Posted on 26/05/2016
Anne Bartram's Bucket Wish List
Knowing how difficult it often is for playwrights to get their work staged, Anne set up the British Theatre Challenge in 2012 and has volunteered tirelessly encouraging others to give their time to make the project a great success with the production of ten new one act plays in London every year.
You may have already heard that Anne from Sky Blue has since been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
We want to give back to Anne by staging her first full length controversial comedy at Camden People's Theatre. The hiring of the theatre alone costs in excess of £6000 because we had to hire a wheelchair accessible venue (so Anne can get in too!) for four weeks so critics will assess the play (part of Anne's bucket wish list).
With the help of Mini Mammoth film makers we have made a Kickstarter page where we're offering all kinds of goodies to help raise money to get the play funded. Even the smallest donation would be hugely appreciated; a donation of ten pounds or more would be rewarded with a thank you in the programme as a contributor to the project and a tweet to our 15K followers.
The making of the video was one of the hardest bits of filming we've ever done. It's so difficult to speak candidly about loved one's terminal illness with them. We hope that what we have put together will not only work for us to achieve our goal but help people think about their bucket lists and maybe ask their loved ones what they would like to do with the time they have left.
So please, dig deep and/or share this link via email, Facebook or Twitter so we can help Anne and Sky Blue Theatre Co. make this production as great a success as we know it can be!
Our Warmest Regards,
British Theatre Challenge
Sky Blue Theatre Co.
Posted on 20/05/2016
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The Runner film shoot (extra's needed)
We are a group of diverse filmmakers working on a compelling new short film called The Runner. The film is about an athlete training for the Rio Olympics and her newly found friendship with a young refugee boy who turns out to be a gifted runner.
With this project, we are raising awareness for the Refugee Council's work with unaccompanied children. We are also endorsed by GLL Sports Foundation, as we additionally want to highlight the importance of fitness and mental health in our communities.
For our big shoot day (race day!) on Saturday the 4th of June, we will be needing extra's that can act as spectators - it would be great if you could share this opportunity with your students. It'll most likely be for half a day. It's a great chance to be on set of an ambitious film project and to be part of a diverse London filmmaking community, as well as to show your support for the work of the Refugee Council. With the Olympic Games coming up soon, and their first ever Refugee Team, this film couldn't be more current and we're expecting a huge national and international interest.
So, to clarify:
What: Spectators for the big race day
When: Saturday the 4th of June
Where: Mile End Stadium (190 Burdett Rd, London E3 4HL)
Pay: as we are essentially a charity project, we work with a limited budget and can unfortunately not offer a pay
If you're interested, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: RACE DAY. If you think you look like a runner and would possibly like to act as an athlete, let me know as well (please attach a photo). Mention in the email your: name, age, contact details, and your availability for the 3rd and 4th of June.
Very best wishes,
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WANTED : Men 20-50 with upper body tattoos, to assist in photo exhibition in late August.
Contact: 02871344536 or email@example.com
Also photos taken for guys who are interested in having a portfolio made of themselves, with a view to doing some acting work.
COST: Tattoo projects are paid up until £30 per hour studio time or 'no charge' for model/portfolio work.
Indoor shoots done on Wed/Thurs weekdays or weekends.
Outdoor shoots, subject to weather.
