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We are looking for three great people to join the team for our children's show Messy!

     Key info

  • Looking for 2 Actors and 1 Stage Manager

  • Rehearsal Dates: 16th - 18th and 22nd February

  • Tour dates: 23rd - 27th Feb; 5-6th March; 12-13th March

  • Actor fee - £100/day

  • Stage Manager fee - £110/day

  • Potential other dates to be added

  • Venues include Lyric Hammersmith, Theatr Clwyd and Pound Arts

  • Deadline for applications is Friday 14th January at 12pm

Note: Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to read how we support deaf, disabled and neurodiverse actors on this project, our access offer, COVID protocol & information on BSL/SSE and relaxed performances. 

 

 

ROLE 1 - Actor playing 'Daisy'

 

About the character

Daisy is a young girl who is creative, adventurous and energetic. She has ADHD, and we encourage actors with lived experience of ADHD or intersecting neurodivergent identities to apply (you do not need a formal diagnosis).

Required Skills/ Experience:

  • Adult actor, playing age 16-25

  • Any ethnicity

  • High energy performance style (expressive, fun and animated - this role requires stamina)

  • Strong movement skills 

  • British Sign Language skills - the performance uses Sign Supported English, but we will communicate in the rehearsal room using a mixture of BSL and English.

  • Confident speaking in rhythm - some of the text in the show is performed to a beat, do the performer needs to feel confident with holding basic spoken rhythm

  • Confidence in interacting with young audiences

  • Confidence in learning lines for a 30-minute show where you are the main character and speak in every scene, and being confident to learn a show with 1 preparation day with the director and 4 rehearsal days with the full team (we can provide a support worker to run through lines prior to rehearsals for neurodiverse/disabled candidates)

 

Preferred Skills/ Experience:

 

  • Circus skills - tumbling, handstands, cartwheels, juggling, clowning, mime etc.

  • Tap dancing

  • Puppetry experience 

  • Confidence performing in a relaxed performance setting (every Zoo Co performance is Relaxed As Standard)

  • Driver’s License

Note: These are skills we would be interested in hearing about on your application, if you have them. We do not need these skills in order to offer you the role.

Note regarding Access: Zoo Co’s Access Manager will lead on establishing best practices for the cast/creatives and will support you to fulfill this aspect of the role.

How to apply:

Please email casting@wearezooco.co.uk by Friday 14th January at 12pm with the following:

  • A short CV detailing any relevant training/ experience (Spotlight link is fine)

  • A clear picture of your face (Doesn't need to be a professional headshot, but make sure it is clear and a good likeness)

  • A short summary on why you think you would be a great fit for the project.

Note:

  • Please feel free to also add in any access needs you have.

  • If you would rather send a Video Intro in either English or BSL instead of a short summary, that is absolutely fine. In this video, Please introduce yourself, and tell us why you're a great fit for this project and role. No more than 1 minute please. 

ROLE 2 - Actor playing 'Beth'

 

About the character

Beth is kind, clever and creative. She is Daisy’s best friend, and often helps her stay on track and stay out of trouble. Beth is deaf, and we are only auditioning deaf actors for this role.

 

Required Skills/ Experience:

  • Adult actor, playing age of 16-25) 

  • Any ethnicity

  • Confident signer (role is mostly SSE grammar, with some BSL). Previous deaf actors have used voice and sign, but the show can be adapted for different communication styles.

  • Confident mover 

  • Confident in performing for young audiences

  • High energy performance style 

  • British Sign Language skills.

  •  Communication style: So far in this role, we have worked with 2 brilliant deaf actors who use both voice and sign language to communicate, but we are open to adapting the show in order to work with whoever is the best fit for the role.

  • Confidence in learning lines for a 30 minute show, where you are a supporting character, but appear in almost every scene, in 4 rehearsal days (we can provide a support worker to run through lines prior to rehearsals for neurodivergent/ disabled candidates) 

  • The role is mostly performed using Sign Supported English (as the show is predominantly aimed at neurodivergent young audiences), with some BSL. You do need to be a confident signer to perform this role. 

Preferred Skills/ Experience

 

  • Puppetry experience 

  • Confidence performing in a relaxed performance setting (every Zoo Co performance is Relaxed As Standard)

  • Driver’s License

Note: These are skills we would be interested in hearing about on your application, if you have them. We do not need these skills in order to offer you the role.

 

Note regarding Access: Zoo Co’s Access Manager will lead on establishing best practices for the cast/creatives and will support you to fulfill this aspect of the role.

How to apply:

Please email casting@wearezooco.co.uk by Friday 14th January at 12pm with the following:

  • A short CV detailing any relevant training/ experience (Spotlight link is fine)

  • A clear picture of your face (Doesn't need to be a professional headshot, but make sure it is clear and a good likeness)

  • A short summary on why you think you would be a great fit for the project.

Note:

  • Please feel free to also add in any access needs you have.

  • If you would rather send Video Intro in either English or BSL instead of a short summary, that is absolutely fine. In this video, Please introduce yourself, and tell us why you're a great fit for this project and role. No more than 1 minute please. 

ROLE 3 - Stage Manager

Rehearsal dates for SM: 18th and 22nd February

All SM Performance dates same as above

 

The SM will play an essential role in managing the tour of Messy by serving as the in-person representative of Zoo Co to venues and to the cast while on tour. They will ensure the cast is supported, that the venues and Zoo Co’s policies and best practices are followed, and that the tour keeps to the agreed schedule. In all things, they will be supported remotely by the Zoo Co Team in Croydon to ensure a safe, accessible process. 

