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The Crescent Theatre
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, B16 8AE Birmingham, United Kingdom
Auditions are on Sunday 12 November at 2pm and Tuesday 14 November at 7.30pm in the Rehearsal Room. I've also booked Friday 17th November for callbacks, if required. If you can't make either of the audition dates then please let me know and we can arrange another time to meet up.
The show runs from the 10th to the 17th February 2018 in The Ron Barber Studio. There are seven performances, evening shows are at 7.45pm (no performance on Monday 12th) and there is one matinee performance on Sunday 11th February at 2.45pm. The show runs for approximately one hour and is performed without an interval.
Nothing consists of eight monologues which are performed in a different order every night. Some of the characters' stories are outrageously funny, some are dark and unsettling but they are all brilliantly written and fantastically playable. Don't take my word for it, this is what the critics said about it:
'A snapshot of a generation' **** The Guardian (https://theguardian.com/stage/2014/aug/09/nothing-edinburgh-2014-review-barrel-organ-raczka).
'Fiercely confrontational and intelligent' **** Time Out (https://timeout.com/london/theatre/nothing-1).
'A dizzyingly confident and assured debut' **** The Stage (https://thestage.co.uk/reviews/2014/nothing-review-at-summerhall/).
'It feels urgent and necessary, and is about as good as young, emerging fringe theatre gets'. **** A Younger Theatre (https://ayoungertheatre.com/edinburgh-review-nothing-summerhall/).
'An absolutely captivating piece of theatre' ***** Broadway Baby (http://broadwaybaby.com/shows/nothing/702828).
I saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and, in many years of visiting the fringe, it's the only show I've ever gone back to see twice — it's that good. I'll tell you more about it at the auditions but it's sort of a cross between Tim Crouch's The Author — the actors sit in the audience — and Simon Stephens' Pornography — it's a series of monologues which can be performed in any order. Some of the reviews of Nothing also compared Lulu Raczka to Sarah Kane so if you want to do some exciting, contemporary drama then here's your chance and if you've never heard of any of these people but it sounds like a cool thing to do then you're right, it will be, and it would be great to see you.
I'm looking for a cast of eight actors, four men and four women. The ages aren't specified but the stories suggest that they are young so you should ideally be in your twenties or early thirties. The characters are described in the script as follows:
The main thing I'll be looking for is a group of strong, confident young actors who want to do something different. I've uploaded some of Lulu Raczka's performance notes to the website if you wish to download them and, as you can see, they are quite different from how you would present a conventional play. You will therefore need to learn your lines early and be secure in them well before the performance dates so we can develop the performance around them.
Rehearsals start on Sunday 3rd December and we will take a break for Christmas and New Year's. I've uploaded the rehearsal dates to the theatre website so please check your availability before you audition. I won't call the whole cast for every rehearsal in December but you will need to be available throughout January and, of course, for every performance.
I've uploaded four short extracts from four of the monologues to the auditions page of the website so please choose one you'd like to do at the audition. You don't have to learn it but you should be sufficiently familiar with it to give a good reading.
In terms of style, you should aim to be as natural as possible. The effect should be as if a member of the audience has simply started owning up to some weird stuff so don't over-perform.
Andrew Cowie (director) [email protected]