Posted on 16/05/2016
Henley Drama Festival 2016 List of awards:
Class I Open Kenton Drama Award
Maidenhead Theatre Guild. The Dreaming
Class I (Runner Up) Weatherhead Award
Sinodun Players. Too Long an Autumn
Class II (All Women) Charlotte Thomas Award
Shared Intent. Helen
Class III (Senior Youth) Reg Judd Award
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group. Fragile
Class IV (Junior Youth) Daphne Marshall Memorial Award
Young Theatre. The Shadow. Of the Giants
Class V Best Original Play John/Doris Clive-Spencer Award
Shared Intent. Helen. Thomas Maddren
Best Presentation Dorothy & Arthur Sharp Award
Shared Intent. Helen
Best Actor Henley Standard Award
David Choules. Maidenhead Theatre Guild
Best Actress Hannen Award
Marilyn Johnson. Sinodun Players
Best Supporting Role Clive-Spencer Award
Sarah Pickering. HAODS
Best Performance Class III Young Award
Tasha Moar. Didcot Phoenix Drama Group
Best Performance Class IV Cecil Hole Memorial Award
The Cast of Shadow of the Giants The Young Theatre
Best Supporting Class III/IV Joanna Jones Award
The Cast of The Beauty Manifesto. Stageworks
Adjudicators Choice Jean Sutherland Memorial Award
Home Free. Young Theatre
Magic Moment Diamond Shield Award
The Drunk Scene. Friendly Bombs
Posted on 12/05/2016
Acting Opportunity for Charitable short film
We are looking for a male actor who is aged 18+ who looks young (about 14). We do not have any preferences as to colouring, height etc. Filming will take place from the 31st May – 2nd June 2016. We can pay all expenses.
The final film will be used by NYAS to promote their work and also educate other bodies about the issues of foster care.
This is the main role of the short film which will run for about 7 minutes.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and a link to showreel if you have one.
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My name Grace Fellows and I’m from Gloucestershire College. I am currently preparing to film a short film for my Final Major Project. Our film is called You’re A Women Now, Girl. We are currently looking for 8 to 10 extras to play in our film for a classroom scene. Theses actors, male or female, need to look around 12 to 14 years of age. We would be grateful for anyone who is interested. The shooting dates are the 1st of June for a maximum of 5 hours (including breaks). We will be filming at Barnwood Park Art College in Gloucester.
Thank you for your time,
Grace Fellows email@example.com
Volunteer Request for Royal Cornwall Show
Posted on 10/05/2016
Kevin here, on behalf of Tony Award winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia (original Angel in RENT on Broadway and film) and Broadway’s Tyce Green (Moritz in Spring Awakening, Chris in Hands on a Hardbody). I’m just kindly following up about these gentlemen visiting the UK from August 8th-12th. They would love to teach a masterclass at your theatre during their stay. As I've mentioned an overseas visit by these NYC Broadway artists provides a unique opportunity for your actors; we’re flexible and we want to work with you to make this possible. :)
The artists would come to your theatre to work with you and the performers on either a specific show you’re rehearsing and/ or work individually with your performers on audition technique, acting through song, and provide unique insight to the vocal/ acting process based on their experience working in the Broadway industry. Generally, this is around a 3-4 hour class in which you perform numbers and receive feedback, as well as an ongoing Q&A. The format, numbers, and questions you have can be completely tailored to your unique needs (ie. solos, group numbers, duets, blocking, scene work, character analysis, etc.). There is also an additional option to add a performance from the artist.
SFNY (Straight From New York) is located in NYC and represents multiple Tony Award winning and nominated Broadway artists. We frequently reach out to theatres in an attempt to make these kinds of opportunities available, either for show-specific workshops or audition masterclasses. We work with various budgets and because of the unique nature of this overseas visit, we will work with you on finding a cost-effective option.
Let me know if this is an interest/possibility for you, and I'd love to talk further! :)
For interactive examples, you can check out @sfnyusa on Twitter and Instagram!
Kevin Bianchi | Booking Coordinator
Stamp Your Feet! The Musical looking for cast members
We are also looking for a young male actor to take the role of 'Dave the drummer' , singing and acting required with drum 'miming'! Aged 18-22 from the Stamford area.
Please contact Sonya on 07902808174 or visit:
Waltham Abbey Theatre Company is giving away its props and staging materials
We are going to display what we have on Sunday 15th May from 12pm till 3pm, so we are inviting local Drama Groups to come along, and take what they want.
We are not charging anything for the items, although we would appreciate a donation (no matter how large or small) that we can pass on to a local charity.
The details are as follows:
15th May 12pm - 3pm
Waltham Abbey Community Centre, 46, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1QD
Tania Oram (WATC Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Perform at Wembley this June!
