CASTING CALL - COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Bruiser Theatre Company require 3 actors (either male or female) to join their team for their 2023 “Bruiser In A Box” autumn production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield under the direction of Artistic Director, Lisa May. The production will tour to schools and colleges throughout the province with accompanying educational workshops and resources.
“PITHIER THAN PYTHON. IRRESISTIBLE.” New York Times
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. Bruiser cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!
The three clowns are fit, manic and enthusiastic in this romp through the Bard. They leap and bound from scene to scene and play to play but at times are opinionated about the texts they are interpreting. Jess provides more of a narrator role alongside their characters. Adam offers musical accompaniment to the play and their at times gruff nature comedically plays off the bulk of the female Shakespearean roles they have. Daniel has a wide range of characters, so would need to be versatile and is the warmest clown of the three. Below is a breakdown of all the roles each character undertakes in the work.
Adam (18-30 years)– plays Juliet, Lavinia, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Gertrude, Benvolio, Othello, MacDuff, Soothsayer, Henry VI, Bernado, Ghost, Claudius.
Daniel (18-30 years) – plays Romeo, Caesar, Richard II, King Lear, Richard III, Horatio, Polonius, Laertes, Sampson, Prince, Nurse, Friar Laurence, Rapist, Witch.
Jess (18-30 years) – plays Narrator, Hamlet, Titus, Macbeth, Antony, King John.
We are looking for:
Vocal and physical versatility.
Excellent movement and clowning skills.
A solid understanding of Shakespearean text.
The ability to demonstrate a range of accents.
A flair for imaginative playing / comedy.
An appreciation of Bruiser’s collaborative ethos and physical, ensemble approach.
The ability to play a musical instrument is desirable.
Experience of working with young people (GCSE to A-Level) desirable.
Actors must have a base in Belfast.
Rehearsals (3 weeks): W/C 11.09.23, 18.09.23, 25.09.23
Production (3 weeks): W/C 02.10.23, 09.10.23, 16.09.23
Please submit CV and headshot for consideration to email@example.com
Please state in the subject title which role you wish to be considered for.
Deadline for submissions of CVs – 5pm, Tuesday 6th June.
Auditions are by appointment only.