We’re holding Open Auditions as part of THE PLACE I CALL HOME Festival

As part of THE PLACE I CALL HOME digital festival, we are holding Open Auditions on Zoom to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough. 

We are specifically looking for actors who are unrepresented by agents. As ever, the auditions are not for a particular production. 

Please apply via the Paines Plough website before midnight on Tuesday 13 October 2020. Applicants will be randomly selected.


  1. What are you casting for?

We’re not casting for anything specific. These open auditions are a way for us to meet actors previously unknown to the company, and to give you the chance to introduce yourself to us and us to you so we can start to build a conversation for potential future productions.

2. How do I apply?

We would love to meet actors who want to work with Paines Plough. We’re excited when actors have seen the company’s work with a clear idea of why they are drawn to working with the company. If you feel you have a particular affinity with our work, please fill out the application form and we will be in touch if we are able to meet you on this occasion. Please note that if you are unable to audition this time, we will be holding future open audition days throughout the year

3. Do I have to audition with a partner?

Not this time. We usually see auditionees in pairs, however due to these auditions being held online we will be seeing one person at a time this year.

4. How long should the monologue be?

Up to 3 minutes please.

5. What kind of audition piece should I choose?

Your monologue should be from a play written in the last 15 years. As we are a new writing company we would love to hear you perform contemporary plays. If you don’t know if your monologue was written in the last 15 years, or you can’t find one from that time period, please don’t worry – this is just a guide.

6. How long is each audition?

Each auditionee will have up to ten minutes for their slot in which you will meet a friendly panel, have a chat and then perform your monologue.

7. Who will I be meeting at my audition?

You will be meeting members of the Paines Plough core artistic team – either one of our Directors or Producers. Please know everyone in the online audition room will want you to be your best self so try not to put too much pressure on yourself. After your audition we will email you to remind you who you met.

  1. How will the audition run digitally?

If we are able to meet you on this occasion, you will be emailed a Zoom link ahead of your audition, confirming what day and time your audition is. Please download the Zoom application ahead of your audition (this is free to do here). You do not need to have a Zoom account to use the application, you just need to have it downloaded on your device.

  1. How should I prepare for the digital audition?

We suggest that you aim to be ready 10 minutes before your timeslot, with the Zoom application downloaded and the link ready to launch. If possible, please perform your monologue in a quiet space. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and to enable you to do so we would suggest that you either perform directly to the camera or as if you are speaking to us or with your focus slightly off the camera, as if speaking to someone else in your room. As long as we can see you clearly, you can perform either sitting or standing, whatever works best for you.

10. I auditioned at your last open day, can I audition again?

Sadly not as there has been such an overwhelming amount of interest in the auditions and we would like to maintain a fair system and meet as many new people as we can each year. Unfortunately we won’t meet actors who we’ve seen at an open audition before, we hope that you understand.

11. Should I send you my CV and headshot?

There is no need to send us anything in advance, just bring yourself! We will be in touch with what we need from you ahead of your audition.

12. When will I hear back from you after the audition?

After the auditions, we would love to keep in touch with you and we will also keep your name on file about any potential future roles.

Let us know if you have any further questions by emailing office@painesplough.com with the subject line: Paines Plough Open Auditions.

We hope to see you soon!

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