Main duties:

  • Leading get-ins and get-outs at each venue (set is light and tourable)

  • Assisting with props and costume maintenance

  • Liaising with venue staff upon arrival at venue and helping the cast to abide by their policies

  • Operating the show (simple QLab sound file, minimal LX states)

  • Supporting the wellbeing of creatives on tour in conjunction with the Zoo Co Team

  • Communicating with Zoo Co team in London via show reports and check-in calls

  • If licensed, driving the  van to each venue stop

  • Assisting with scheduling and time management on tour

Essential skills/experiences:

  • British Sign Language skills equivalent to Level 1 or higher

  • Proven experience and knowledge of stage management

  • Experience operating a show with basic sound and light cues

  • Touring experience

  • Experience managing projects in a manner that is safe, accessible for deaf and neurodiverse creatives

  • Strong communication skills

 

Preferred Skills/ Experience:

  • Driver’s License

  • Experience managing COVID-safety compliance

  • British Sign Language skills equivalent to Level 2 or higher

Note: These are skills we would be interested in hearing about on your application, if you have them. We do not need these skills in order to offer you the role.

Note regarding access: Zoo Co’s Access Manager will lead on establishing best practices for the cast/creatives and will support you to fulfill this aspect of the role.

How to apply:

Please email casting@wearezooco.co.uk by Friday 14th January at 12pm with the following:

  • A short CV detailing any relevant training/ experience (we will also happily accept a link to your personal website) 

  • A short summary on why you think you would be a great fit for the project.

Note:

  • Please feel free to also add in any access needs you have.

  • If you would rather send Video Intro in either English or BSL instead of a short summary, that is absolutely fine. In this video, Please introduce yourself, and tell us why you're a great fit for this project and role. No more than 1 minute please. 

Our Access Offer

Note on Relaxed Performances:

All Zoo Co performances are relaxed as standard. A relaxed performance is when the normal, uptight rules of being in a British theatre audiences are relaxed, so that if audiences need to stand up, sit down, wriggle round, make noise, tic, fidget, leave or come back, that’s absolutely fine, and the play will continue as normal. Relaxed performances can be a bit noisier than non-Relaxed shows!

Note on BSL: 

We know BSL is currently not taught on the UK curriculum, and tuition can be expensive. Due to financial barriers to training, we will not ask for proof of formal qualifications. However, we expect artists to be able to sign at around a Level 2 standard - this means you will have Deaf Awareness skills, can confidently introduce yourself, hold basic conversations, fingerspell, and are familiar with BSL grammar and structure. We may make allowances for lower level of signing for neurodivergent/ deaf performers, who may have experienced additional barriers to learning, and where additional training may offer a valuable professional development skill for a marginalised actor. We unfortunately do not have capacity to take on a complete beginner in the timeline of this project.

Access offer within the project:

This project is led by a neurodivergent and deaf inclusive creative team, therefore, actors will not be required to be the sole representative of these groups in the rehearsal room. 

 

The creative team working on the project are predominantly competent signers. We will book BSL interpreters who are experienced in theatre settings wherever possible. 

 

There will be an Access Coordinator on this project, who will discuss your access needs confidentially with you prior to the project, and advise the creative team on what access provisions are needed in order for you to do your best work.

 

We work with a needs-based approach - we do not need proof of diagnosis to meet your access needs, unless required by Access to Work. The Access Coordinator will not share your diagnosis with anyone on the team unless you want us to. 

 

We ask that artists let us know, in confidence, as much about their access needs as possible prior to the start of the project, as we can only provide support for needs we know about. 

 

If you don’t know exactly what support would help you, we will discuss different options with you, and will endeavour wherever possible to meet any unexpected/ arising access needs during the project as they arise. 

 

This show has been created in collaboration with a Deaf Consultant to support the sign language translation, and actors are not expected to translate their own scripts.

 

All venues we rehearse in and tour to are wheelchair accessible as a prerequisite. We can provide additional funding for accessible travel for disabled performers. 

 

Possible challenges for neurodiverse/ deaf / disabled artists working on this project:

 

No project is perfect, and we know that although we are committed to access, we can never completely mitigate challenges. Where possible, we want to be upfront about the possible challenges a neurodiverse/ deaf/ disabled artist may face, so that you can make an informed choice as to whether to apply. 

 

The challenges we have identified are as follows, with examples of how we are working to mitigate them: 

 

  • This is a short re-rehearsal period - we have 4 days to get the cast ready to perform, and this may include adapting parts of the play to accommodate different skills/ communication styles. 

    • We will send scripts in advance.

    • We can provide line-learning support prior to the project start date for neurodivergent/ deaf/ disabled artists if needed.

    • We will ensure appropriate breaks throughout the rehearsal days to offer adequate rest.

  • This project is a touring project. Actors will be expected to support with get ins, tech, and get outs during the tour. You will need to share communal spaces (living room, kitchen, bathrooms) in digs with the touring team.

    • The set is light and easy to carry. Accommodations can be made for artists not able to support with lifting. 

    • We will ensure you have your own bedroom on tour.

    • We will aim to provide a quiet chill-out space available in venues, where a room is available. 

    • We can provide ear defenders/ other sensory support aids.

    • The tour is planned sensibly, with tour dates booked in nearby locations, and with plenty of breaks. 

  • This is an in-person gig, and we don’t know where we will be with the pandemic in March next year. In our deaf and hearing creative rooms, we often need to work maskless so that lipreading is feasible. 

    • We will ensure our testing is thorough, in line, or above and beyond, government guidance at the time

    • We will advise everyone who is not in the cast to socially distance from the cast and each other, and keep numbers of people in the room limited. 

 

COVID Safety:

We will provide a full Covid Risk Assessment at the start of the engagement based on the level of Covid risk at the time.