'Jerusalem is a bold, ebullient and often hilarious State-of-England or (almost) State-of-Olde-England play...[Johnny] is a shrewd, bold, defiant, charismatic, even mesmeric man born out of his time. Imagine King Arthur reincarnated as a troll and you have something of the quality he brings to the debased pastoral he grittily, comically and finally mournfully inhabits ' — The Times
Please note: The deadline has now passed and we are unable to accept any more applications.
About the play
Midsummer's eve, in his encampment on the edge of town, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, ex daredevil rider and modern day Pied Piper, is a hotly wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son, Marky wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. Johnny want his freedom, as an Englishman living in the woods, and he wants all his friends and acquaintances to rise to the challenge of living the full, exuberent, caring and passionate life he believes an Englishman should aspire to.
About the opportunities
Onstage and offstage roles are equally important. In both areas, professionals will guide and support the team so that almost all the roles in this production will taken on by the assembled company of enthusiasts.
This will be an ensemble production; there will be opportunities for the cast and crew to participate in collective action, music and singing.
There will be no charge for participating, and a small sum will be paid to all participants to offset some expenses.
Although there's plenty of information here, there will be an open session on Thursday 9th January, 7pm at Exeter Northcott, where you will be able to meet the team, and find out more.
People for onstage roles will be chosen through practical workshops in February. People for offstage roles will be recruited in a similar way. Checkout the timetable HERE.
You need to submit the signing up form by 13th Jan.
The series of four performing workshops will be enjoyable and learning exercises in themselves. We will play, sing, make noise, learn vocal skills and treat each other carefully over a couple of hours. Sessions will last for two hours and we ask that you attend at least three. We will run two identical workshops each Sunday for 20 participants. There is no charge but please take up your place if you are offered one. After the worshops we will create a cast.
All these roles are important to the play. Actors will need to be comfortable with the challenge of creating high energy physical performances which carry outdoors and which are emotionally precise. You will relish strong text and enjoy actively contributing to an ensemble style of working.
On Stage and Off Stage Opportunities
A variety of intern and volunteer positions will be available to develop skills alongside a professional team of theatre makers. Each role will be hands on and involve working closely with the core creative team – an ideal opportunity to gain valuable industry experience, while helping us to fully realise this wonderful and exciting project for Devon.