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We're looking for a 250 strong cast made up of men and women of all ages (16+) and I wondered whether you and those that you work with would be interested in this opportunity. All performers will be given a free ticket to the match as a thank you for taking part.
I hope you can be involved.
Freelance Producer // Production Manager // Coach
Currently working with Mark Murphy & National Theatre, London
Lauren Barton email@example.com
My name is Anthony and I am the money matters manager here at AgeUK in Sutton. The Money Matters service is a free service which we provide to the elderly residents in the borough in advising and raising their awareness of all things money related ranging from benefits, budgeting, fuel poverty and scams. We achieve this through workshop presentations and 1:1 advice services.
The reason for my contacting you today is for assistance with a scams presentation I have scheduled to give at the end of June. Scams is something that could effect anyone at anytime. A lot of the elderly are constantly targeted with numerous different types of scams and to reduce and prevent this it is essential to raise awareness. I hope to do so through the workshop, but would like to provide a workshop that is more than just talking at people. To provide a more interaction based workshop and believe an excellent way to do this is to include a couple of short role play act as part of the workshop and would like to enlist the help of anyone from your drama school who would like to volunteer and be involved in this.
I would be happy to meet to brainstorm ideas and provide more insight into this or even discuss over the telephone.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Money Matters Manager - Age UK Sutton
1/2 Lower Square, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA
Telephone: 0208 770 5363
Anthony Mobee-Dumi firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still looking for Men for Legally Blonde
We are still looking for Men for our auditions for Carousel on 19 May for performances on 6 to 8 October.
Jack and the Beanstalk audition forms are ready, if you have not got one and want one, please E-mail email@example.com, or msg via Facebook and will forward it to you ASAP.
Does anyone have any information on New Theatre Publications? I ordered scripts and a performing Licence about 4 weeks ago for a production that Stoke Climsland Amateur Theatrical Society are staging later this year. I have not received the items and have been unsuccessful in trying to contact them.
Any information would be welcome. Please contact either Paul Young (Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Young (SCATS Secretary) at email@example.com
Bonnie Brae Productions presents
“My Blood Moving” depicts the fears and power struggles at play in the life of an ordinary Dundonian woman as she suffers stalking, abuse and miscarriage.
Locations – Dundee
Dates – Weekends in June/July
Expenses and food paid, time unpaid
Bonnie Brae Productions is looking for:
Boab – Late 30s/early 40s, Stoic Dundonian, husband and father, a very straightforward man.
Mr McInnes – 40's to early 50's. Wirey, snide, petty, awful. An office manager whose power has gone to his head. He takes his relative success as an entitlement to transcend his status. Fake and insecure in all aspects of his projected demeanor.
Erica McInnes – early 40's, Mr McInnes's wife. Defeated in spirit but crushing routine and the thumb of he husband/boss. A sad emptiness hangs over her which over the years has turned to distrust and hatred. Unsuccessful with children and suspicious or awkward around Audrey situtation.
“The Beast” - early/mid 20s, a tall large, physically imposing man with special needs.
Audrey’s Mum – Late 50s/60s, Has been through the mill and has disconnected from life due to years of abuse from her partner Gerald.
Gerald – Late 50's/early 60's. A large, short tempered man capable of physical violence at the drop of a hat. An irredeemable waste of space. Chains smokes, drinks, grumpy and intolerant of people in his way.
Office employees x6 – a range of ages.
One must be male employee early 20s like a mini Mr McInnes
Shop assistant/Midwife/office employee – between 30 and 60
Little girl – 3-5 (face will not be shown)
Anyone interested please contact Imogen James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashford Arts Centre
I have a wonderful opportunity for Drama Groups. I am on the lookout for performers/actors to participate in pop up theatrical performances at Lunar Festival in Warwickshire.
I want to get this out to as many people as possible so that no-body is left out. Are you able to share this with your networks?
CALL FOR FESTIVAL PERFORMERS!!
