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FEMALE ACTORS Casting Opportunity (Paid)
Produced by Workie Ticket Theatre
Written By JoJo Kirtley with Alice Cree
About the project
‘Conflict, Intimacy and Military Wives: A Lively Geopolitics’ is a collaborative theatre-based research project between Newcastle University and Workie Ticket Theatre CIC, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project uses theatre to explore the impacts of military participation and war on personal relationships and family life with military spouses. We are producing a multimedia performance for stage, which will have both an ‘on stage’ component performed by actors and a recorded or live screening element performed by research participants (non-actors). This piece of theatre will be performed at Northern Stage in June 2022 and will reflect the findings of our research with the aim of engaging public audiences as well as key stakeholders.
About the play
This is a story of war, and of military life, but not as you’ve seen it before. Meet Roxie and Pen, two women whose colourful friendship goes beyond magnolia walls.
*Please be aware that the themes of ‘Magnolia Walls’ include: domestic abuse specifically, emotional abuse but also suicide, PTSD and racism.*
Roxie, 38, Army spouse, vibrant & outspoken. Former wild child; singer in a band but gave it up after falling pregnant. Now has teenage twin daughters. Roxie has Fibromyalgia which can affect her physical and emotional health on a daily basis. North East/Northern accent preferable but not essential.
Penelope (Pen), 45, Navy Officer’s wife who has recently left her husband and moved to Northumberland from Plymouth to live with her aunt. Her husband is emotionally and financially abusive. Nervous and at times clumsy, we see her develop real confidence within the play. Pen is a woman of colour; we hear about her experiences of racism within the armed forces and her struggle to be accepted as an Officer’s wife. Southern English accent preferable but not essential.
Both actors MUST have strong singing voices.
Actors must be able to multi-role.
We are looking for actors who are preferably North-East based but would consider ‘Northern’ or Scottish based actors.
Application deadline: 1 April 2022 Auditions: 12th April 2022, Venue tbc but in the North-East
First Read through: 25th April 2022, 7-9pm (online) Rehearsals: 8th June -22nd June 2022 (11 days with rest days TBA) Dress/Tech rehearsal: 23rd June 2022
Performance dates: 24th June & 25th June 2022, Northern Stage, Stage 2
Fee: £1500 for 14 days' work plus expenses (travel, accommodation if required)
Please send a CV/spotlight and showreel with headshot.
DRAMA FOR WELLBEING
The 'Drama for Wellbeing' programme will be a six session workshop programme approved by a psychologist to help participants move forward from trauma. Our workshops are designed to build confidence, encourage self-care techniques, improve resilience and set realistic goals by using theatre practices and drama activities.. Sessions are based around the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' pathways: Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice & Give. This model is used in the NHS and has been proven to help improve mental health and wellbeing. We delivered a set of taster sessions to female veterans who had told us that our theatre workshops had been instrumental to their Post Traumatic Growth. They really inspired this project along side other communities of women we have engaged with in the last two years locally to make theatre. We use the theatre techniques we have learned to help survivors of trauma find their voice, build new connections and relationships and build confidence to set and action future plans. These are always reciprocal relationships in which we learn so much from the women and their communities too. Our 'Drama for Well Being' programme engages with women's organisations and communities to answer the call to bare witness to women's stories. Delivered by a fully qualified drama practitioner.
Workie Ticket were invited to Lambton Street Youth Centre in Sunderland on 4th March 2022 to listen to Kim McGuinness launch her new plan - 'Fighting Poverty, Fighting Crime' - and we are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Operation Payback for our new project - #AllMenCan - Womxn Up!
Inspired by the White Ribbon campaign, to end male violence against women ‘together’, we will be delivering workshops centred on crime prevention and creating a response play for our podcast.
A huge thank you to Kim & her team. We can't wait to get started. And thanks to Kevin for showing us around the centre!
More details on this exciting project to come..!