A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation will feature a professional cast of actors, but in every location a new group of amateur performers will play Bottom and the rude mechanicals, and local schoolchildren will play Titania’s fairy train.
The RSC and the Alhambra Theatre are now on the hunt for a group of amateur actors to be part of this special project.
Ian Wainwright, Producer, Royal Shakespeare Company comments:
“We are looking for a team of six amateur actors from a local company to play major roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when it visits Bradford in April 2016 at the Alhambra Theatre.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains probably theatre’s most famous amateur company, the Mechanicals, and some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters, such as Bottom, the group’s enthusiastic leading man, and Peter Quince the company’s long-suffering director.
Ian Wainwright, Producer, Royal Shakespeare Company continues:
“It’s a great opportunity for an amateur company, as the team chosen will receive training from the RSC as well as rehearse and perform with the RSC’s own professional cast. The amateur team will also get the opportunity to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to perform on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Summer 2016, the year in which the RSC marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.”
“We want to show that Shakespeare really is the people’s playwright and his words belong to everyone as performers as well as audience.”
Therefore Yorkshire needs the region’s amateur theatre companies to audition ready for the production’s visit to Bradford.
Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director, who will be directing the production comments:
“There’s some fantastic and unexpected talent out there in the amateur theatre world. It is a real treat to be able to bring the professional and amateur worlds together in this extraordinary tour.”
For information and to download the application form click here
Deadline for applications is Monday 16 March 2015.