Open Casting Call

We’re casting for a new touring production that we’re taking out on the road in 2021 and are looking to meet brilliant deaf and hearing actors for two roles.

ABOUT THE PLAY

A Paines Plough, Soho Theatre and Deafinitely Theatre production
SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick

‘I like sex. Think I love football more. Sometimes I cry during it, as we know. The sex, not the football.’ Tunde’s 30th birthday is fast approaching. He’s not where he thought he’d be. And he’s not who he’s supposed to be, at least according to his dad. You see, the Adeyemi men don’t cry. But Tunde does. Interrogating the challenge of accepting our own vulnerabilities, SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.

SESSIONS will be performed in spoken English and British Sign Language.


DATES

London Rehearsals:                      18 January – 13 February 2021         

London Tech and Previews:          w/c 15 February 2021                        

London run:                                   22 February – 20 March 2021            

Small-scale regional tour:              22 March – 08 May 2021

Due to changing circumstance regarding COVID-19 restrictions, these dates may be subject to change to the following:

London Rehearsals:                      22 February – 20 March 2021         

London Tech and Previews:          w/c 22 March 2021                        

Small-scale regional tour:              29 March – 08 May 2021
London run:                                   10 May – 05 June 2021

Please only apply if you are currently available for both sets of dates. Final production dates will be confirmed at audition stage.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Actors are invited to audition via self-tape for one of the two roles outlined below:

Role A
Playing age:
 30
Gender: Male
Language: English (native/fluent). We are interested in casting someone in this role who has British Sign Language skills, but this is not essential.
Ethnicity: Black British-Nigerian/West African
Description: Warm and charismatic, a joker. Active, popular and quick-witted. Seemingly very self-confident with a roguish charm, but hiding a sensitivity he has been conditioned not to show.

Role B
Please note that we will be offering this role to a black deaf actor only.
Playing age: 30
Gender: Male
Language: British Sign Language (native/fluent)
Ethnicity: Black British-Nigerian/West African
Description: Warm and charismatic, a joker. Active, popular and quick-witted. Seemingly very self-confident with a roguish charm, but hiding a sensitivity he has been conditioned not to show.

HOW TO APPLY

You can find the full application pack, including the extract for self-tapes, here.

All applications must be submitted via this form no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17 November. All submissions will be considered, with a final selection to be invited to audition online.

Role A
To apply please send a Spotlight, ProFile link OR headshot together with a CV and a self-tape of this extract in spoken English. Please highlight what level of British Sign Language you can use (if any).

Role B
To apply please send a Spotlight, ProFile link OR headshot together with a CV and a self-tape of this extract in British Sign Language.

Self-tapes should be uploaded to an online platform such as Vimeo / YouTube, with link and password provided.

GUIDANCE NOTES

Self-taping
Should you require any help with the self-taping, you can find helpful tips here. The footage does not need to be very high quality, using your phone is fine!

Informal Conversation
If you would like an informal conversation ahead of submitting then please contact Christabel Holmes, Associate Producer, on christabel@painesplough.com

Paines Plough believes in including artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures (on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, class and whether they are drama school trained or not) in all our work and all are welcome to apply for any roles advertised.

Where we are casting for a role where a protected characteristic is an occupational requirement we do so in accordance with the Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

If a specific skill, language or accent (spoken/ BSL) is required for the specific role, we will indicate this in the breakdown.

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