IMPE.Productions have an extremely exciting opportunity for eccentric, off-the-wall, confident and experimental performers who are free from the 3rd-5th June 2016 to take part in the enchanting odyssey that is Lunar Festival.
We need actors to take on the roles of;
• The Lunar mascots; Stag, Mouse, Fox and Crow
• Mascot followers; 1 – 2 per mascot
• Office Clerks
• Pub landlord
• Womb babies
• Three belittling pigs
• Characters for an adaptation of a Brothers Grimm Fairytale (short children’s play)
Each character will have 2-3 short pop-up performances in and amongst the festivities to engage with audiences in a mischievous and surreal manner.
Please visit impe.productions/lunar2016/ or contact email@example.com for more info!
I am a presenter and producer for Radio Verulam. A commercial radio station that covers West Herts on 92.6fm and online at www.radioverulam.com
I present a radio show on Tuesday nights from 9 to 10pm. We cover musical theatre and plays both professional and amateur. I am looking to contact amateur drama groups around the UK to do features and to promote their productions on air with news, reviews, chat and music from the shows.
If any groups are interested in getting involved please contact Mark
Tel: 07861 299696
Mark Bilsby firstname.lastname@example.org
INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN TRIAL BY JURY ON SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
This is an open invitation to join BGSOS in a performance of Trial By Jury (and other G&S numbers) at the Newman Hall on Saturday 24th September.
Our intention is that we produce a semi-staged production of Trial by Jury in costume with principals performing ‘off-book’ and chorus members performing with a vocal score in one half of the performance, followed by a concert of other G&S ensemble numbers in the other half. We are going to perform a matinee and evening concert on the same day.
We are aiming to have eight rehearsals for this; the Tuesdays in July and September (with August off!) at our rehearsal venue in Bristol, and a final rehearsal on the day of the performance, and we would expect that singers taking part would be able to attend the majority of them.
In order to cover the costs of this event we are asking that visiting members pay £20 per person, which would help to pay for the hire of the hall, our accompanist and costumes for the performance.
If you would like more information then please contact email@example.com
Next week my group Record Scratch from Weston College will be producing a 40s style music video. Would any drama students want to attend for more experience.
We are looking for actors aged 16 - 50.
Pay would not be included but outfits would be as long as we could find out their clothing sizes as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.
Jacob Bryant - Record Scratch
Hi- I am a Creative Media Production student studying at West Suffolk College and I'm currently working on a short film for my final major project, which will determine my overall grade. I am trying to seek out two main actors to help.
The short film will be taken from my own story, a psychological thriller following the relationship between an orderly and patient. I have chosen to film a scene where two orderlies discuss the treatment of the patients and the events which transpire within the facility.
I am looking for two male actors in their early to mid-twenties. I aiming to film during the first two weeks of May at the college, and would be willing to work around the actors schedule.
Any response would be much appreciated.
Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh
The Quince Players may have been a little quiet since Christmas, but busy nonetheless. Our Spring Show, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is in the final stages of rehearsal.
I have attached two images alongside our press release for this week, in the hope you have some space to use something to help us publicise local theatre.
As always, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to come along and see the show on Thursday 5th May, our opening night in aid of charity. To book your ticket please contact Colin or Andrew at Box Office who will allocate you a complimentary seat.
Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is a much loved play and brings the Quince Player’s 70th year to a close with a certain 70’s style!!
Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is an iconic piece; many will remember the BBC Play for Today version which was aired in 1977 starring Alison Steadman as the glamorous Beverly, following a run at the Hampstead Theatre. An amusing satire then but perhaps now that almost 40 years have passed, there are laughs in places where there would not have been before. The 70’s was the first decade where the new middle classes invited neighbours in for drinks, often for the sheer pleasure of showing off their home and lifestyle.
This plot sees Beverly and Laurence entertain their new neighbours Angela and Tony and Abigail’s mother Susan whilst Abigail has a party. A formal beginning relaxed by a few ‘little drinkies’ lead to the couple’s true relationships being exposed. Of course the culmination of which leads to – well, if you don’t remember, you’ll just have to wait and see.
