually do this but earlier this year I made a New Year’s resolution to see a lot more of this beautiful island – it is almost poetry that I managed to bag a yearlong internship with a theatre company that tours. I’ve been to see theatre all over the place and it’s been fantastic (although majorly gutted, as was the rest of the office that we didn’t go to the magical Highlands and Islands tour of EVERY BRILLIANT THING with James!). Experiencing both Latitude and Edinburgh the first time this summer was unforgettable. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting any of this. It has made my year so special.

One of my most favourite projects to work on so far has been the Paines Plough Open Auditions. I really admire and enjoy that we spend a few days a year meeting and getting to know as many actors as possible. I’ve really gotten a kick out of co-ordinating the Open Auditions for The Lowry and The Actors Centre (such a busy and fun day!) and am really excited to do the next round.

Looking forward I’m so excited to continue my work with Paines Plough and continue being part of an industry I admire so much. The work that Paines Plough does is SO important and I still occasionally have moments when I ask myself ‘Am I really here?’

In the wider sense of being a Creative Access intern, I am so grateful that I am a member of a movement to achieve more diversity within the creative industries and aim to use that as one of the driving forces of my work in Paines Plough and the subsidised theatre industry.

So bring on the next 6 months! Who knows what it will bring? Sign up to our fabulous newsletter on our homepage to find out ;).

B x

Open Auditions: Inside The Actors Centre

Team PP had a grand old time last week at our Open Auditions at The Actors Centre in London, seeing a stonking 180 actors across the day! A huge thank you to everyone who made their way there to meet us – it’s always fantastic to see new faces.

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One of our favourite things to do is a poll to find out who is the most popular contemporary playwright amongst our auditionees. This time round Simon Stephens was our winner by a whisker, followed by Laura Wade.

Rounding out the Top 5 (which is actually a Top 7 as some writers tied!) were Philip Ridley, Nick Payne, Jez Butterworth, Duncan Macmillan and Martin McDonagh.

There were nods to American playwrights Tony Kushner and Tarrell Alvin McCraney, and also Paines Plough alumni Dennis Kelly (AFTER THE END, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL), Abi Morgan (SPLENDOUR), Sarah Kane (CRAVE) and the more recent Sabrina Mahfouz (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK).

Have a browse through our Storify for more playwright picks and actors’ thoughts on the Open Audition format. We’re always blown away by the number of submissions we receive and recently changed the selection process to make it as fair as we can. If you weren’t successful this time, please keep trying!

Open Auditions at the Actors Centre, London

Paines Plough Open Auditions

Thursday 12 November 2015
The Actors Centre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP
10am – 6pm

We’re excited to announce our next round of open auditions in collaboration with The Actors Centre, London.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough on Thursday 12 November. We will see 180 actors (90 pairs), and these slots will be allocated through a random selection process. You can apply from now until noon on 19 October. We’ll then randomly select 90 pairs of auditionees from all those that applied. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ THE ACTORS CENTRE in the subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots – please bring a one page Spotlight printout or equivalent with you on the day.
– If you are selected to audition, we will email you back by Tuesday 20 October with an audition time.
– If you are not selected to audition, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,
George, James and all at Paines Plough

New system for Open Auditions

Tomorrow we’re going to announce our next London Open Auditions.

In the past we’ve always allocated space on a first-come-first-served basis, which meant a lot of fingers hovering over a lot of ‘send’ buttons. Places generally go within minutes – our last London open auditions saw 1,350 applicants for 90 places.

We’ve heard from some of you that the fastest finger first system is frustrating because work or other commitments mean you can’t be online at the exact moment we announce, and you therefore miss out.

So we’re changing things up this time and trialling a new system which we hope is fairer for everyone. This time there will be a window within which you can apply. Once the window closes, we’ll select people at random until the places are full, and we’ll then select a further group of people at random to populate the waiting list.

We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to apply, and that the selection process is fairer to everyone.

Remember, you need to sign up to our Open Auditions mailing list to receive details of the next date and how to apply.

