Heart of Stone, is a new community play that is being developed with, and performed by the people of Portland, Dorset. Written by Black Ven Poet, Sarah Acton the play has been inspired by her time running a series of events and discussion cafes about Portland stone quarrying in an artist residency at Portland Museum.
The play will be developed with the Portland community during workshops at the Atlantic School, and with a new group of community players, led by a script that pays homage to Skylark Durston and the much-loved Portland Poets (Bob Wollage and George Davey, plus writer, Boy Male). Sarah is mixing text taken from audio recordings at the discussion cafes, plus interviews with geologists, and material from new intergenerational discussions, original story and songs, drawing on the history of stone on Portland, its people, earth history and climate change.
The workshops will bring together three diverse community groups over ten weeks next Spring, working towards two outdoor rehearsed public performances in early May 2021. The project is made possible by funding from the Arts Council England and support from B-side.
Find out more about the project here https://spark.adobe.com/page/uUjrE2AsDsfOy/
The Heart of Stone creative team are looking for an emerging actor/actress or performer to play a role in the play, work with director Charmaine K Parkin and help run some of the community workshops. We’d love this person to be some or all of the following, but we are committed to supporting the development of skills within the role:
- In the early stages of their career in theatre, acting or performing arts.
- Have a positive energy and enjoy working with a diverse range of people.
- Live locally to Portland or Weymouth, in Dorset.
- Have an existing passion or willingness to learn about Portland Stone, the life of the quarrymen, climate change and earth history.
- Have some experience in drama workshopping/facilitation and/or open air performance, or a keen interest to develop these skills.
We are looking to diversify both the core team and the community group involved with the project, so we actively encourage applications from individuals that are under-represented in the arts. If you’re from a minority ethnic group, part of the LGBTQ+ community, register as disabled or are from a lower socio-economic background, we will guarantee discussing your application further with you.
We will ask you to commit to one workshop a week from w/c 8th February for 10 weeks.
You will also need to be available for full days on Saturday 1st May, Sunday 2nd May and Monday 3rd May 2021 for rehearsals and performances.
Rate to be agreed but in line with ITC rates. Approximately 10 days work in total.
If you’d like to apply, please send a short video telling us what experience you have and why you’d like to be involved in the project to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 15th January 2021.