Retro fashion, for retro drinks, retro nibbles and retro music. Come and join the Quince Players for a gin & tonic, a bacardi & coke or a pint of light ale whilst being delighted by the talented cast.
For more information, visit our website.
Box Office 01344 874200
Make Believe Productions
We are looking to cast a strong middle aged Comedy baritone in a brand new musical called SWASH.
We rehearse in Braintree on Sundays and the show is being staged in Witham at the Witham Public hall in July.
Anyone interested can message me through FB
This is Roxanne from The Gate Films, Manchester. I wondered if you could help me please?
We are looking for some students that might want to help us record as Voice Overs.
We need to record some authentic Spanish (x2), Italian (x2), German/Austrian (x3), French/Belgian (x3) voices, chanting football chants.
We thought it could be an interesting experience for Arts, Media or Film students as it will be recording in an edit suite and it's for a commercial we have filmed, they could get some contacts, see how we run things etc.
The voice overs will be recorded on Wednesday 20th, 9:30-11:30, at Media City. Each person will get £150.
Thank you very much,
The Gate Films, 4 Naval Street, Manchester, M4 6EW
I am part of Somersham Carnival Committee and this year the theme of our Carnival is “Great Films”. I had an off the wall idea that it might be fun to have a local Amateur Dramatic group attend and act out some scenes from famous movies (I.e. the jewellery box scene from Pretty Woman – that kind of thing).
Is this something Amateur Dramatic groups would be interested in? It is all for charity so we’re happy for you to drum up interest in your group at the time.
Am I totally off my head to ask?
Thanks and regards,
Gil Rodger firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Maddie du Boulay and I'm currently a student at Gloucester University at my first year studying Film Production. We're looking for a man to look to be in his sixties to be a part of our film and I was hoping you would know where I could find such a person.
The character this person will be playing will be called Arnold who will be going through the decades from the sixties onwards. Once we find someone then I'll be more than happy to send them a script.
Now as we are students, we can't really afford to pay him an hourly pay but we'll be more than happy to cover transport costs if there are any, and to provide food on the day.
We are filming on May 10th, I agree it's sudden notice, but we did have an actor but unfortunately he can't act for us anymore so if anyone can help us anyway then I would be really grateful.
Maddie du Boulay email@example.com
Short 8 min psychological thriller about the deterioration of a middle aged woman mental health, and her obsession with her neighbours..
1 female (early 20's)
1 Male (early 20's)
Travel and food provided!
Based in Bristol (near centre)
To be shot between 12th and 20th of april. (sorry about short notice!)
Please get in contact! would love to hear from you
Need to cast an Actor (female role) for Old Times by Harold Pinter
Production Dates: Thu 16 – Sun 19 June 2016 at Bromley Little Theatre
Rehearsals are due to start at the end of April, rehearsals take place at the theatre during weekday evenings.
This is for the role of Kate, because the person cast has unfortunately had to drop out,
Quick Synopsis: Kate is the partner/wife of Deeley and a former friend of Anna. Kate and Deeley are staying at a cottage and Anna joins them, what is not clear is how they all met, how they know each other, and who has the greater claim on Anna. This is one of Pinter's memory plays, and the themes centre around knowing how much we see and understand about the relationships between the characters, and if the characters are reliable narrators.
Kate and Anna were friends in their early twenties, this is some time after - Kate's playing age is 40-45.
Also look at: www.haroldpinter.org/plays/plays_oldtimes.shtml
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 07739 825321
I am an activity coordinator at Amberley Court Care Home (Birmingham). I am writing regarding St. George's day/Shakespeare day on Saturday April 23rd 2016. I'm wondering if anyone could spare a few performance hours as a donation for our residents? I am aware it's short notice, but the person who was volunteering has let us down. Our service users range from 18-100, and most of them are big fans of drama and entertainment. We would be very grateful if you could help us out in any way that you can? Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you.
0121 440 4450.
