OUR SUMMER TERM IS THE MAD THEATRE COMPANY TERM
THIS SUMMER WE WILL PRESENT THREE FULL LENGTH PRODUCTIONS:
How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found by Fin Kennedy
Directed by Mike Evans
Dates: Fri 25th and Sat 26th August
The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Nielson
Directed by John Roberts
Dates: Fri 1st and Sat 2nd September
Tiger Country by Nina Raine
Directed by Sam Donovan
Dates: Fri 8th and Sat 9th September
This course will run from July 10th throughout July and August with performances at the end of August/ beginning of September.
The cost for the course is £110.
WHAT THE COURSE INVOLVES:
• A guaranteed part in one of the above productions. Rehearsals will take place on weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons please see below for more details on time commitment.
• 20 hours of “skills classes” in voice and movement, held weekly on Tuesday nights 7pm till 10pm and one full day of workshops on Saturday August 5th at the studios. These are the skills that we don’t have the time to teach regularly on MAD courses. (These “skills classes” would make up around 40% of an actor’s training on a professional training course).
• The above fee is cheaper than a MAD course for the same number of hours – it also means that taking the part in rehearsals and productions is free!
Once you have signed up to the course you will be invited to one of our audition days. These will be held during June. We will give you a short 1 minute monologue to prepare. Once the auditions are complete, the three directors will cast the plays together and decide which play you will be cast in, they will then send you a script and rehearsal schedule.
The rehearsals will begin 7 weeks before your production begins. The rehearsals will be held on weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
At the auditions we will ask you to choose the level of commitment you can offer the productions:
I can rehearse every fortnight,
I can rehearse every week,
I can rehearse up to 3 times a week.
Your level of commitment may influence the part you’re cast in.
Expect to be called in to rehearse for the whole weekend before your play opens. On the Friday of your first show you will be required to attend the theatre from 9am.
All three productions will take place in the large theatre in the Black E. It is a 250 capacity venue with cutting edge equipment. You will perform the show three times.
The directors will be Mike, John and Sam and we will decide which director will be directing each production nearer the time. Skills tutors will include Becci (voice) and Eli (movement). You will also work with professional set, costume, sound, and lighting designers..
For these productions to work we need your help with ticket sales as the majority of the audience will be people who know the cast members! If you sign up for the course please be aware that we would need you to commit to asking friends, family members etc. to come and support the production you’re involved in.
What if there are certain night’s I can’t rehearse?
At the audition we’ll ask you to fill out an availability sheet. As much as we possibly can, we will endeavour to build our schedules around you.
What if I’ve planned a holiday and will miss some rehearsals?
At the audition we’ll ask you to fill out an availability sheet. Last year we had a few people who went away for two weeks and, as we knew in advance, we could plan our schedule around them. As much as we possibly can, we will endeavour to build our schedules around you
What if I’ve never auditioned before?
Even the most experienced actor gets nervous before auditions. It’s part of the process. You’ll be in a place you know and with people who want to help you do your very best. Also, one of us will have seen your work in class too and this will be taken into consideration. The best way to view auditions are as another opportunity to do the thing you love: Acting!
What if there’s only one play I want to be in?
We’ve chosen 3 plays that we think will give all cast members the same opportunities and that all 3 directors are excited and passionate about. You will need to be willing to be in any of the productions before signing up for the course. No matter which play you’re cast in, our job is to ensure that you have the best summer possible!