So keep ‘em peeled for the announcement coming tomorrow, but this time there won’t be quite such a rush to get your application in.

Open Auditions at The Lowry, Salford

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our next round of open auditions at The Lowry, Salford. Roundabout pitches up at The Lowry as part of its national tour from 15 – 20 September.

We are looking to meet actors based in the Salford/Manchester area previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Thursday 17 September. We will see 60 actors (30 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ THE LOWRY in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are selected to audition, we will email you back by Wednesday 2 September with an audition time.
– If you are not selected to audition, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,

George, James and all at Paines Plough

Open Auditions: Beside the Seaside

This month our Roundabout theatre rocked up by the beaches of Brighton and we thought it would be a great place to host our Open Auditions.

Mike Bartlett was well represented and we saw duologues from BULL, COCK and AN INTERVENTION. Other snippets of Paines Plough alumnus included LITTLE LIGHT and REVOLT SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. by Alice BirchAFTER THE END by Dennis Kelly, BIRDLAND by Simon Stephens, NO QUARTER by Polly Stenham, 2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne and RAW by Chris O’Connell.

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SOME VOICES by Joe Penhall, PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES by Alan Ayckborn, STITCHING by Anthony Neilson, THERE’S A CITY IN MY MIND by Steve Dykes, HOT MESS by Ella Hickson, DI AND VIV AND ROSE by Anna Mackmin, POMONA by Alistair McDowall and KICKING A DEAD HORSE by Sam Shepard.

We also polled our auditionees and asked them to tell us their favourite contemporary playwright of the last 25 years. The range was huge from our good friend James Graham writer of THE ANGRY BRIGADE to Sabrina Mahfouz, whose play WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK will premiere at Latitude in July.

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There were also nods to home-grown talent Tom Wells (JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS), the work of Moira Buffini, and Torben Betts. Whilst flying the flag for Scotland we had Rona Munro and David Greig, and from further afield German playwright Marius Von Mayenburg, and American Tony Kushner.

That being said when we totted up the tally Dennis Kelly absolutely stormed it as the most popular playwright, followed by Simon Stephens.

An exciting, varied reading list we’re sure you’ll agree. Despite the weather’s best efforts we had a grand old time beside the seaside and really enjoyed meeting everyone, so thank you all for coming down.

Now, if you don’t mind we’re off to make a cuppa and settle down with the second draft of WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which has just arrived in our inbox…

Open Auditions at Roundabout in Brighton

Paines Plough Open Auditions
Monday 18 May 2015
Roundabout at Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG
10am – 6pm

We’re really excited to be holding our second round of open auditions for this year in the Roundabout, in Brighton. Roundabout pitches up in Regency Square for the duration of Brighton Festival from 2 – 24 May 2015.

We are looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough and our next meeting will be held on Monday 18 May. We will see 60 actors (30 pairs), and these slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be seen, please do the following:

– Find yourself a partner – we are auditioning people in pairs.
– Apply by sending ONE email with BOTH of your names to auditions@painesplough.com.
– Please put OPEN AUDITIONS @ ROUNDABOUT BRIGHTON in the Subject line.
– Do not send CVs, biogs or headshots as you can bring these with you on the day.
– If you are within the first 30 emails, we will email you back by Wednesday 6 May with an audition time.
– If you weren’t in the first 30 people to apply we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once we have confirmed your time, please prepare a 3 minute piece of dialogue in your pair from a play written in the last 15 years.

Please note:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, we will not be able to see you this time round.
– We do not accept applications from agents. If you have an agent, you must still apply yourself using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. You will not be able to request a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– We will retain a waiting list and will notify you if you are on this waiting list.
– If you are allotted a time but for any reason cannot make the appointment please let us know ASAP by emailing office@painesplough.com. If you fail to turn up to your allotted slot without letting us know in advance, you will not be able to audition at future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We will not accept any emails sent to any email address other than auditions@painesplough.com.
– Due to the large volume of people we are seeing, we will not be able to offer feedback.
– We are not casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can have you in mind for future productions.

For more information, please download our FAQs.

Best wishes,

George, James and all at Paines Plough