We are looking for a couple of local Bedford children, preferably approximately 6 years old, to take part in a promotional video for the launch of a new children's book by some local authors.
The shoot would take place on Saturday April 16th in Bedford, in a local book shop, and should take roughly half a day. It's very low budget, so I'm afraid there is no money in it though all expenses will be covered, but a good chance to be well featured and have a fun day filming.
If you have any interest please contact me at email@example.com
I am currently a student at the University of York and I am studying film and television production. For our end of year exams we are making a short film of about 5 mins long.
I am the producer for our film and we are currently looking for a male adult actor. We are filming on the 30th of April and the 1st of May.
If anyone is interested in taking part please contact me by email.
Georgia Bagnall firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE: Announcing crowdfunding campaign for Devon & Cornwall indiefilm “Mordred”, showcasing local actors and local 6th century history /Arthurian legend
Announcing crowdfunding campaign for Devon & Cornwall indiefilm “Mordred”, showcasing local actors and local history /Arthurian legend
“I am what you made me become!” is the tagline of the film, spoken by Mordred.
How relevant that seems!
This production aims to not only showcase very heavily researched Dark Ages (6th century) history of Devon and Cornwall, linked to some of the very earliest and less known Arthurian legends, but also equally to showcase the amazing skills by local actors, filmmakers, and other production creatives - a lot of film work happens in the southwest but very often local people are passed over completely for roles, in favour of imported talent due to stereotypes of "local people being no-good". Since there are very few opportunities, we decided to make our own and claw our own way up.
|There is a national campaign at the moment for the recognition of working-class actors, who on a national scale, not just locally to us, are often bypassed.
This production aims to prove that local Devon and Cornwall working-class actors are capable of great things, with a large, attention-grabbing project that has already been featured in the press not just locally, but in New York and Hollywood itself, and with interest, subject to the finished product from global film distribution companies.
In order to make the film the very best it can be, and to facilitate this high-quality showcase for local actors, the team are crowdfunding for the film to be the very best it can be. A wide range of perks are offered on the indiegogo crowdfund; ranging from £1 social media shoutouts through clothing, signed items, set visits, and film/ IMDb producer credits – all support is most gratefully received.
The crowdfund link can be found at igg.me/at/mordred2016/
Witham Music Theatre
We are casting Extras for a film for TV called THE LAST DRAGON SLAYER shooting in and around the Oxford area from April - May 2016.
We are holding an open casting for people to pop along to on Monday 4th of April in Wallingford and would love to have as many local people involved as possible. It is a great opportunity for anyone remotely interested in film and TV or simply anyone who would like the experience and earn some extra cash!
If you, or anyone you know, would like to be a part of this exciting new project, and get paid for it, please come and say hello! We will take a photograph and contact details, very quick and easy!
What we are looking for...
Men & Women 16yrs and over.
You must have the right to work in the UK.
No experience is necessary.
All work is paid.
Please comment on Facebook (link below) if you are coming to the casting so I can get an idea of numbers.
If you are unable to make the casting, email email@example.com
Please have the subject as 'The Dragon Slayer' with a clear photo and your contact details.
Just a quick email to let you know the submission deadline day for Sky Blue's 'British Theatre Challenge' is fast approaching - only three days remain...
If you are able to share news of this via twitter or facebook using #BritishTheatreChallenge with a link to our website www.skybluetheatre.com/playwriting-competition we would very much appreciate it!
The British Theatre Challenge is an amazing opportunity. Sky Blue choose not one, but ten plays to be produced and filmed over two nights in a London venue. One of the winning plays is also chosen to be made into a short film!
British Theatre Challenge
Sky Blue Theatre Co.
I'm currently studying at Furness College in Barrow in Furness and currently involved in the creation of a music video for a local musician. Throughout the production, we require 1 male and 1 female actors of around 30+, the two actors will be playing the role of a couple. Due to only being a student film, we will be unable to pay for the role, however we are offering actors the chance to work on a unique story, as well as give the experience and the opportunity to work with those with similar interests and the local music industry.
