Auditions for Lear/Cordelia pilot production
***APPLICATIONS FOR THIS CASTING CALL ARE NOW CLOSED***
|Type||Studio theatre pilot production|
|Roles||Lear (male playing 60+)
Cordelia (female playing 20-30)
Goneril (female playing 30-40)
Regan (female playing 30-40)
|Audition dates for Lear and Cordelia||Friday 15 July 2016|
|Audition dates for Goneril and Regan||Saturday 16 July 2016|
|Work schedule for Lear and Cordelia||19 September to 15 October 2016 and 17 to 19 November 2016|
|Work schedule for Goneril and Regan||Late August / early September 2016|
|Locations||Derby (auditions and rehearsals), Leicester and Derby (performances)|
|Fee||Above Equity minimum|
|Directors||Louie Ingham (Cordelia) and Ben Spiller (Lear)|
|Producer||Christopher Lydon, 1623 theatre company|
|Closing date for applications||Monday 27 June 2016, 5pm|
Lear/Cordelia is an experimental double-bill: a radical reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.
"I should know you"
: King Lear
Lear has dementia. His daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia never visit him. He forbids it, ever since he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?
Digital projection-mapping combines with Shakespeare and new writing to open up the emotional landscapes of a man with dementia and the woman who tries to reconnect with him.
Lear/Cordelia pilot production is based on 1623 theatre company’s research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research.
Supported by Arts Council England, Attenborough Arts Centre, Derby City Council, Derby Theatre and QUAD.
A national tour of the production is planned for Autumn 2017.
1623 believes that the people with whom we work, our audiences and our participants should be diverse. We embrace people of all abilities, ages, beliefs, genders, states of health, races, religions and sexualities.
Please do not take the above image as an indication of how we envisage the actors who will play Lear and Cordelia. It is a marketing image that is subject to change when casting has been completed.
We are looking for actors to play:
Lear and Cordelia appear live on stage in both parts of the double-bill.
Goneril and Regan appear in pre-recorded video footage projected onto the set.
What to expect in the audition
If you are selected to audition, we will send you short extracts from the Lear/Cordelia scripts. We would like you to be familiar with the extracts before the audition, when we will ask you to perform them and explore them through a range of short activities.
We would also like to get to know you and your work through a brief chat about your recent career highlights and what attracted you to this project.
The panel in the audition room will be:
You will be needed for a maximum of 90 minutes, in which time you will take part in two auditions that run for 20 minutes each.
There will be another actor in the room with you for each of your two auditions.
If you audition for the role of Lear, you will work with an actor auditioning for the role of Cordelia in your first audition, before you work with another actor auditioning for Cordelia in your second audition.
If you audition for the role of Cordelia, you will work with an actor auditioning for the role of Lear in your first audition, before you work with another actor auditioning for Lear in your second audition.
If you audition for the role of Goneril, you will work with an actor auditioning for the role of Regan in your first audition, before you work with another actor auditioning for Regan in your second audition.
If you audition for the role of Regan, you will work with an actor auditioning for the role of Goneril in your first audition, before you work with another actor auditioning for Goneril in your second audition.
In each of your two auditions, we will be looking for:
Friday 15 July 2016: auditions for Lear and Cordelia
Saturday 16 July 2016: auditions for Goneril and Regan
The audition venue will be in Derby city centre. If you are selected to audition, the details of the audition venue will be sent to you.
When you arrive at the audition venue, a member of 1623 staff will greet you and show you where you need to go.
Work schedule for actors playing Lear and Cordelia
Fee for actors playing Lear and Cordelia
Total fee: £2,520
Work schedule for actors playing Goneril and Regan
Fee for actors playing Goneril and Regan
Total fee: £210
These fees are above minimum rates recommended by Equity and the Independent Theatre Council. We will cover accommodation and travel costs in consultation with the actors.
Actors will need to confirm that they are registered as self-employed and will take responsibility for their own income tax and national insurance contributions.
How to apply
Make sure that the subject of your email is “Lear/Cordelia auditions”.
Closing date for applications is Monday 27 June 2016 at 5pm.