Wednesday, 19 August 2015

We're delighted to announce that applications to perform in Macbrew, a new BSL show written and directed by James Varney, are now open for professional actors.

Macbrew is a roaming theatre piece that features a new take on the three weird sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The sisters are reimagined as three generations of a modern-day family: Pamela, Judye and Elizabeth, who wander streets and cafes while they search for Shakespeare’s living heir.

MacbrewThe piece is targeted primarily at deaf and family audiences and will incorporate BSL (British Sign Language) as part of the production. The performances at this stage (pilot production) will take place on the street and in cafes around Derby city centre as part of Derby Feste. There is also the possibility of Macbrew taking place on tour at other festivals next summer.

Parts of the performance will be scripted and take place in the cafes. Other parts will be performed on the street between cafes; these parts will be loosely scripted and improvised.

We are looking for three female actors to play the parts of Pamela, Judye and Elizabeth.


  • Playing age: 18-21
  • This part is for a BSL-using deaf actor
  • Elizabeth is the youngest and most reluctant member of the trio, but once she drops her guard, is just as enthusiastic as the other two in their quest
  • Once the heir is revealed she leads the taking of ‘Shakespeare selfies’, to share the sisters’ discovery online


  • Playing age: 40-50
  • This part is for a BSL fluent hearing actor
  • Judye is the most timid of the three, often finding it difficult to come to a confident decision without some outside encouragement
  • She is also the most psychically gifted of the group, and her gift comes in use in the search for Shakespeare’s heir


  • Playing age: 65-75
  • This part is for a hearing, English speaking actor and requires no knowledge of BSL
  • Knowledge of BSL may be useful during rehearsal but this will not be part of consideration for the part
  • Pamela is a retired midwife and the leader of the three sisters
  • Prone to telling slightly tall tales about her own encounters with Shakespeare, she is the orchestrator of the plan to discover the heir, and the most passionate fan of the bard

We will be auditioning actors in groups of three, with a pre-prepared extract from the script, and with an improvisation on a scenario given to you on the day of audition. We will be looking for how well you work in a group dynamic and think on your feet.

Auditions will take place on Monday 14 September at Derby QUAD (Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS).

Rehearsals will take place from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September, with eight pilot performances of the piece over two days at Derby Feste 2015 on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September. Each performance will be approximately 15 minutes long.

Successful applicants will be paid the Equity/ITC weekly rate of £440.

If you are interested in auditioning for one of these roles, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In your message, please mention which part you are interested in and attach your CV with a headshot.

Macbrew stage 1 (pilot production) is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Derby City Council, QUAD and 1623 theatre company.

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