If you or know of anyone who is interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply with any details or respond to any questions you may have.
Space Monkeys is looking for new members
Actress Required for Christmas Eve in Major Production of Avenue Q - Dartford, SE London/Kent
In May the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre in Crayford (Post code DA1 4NP) starts rehearsals for their major production of Avenue Q, which is in performance from 23rd June to 2nd July 2016. We are currently seeking an East Asian actress to play the part of Christmas Eve. Please could anyone interested in performing or who may know someone interested in performing (!) please contact the Director, Ben Gaston, for more details!
Head of Managed Services
email@example.com or 07866 019938
Photograph courtesy and copyright Jim Muller Photography.
Thanks to Haidee Williams and the Upton House staff.
MOST GLAMOROUS SHOW THIS SEASON
I am producing a full feature film in Birmingham this year, and our shoot start date is the first Monday in August, lasting around four weeks. Our long term aim is to kick start a film making production company based in the Midlands. We have a very strong screenplay for our first foray.
I am looking to find local actors that are based in the Midlands. It fits in with the film set here and helps keep our accomodation budget as low as possible!
The budget for the movie is thirty thousand and we have a very talented film crew all onboard due to the strength of the screenplay.
We are paying a wage (£280 a week) and we will also be providing transportation costs throughout the shoot as well as being fed and watered on set.
We have a website that gives details on the story and we will be shooting on the Sony FS7 making it 4K.
These are the eight roles on offer.
Ashley - (22-30 age range)
The lead role and bad boy of the story. Confident, cheeky and without conscience.
Karen - (26-32 age range)
Single mother and girl next door type. Caring,loyal and lovely. As unaware of peoples deceit as she is of being guilty of it.
Sophie - (22-28 age range)
Karen's sister, the naughty slightly younger one of the two. Always happy to outdo her more worthy sister.
Danny - (22-30 age range)
Sophies boyfriend. Insecure, possessive and lacking confidence.
Charlotte - (8-12 age range)
Sweet and lovely.
Ashley as a boy - (8-12 age range)
Shown in flashback. He is shy and an innocent.
Ashley's Father - (28-35 age range)
Working class guy, a little conventional and struggles without his partner.
Ashley's Mother - (28-35 age range)
A flirty, non working woman who struggles with domesticity and responsibilities.
Can you help? Could a notice be put up at your acting classes giving details?
Mark Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Press release: local actors appear alongside international star in Torbay-created Arthurian drama film
“I am what you made me become!” snarls Mordred, as he confronts his father, King Arthur.
How relevant that seems!
After already months of planning, research, scripting, and advertising, this production, created by local people, and being made soley in the Southwest, was cast at the beginning of March.
The audition day, which was widely advertised, was as well subscribed as we had hoped – in fact, due to demand, we had to run other sessions through the day, as well as the one advertised in the evening, in order to make sure everyone was seen.
There was a huge amount of incredible talent, to the point that discussions then ran until almost midnight, among the casting panel, but, after a non-stop 11-or so hours, we had a cast list. The next task was to contact all selected actors, and offer them roles. By Wednesday, that process was done, and the final cast in place.
And what an amazing cast. It ranges from Julie Tetley playing Gitta; Morgan le Fay's maid and co-conspirator, and thirteen year old newcomer Reece Whitehouse playing King Arthur’s “legitimate” son, Duran, in their first ever major acting roles (in fact the first ever role for Reece), through our more experienced actors Rich Sandford who stars as Mordred, and Guillaume Rivaud, who plays King Arthur, right over to “Iron” Mike Mitchell, who, after holding 5 “Mr World” and 2 “Mr Universe” titles with the World Fitness Federation, went on to the world of acting and has appeared in films such as Gladiator, Braveheart, Skyfall, Apocalypse Z – and the TV soap Emmerdale.
This amazing cast, have already begun working together in a highly energised, collaborative team, where regardless of experience, or age, everyone has come together to put a thousand percent into rehearsals and workshops for the production.
