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BURNS LAST SUPPER | AUDITION CALL-OUT

Dec 12, 2022

Hopscotch Theatre will be returning after the New year with their popular Burns Last Supper, written by late founding member and Artistic Director Ross Stenhouse. 

The play Burns Last Supper is set in 2023 when Robert Burns awakes from the past clutching his holy grail of the Kilmarnock Edition of poems. For his last day on earth he goes on quite a journey. Instead o’ whining and whinging (he’s good at that!), he spends his last few hours recounting some famous faces, a few regrets, and most importantly, some of his most famous works from Tam O’ Shanter, tae Auld Lang Syne; A Man’s a Man to Tae a Mouse


Burns Last Supper calls for two actors excited by playing energetic roles, working in close proximity for the duration of the tour. If you are interested in reciting Burns pros and poetry, portraying a contemporary version of the man himself or playing out a host of supporting characters from his works then auditioning for one of these roles is for you! Burns Last Supper will be touring to children and families across Scotland in January and February 2023, supporting Burns Celebrations.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are seeking two performers comfortable with text, Scots pros and poetry, live unaccompanied song and instrumental playing. It is not essential that you can play an instrument but it is desirable, along with a clean driving licence. We also seek Glasgow based actors, rehearsals will take place at Hopscotch’s base in Govan and touring will primarily take place in the Central belt. 

Applications are open for performers  who are interested in developing their skills working and touring theatre for young audiences. The production is set to tour to primary schools within the central belt area and community venues celebrating Robert Burns. 

We welcome applications from performers who we have not met before and welcome applications from people who identify as; global majority, LGBTQI+, disabled or neurodiverse, working-class, and/or marginalised in the arts.

All applicants must be over 18 years old and have the right to work in the UK.

ROLES

ROBERT BURNS (20-30)

Playing age and description: Burns is played in various roles throughout his 36 year life space. We are looking for a young and contemporary take on the character. We anticipate that the actor will be male identifying. We welcome submissions from actors who are transgender, non-binary and/or non-conforming. He is a witty and passionate character who has profound intellectual energy and force.

JEAN ARMOUR/ & MULTI ROLE (20-30)Playing age and description: Jean Armour is the wife and poetic inspiration for Robert Burns. She is in her late teens to mid 20’s. This actor also takes on various other roles such as Satan, a bonnie lassie Jessie, Nelly Kilpatrick and many more.

DATES 
All dates are to be confirmed but working proposed dates are:

In rehearsal: 4th January 2023 – 18th January 2023 (TBC)
On tour: 19th January 2023 – 22nd February 2023  (TBC)

HOW TO APPLY

Casting will take place over a full day group casting session on Wednesday 21st December 10 a.m. – 3 pm.

This will be split into two parts with an anticipated one hour lunch break. Auditions will not be paid, however travel and subsidy can be covered via prior agreement between Hopscotch and auditionee. Please contact info@hopscotchtheatre.com to arrange.

STAGE ONE: SELF-TAPE

We are inviting self-tapes, submitted through our online form, this is to include:

  • A one minute extract from the downloadable text of your chosen role.*
  • A one minute unaccompanied song: Ae Fond Kiss or Auld Lang Syne

Please send your tape via a downloadable link (YouTube, Dropbox or Vimeo) or transfer (WeTransfer).

  • A CV and Headshot (attached to email)
  • A completed our equalities monitoring form, which can be found here.

All applications must be sent to arron@hopscotchtheatre.com including the above. All audition material can be found here.

Deadline: Friday 16th December at MIDDAY.

Please note: there is no need to learn the script for self-tape.

STAGE TWO: GROUP AUDITION

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the in-person workshop audition. Any additional information will be provided at this stage.

A shortlist of candidates will be invited to a recall audition at our rehearsal studio in Govan on Wednesday 21st December between 10 am to 3 .m. with members of the Hopscotch Theatre team including Director Calum Moore in attendance. 

Please contact Hopscotch if you need support i.e travel and subsistence to attend the audition.

OUTCOME

All applicants will be notified by email no later than Friday 23rd December. 

If unsuccessful, Hopscotch wishes to retain your information on file should further casting opportunities arise. We will ask for permission to do so at this stage and will comply in line with GDPR.

GET IN TOUCH

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal conversation, please do not hesitate to contact us via email on info@hopscotchtheatre.com and one our team will arrange an opportunity to speak with you.

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