THEATRE - 4x Actor-Musicians (Kent based) for Spring 2019 tour of ‘This Wounded Island’ (apply by 25th March)


We are looking for a range of Kent based actors, artists and creatives for an upcoming tour of This Wounded Island in Spring 2019. 

We are currently looking for:

-  four actor-musicians, based in Kent, for the Spring 2019 tour of ‘This Wounded Island’ in North Kent, Medway and London.

We are looking for one female and one male actor, playing age 18-25 & one female and one male actor, playing age 50-60. All performers are paid in line with ITC standards, for a three week rehearsal and one week performance period.

Actor Musician Call Out
What we are looking for:
-Anything Other Theatre Company are looking for four actor musicians ​based in Kent/ Medway for our upcoming tour of a new play ​This Wounded Island ​written by Natalie Mitchell. The play will be directed by Anything Other’s Artistic Director Liz Bacon.
-We are looking for playful, brave performers who are open to a highly collaborative and quite physical rehearsal process, who reflect our ethos, and understand the value of taking theatre to new audiences and into the community.
-We are interested in hearing from people who are under-represented in the arts sector due to their socio-economic status, ethnic background and those who identify as disabled. ​We also actively encourage applications from those who haven’t been through a formal training but have equivalent professional experience.

Actor musicians can sing ​and​ play any instrument. ​We are not necessarily looking for trained musicians, but rather motivated and curious performers interested in experimenting with sound, voice and new instruments, with some level of proficiency who are open to exploring the use of music in the show.

Actor Specifications:

- Female actor playing age 18-25 - Mary
- Female actor playing age 50-60 - Rose
- Male actor playing age 50-60 - Bob
- Male actor playing age 18-25 - Smithy

Mary/Rose (Rosemary) and Bob/Smithy (Robert) are played by different actors across different time periods. Rosemary is smart, sharp, independent, self-motivated and sure of herself, loving, stubborn, with a strong sense of who she is and what she wants from life. Robert is witty, intuitive, cocky, charming and a performer, he’s loving, but also proud, head-strong and sometimes struggles to communicate, particularly around his own vulnerabilities.

This Wounded Island​ has been created by ​Anything Other Theatre Company​. Founded in 2016 by Liz Bacon, ​Anything Other ​seeks to put under represented voices at the heart of its work, to open out the kinds of stories that we are telling in theatre, diversify audiences, and reach people who wouldn't normally think that theatre is for them. We make work with, through and for community.

Information on the play:
This Wounded Island, is a new play, written by Kent-born and based playwright Natalie Mitchell, created with and through communities in Medway and North Kent. Told through a non-linear timeline, it examines the personal impact of a post- industrial Britain, taking in the social, political and economic realities faced by millions across the country. Through one couple, it explores what happens when your identity is closely tied to a job and place, and the consequences of losing them.

One town, one couple, forty years.

Brought together by their jobs in the Chatham Dockyard, Bob and Rose meet as excited teenagers in the 70s. From their first date, it’s clear that this is the start of something special. But unknown to them, the course of their relationship is intrinsically tied to the fortunes of the dockyard, and when it’s suddenly closed in the early 80s, their lives are irrevocably changed. Recovering from their losses isn’t going to be easy.

‘This Wounded Island’ is a love story, and a love letter to Chatham.

Project Dates:
Actor musicians must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. All rehearsals and performances take place in North Kent (Chatham Dockyard and The Woodville).

Rehearsals: 10am-6pm Monday 8th April - Thursday 25th April (no rehearsals at weekends or on Good Friday)

Performance dates: 26th, 29th 30th April, 01st, 02nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th May (times tbc but please keep daytimes and evenings free)

Pay rate: £1940 inclusive.

Audition Details:
We will be holding auditions for ​This Wounded Island​ on Friday 29th March, with the potential for call back on Saturday 30th March.
Auditions will take place in Gravesend, Kent.

How to apply:
To apply to attend the audition, please send a performance CV and a self tape* of an assigned scene from ​This Wounded Island​.
Please email ​​ for the script and assigned scenes.​
**All completed applications need to be submitted by ​5pm on Monday 25th March​**

*We are not expecting a high quality film.This can be recorded on your phone or other personal device.

The Team
We are proud to be an all-female creative and producing team, representing and gaining visibility for underrepresented voices in theatre. ​Anything Other​ performed their first show at Edinburgh Festival, gaining 5* reviews from A Younger Theatre, and were invited to perform at the New Diorama as part of Incoming Festival and at VAULT Festival the following year.

- Natalie Mitchell​- ​Writer,​ writes for television, theatre and radio. Her theatre work includes Can’t Stand Me Now as part of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival; Crawling in the Dark at the Almeida; and When They Go Low as part of the National Theatre Connections Programme 2018. She has also had plays presented at the Soho, Hampstead and Finborough Theatres. TV includes Holby City, Doctors, Ackley Bridge and two years as a core writer on EastEnders. Radio includes Proud for BBC Radio 3 and The Man Who Sold the World and Hidden Harm for BBC Radio 4. She was named on the BBC Talent Hot List 2017, and is also on the Board of Chatham based Icon Theatre.

- Liz Bacon- Director,​ has recently directed several shows for Arts Ed, presented work
at The Bunker Theatre (with Amplified Theatre Company), The Cockpit Theatre (Moonchild Theatre Company), New Diorama and at The Vaults (Fine Mess Theatre). Liz also works as a facilitator and curator, and frequently works with the Barbican Centre, Spitalfields Music, Synergy Theatre Project, No Ordinary Experience and is Artistic Associate for CLOD Ensemble and a teacher at BRIT School.

- Louisa Borg Costanzi-Potts​- Creative Producer is also Programme Producer for Fevered Sleep, is a CLORE graduate and was a Producer for Wookey Works, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Barbican and is a Trustee of Entelechy Arts.