Rehearsals now happen twice a week, each time running over different scenes, alongside training sessions for historical combat, acting and all other skills needed by the cast to portray their characters.
“Mordred”, is set in the 6th century, a time of strife, after the Romans had withdrawn from Britain, and the native peoples are defending their shores against Saxon incursions. Careful research into what is known of the period, has been undertaken, and linked with some of the earliest legends about King Arthur, and Mordred, as well, to create this production.
King Arthur has ruled Dumnonia, the South-west peninsula of Britain, after being chosen as the Pendragon, after his defeat of the Saxon sea-wolves, at the Battle of Badon Hill, at the age of sixteen. His elder sister, once the Arch-druidess of Dumnonia, Morgan, consumed with jealousy, plots against the Throne, and is banished from Dumnonia after the deaths of Arthur’s first wife Anna, and his baby son.
Many years later, a young nobleman is found, poisoned, on the moors. Brought to the fort town Isca, by Arthurs warriors, he is revealed to be Mordred, illegitimate son of King Arthur and also the victim of plots by Morgan. Father and son slowly come to trust one another, and eventually, Mordred, who is well liked by most of Arthur's followers, is chosen as Regent of Dumnonia, as Arthur battles a second Saxon invasion.
Unfortunately, not all of Arthur's enemies are on the battlefield.
The drama tells how two equally honourable men came to hate one another, and how that hate to lead to a disastrous war.
Set against the backdrop of the post-Roman Celtic kingdom of Dumnonia, present day Devon and Cornwall, struggling to survive against the Saxon invaders, this is a dark, gritty drama, supported with an impressive team of performers, historical reenactors, historians, and a film crew ranging from students at Exeter College, through writing, research and direction, by Arthurian-afficiando, actress/director and Masters graduate from the University of Exeter; Laura Jury, and the ambitious Simon Knight, Director of Photography. The team is supported by the sound track composer, Michael Klubertanz, from Germany, the only team member from outside the Southwest of England, who is composing the film sound-track using only instruments which would have been in use in 6th Century Britain
The final aim of the production is to gain international exposure – and hopefully employment - for local actors and creative talent. As our team's history is also in doing theatre, a touring theatre production will take place in locations around Devon and Cornwall, in September 2016. The project already gathering international interest, with three articles in New York – based arts magazine NY Elite, and Hollywood-based film production magazine Max-It, as well as various online interviews and podcasts.
The South Devon Players have an unusual raison d'etre; exemplified, in this project. The group, which started out as an amateur dramatics theatre group, specialising in historical and mythological drama, are a group of local career-orientated actors and creatives, who are unable, for various life reasons, or lack of resources, to move away to large entertainment hubs such as London, to make careers there. For many years the Players have specialised in theatre, performing locally at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, and the Edge in Brixham, but now want to bring their work to the film circuit to publicise the fantastic skills of local southwest actors and “behind the scenes” creatives across the world. The belief of the Players is that in order to find opportunities, they must first create their own.
Filming will take place in May and June 2016 around Devon and Cornwall, with the theatre performances taking place in September 2016 .
It was considered very important to make sure that we were not making “just another King Arthur film”, and to find a unique adaptation. While novels have been written from Mordred's point of view, to our knowledge, this has never been transferred to film. That, coupled with spanning Devon and Cornwall, and delving into earlier and less known legends, has created an all new version of the legend.
Not that creating a production of this scale is easy. While grants are being applied for, and traditional crowdfunding sources are being applied to, you cannot put all your eggs in one basket. Cast and crew members are involved in a wide range of fundraising activities, ranging from small amounts from tombolas and face painting at fetes, and selling on ebay, through to a film/ scifi/ fantasy convention, grant applications, cabaret shows, ebook publications and more.
For costumes and props, It is also a case of keeping one eye on the history book and the other on what reclaimed fabrics and items can be remade, and adapted. We have to thank so many people who keep an eye out for second hand things that we can do this with.
This is an ambitious project, taking not just every ounce of creativity on screen, but also in the planning and logistics behind-the-scenes.
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