Open Auditions – Stratford East

Monday 21 October 2019, 9.00am – 7.00pm @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

No, you’re not having déjà vu – we’re running Open Auditions again!

As usual, we’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing, this time in East London and the surrounding area. You can apply from now until midnight on Wednesday 02 October.

We will be seeing approximately 40 pairs of actors and preference will first be given to those living within 10 miles of Stratford East, with any remaining slots being allocated at random. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

You would be meeting Charlotte Bennett (Co-Artistic Director) and another member of the Paines Plough team, Bella Rodrigues (Senior Producer) from Theatre Royal Stratford East, and casting director Francesca Bradley from Priscilla John Casting.

Sound good? This is how to apply…

  • Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs. Make sure one person applies on behalf of the pair as any duplicates (even if it’s with different partners) will be automatically excluded.
  • Register by filling in this form by midnight on Wednesday 02 October. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance.
  • If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Tuesday 08 October with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you by midday on Friday 11 October we will reallocate you slot to someone on the waiting list.
  • Don’t worry, you’ll hear from us whatever the outcome. If you’re not selected to audition this time, we may keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
  • Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.

Some things to bear in mind:

  • If you have auditioned for Paines Plough before (either at an Open Audition or as part of casting for a specific show), unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
  • To give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, we only accept applications from actors so, if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
  • Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis. In the application, you’ll be able to indicate what time of day you’re available and we’ll try our best to accommodate this.
  • If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
  • We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
  • Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
  • We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions.
  • Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at if you’re not sure about anything.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs

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