Angel Exit Theatre are casting for their Autumn tour of The Ballad of Martha Brown
The Ballad of Martha Brown was created and went on a small tour last year. It is based on the true story of the last woman to be publicly hanged in Dorset for killing her abusive husband with an axe and then blaming it on the horse. The story is told by a gang of hollow-eyed buffoon storytellers, the previous victims of showman hangman from London, William Calcraft. Performed by an ensemble of five performers, the show is interspersed with gallows humour and live and recorded original music. It tours again this Autumn to a variety of small and mid-scale venues including Newbury Corn Exchange, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury and Halifax Square Chapel.
Angel Exit will also take it to colleges, schools and rural venues and run a programme of workshops alongside the show.
They are looking for two flexible and energetic male actors able to work as an ensemble, create strongcharacters and join in all aspects of touring required.
Performances: Tours from 21st September to 25th October
Location: Dorset and UK tour (most venues in South West, tour van will drop off in London)
ROLE 1: WILLIAM CALCRAFT / BERNARD / ENSEMBLE (male)
This actor MUST be an excellent violinist / viola player and have a strong singing voice. Able to play multiple characters. Bernard is a Dorset farmer, the first husband of Martha Brown. He is significantly older than her and rough but kind. A man of the soil. William Calcraft is the famous hangman who comes down from London on the train. He is linked with modern technology and worldy wise. He sees his profession as a respectable trade and likes to give the crowd a good show by making his victims twitch for as long as possible by using the short drop. All actors are part of an ensemble except Martha Brown in this show and experience of physical theatre is highly desirable. Driving license in a strong bonus. Please mention instrument level and driving license when applying. Playing age: 30-45
ROLE 2: JOHN BROWN/ ENSEMBLE (male)
Able to play multiple characters. John Brown is Martha's second husband who arrives at the farm with his family. He is lazy but charming and he seduces Martha (maybe for her money). After a whirlwind romance they move away and buy a shop, but John's attention is soon attracted elsewhere and he begins drinking. The relationship sours and becomes violent and one night Martha kills John with an axe in an act of self preservation. We need a physically strong and talented actor for this role. All actors are part of an ensemble except Martha Brown in this show and experience of physical theatre is highly desirable. Actor MUST hold a driving license and be willing to drive company van. Playing age: 20-35
Either: £440 plus subs (and all company travel and accommodation) if successful with ACE funding bid (find out on 10th August).
Or: £300 plus minimal subs (and all company travel and accommodation) if unsuccessful with the above.
Please apply even if you would only be able to commit to the fully paid ITC contract, the company will make decisions once funding outcome is established. (around 10th August).
Please share and pass on to any suitable actors. Thanks
More info about the show here on Angel Exit Theatre website.
CVs and Spotlight links to firstname.lastname@example.org with role applied for in subject line.
Closing date for applications: 13/07/15 10am
Auditions: 3rd/4th August (London)
Rehearsals: 7th - 19th September (in Dorset, Dorchester and Boscombe)
Audition by invitation only. Please include agency email address (or personal email address if submitting via Spotlight). Workshop auditions with some script sent in advance, and individual music calls for William Calcraft actor.