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Memories of the Marshland - Casting Call

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Call out for 2 or 3 Visually Impaired / Blind performers to join an R&D project.

 

Memories of the Marshland is a 6 day R&D process exploring a movement practice with a mixed ensemble of VI/blind and sighted performers. We will also be exploring creative audio description and creative access within the piece, ending with a public sharing and panel discussion. 

 

The project leads are Jack Norris, a disabled movement director, and Flo O’Mahony, Artistic Director of Zoo Co. Jack Norris has secured ACE Project funding for this project, with Zoo Co as delivery partners.

 

AVA - Protagonist, blind/ VI. Female-identifying, any ethnicity, but we are particularly interested in casting a Black or mixed Black actor in this role. 

 

EVELYN/ ENSEMBLE - Featured role and ensemble member, female-identifying, blind/ VI. Any ethnicity. 

 

We are keen to not put any restrictive skills/ age/ experience requirements on these castings; we’re keen to hear from people who may not yet have professional credits, as well as from more experienced actors. 

 

We’re keen to hear about any additional skills you might have in terms of:

- Movement/ dance (or exercise practices)

- Working in an ensemble 

- Working in an R&D room

- Musical / percussion skills 

 

PROJECT DETAILS:

 

Dates & Location:

14 & 15 March: R&D (Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge, London)

18 - 21 March: R&D (Jackson's Lane, Highgate, London)

21 March: Public sharing & panel discussion. 

Call times: 10am - 6pm

 

Fee:

£545 plus Holiday Pay (£644.10 total fee)

 

CASTING PROCESS

 

Applications close: Monday 5 February 2024, Noon.

 

To apply, please send a Spotlight / Mandy profile or actor’s CV outlining your performance background and credits, and links to any showreels or film content, to michelle@wearezooco.co.uk.

 

We will invite a small shortlist of candidates to an informal chat to discuss the piece and learn more about your work, and make casting decisions then.

 

About the team:

Jack Norris is an emerging Movement Director, writer and performer, who since 2019 has been working with some of the UK’s leading Physical Theatre companies. He is mentored by the likes of David Glass, Paul Hunter (Told by an Idiot), and Chris Evans (Gecko Theatre). Jack has Cystic Fibrosis. The relationship between having a chronic lung condition and working from a base of movement and breath is a contradiction which is integral to Jack’s practice.

 

Zoo Co:

Zoo Co is a multi-award winning theatre charity based in Croydon. We make electric, live theatre using devising, co-creation and improvisational methodologies to tell stories we think are urgent and compelling. We are recent Offie winners for Access for Perfect Show For Rachel at the Barbican, which won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. We recently produced Night Shift as part of This is Croydon, London Borough of Culture; a play by Paula B Stanic with a 50:50 deaf and hearing cast and creative team, performed in BSL, Spoken English and Visual Vernacular. 

 

We believe theatre is better when everybody is invited. We do not believe access is a destination that we can reach and say ‘job done’ - it is a work in progress. Our ongoing purpose is to ask who we are not currently warmly welcoming - in our rehearsal rooms, our office, our audiences, our workshops, and in the decisions society is making and to do the necessary work to address this with integrity, authenticity and creativity. 

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