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Mother Goose Summary

The Customs House is casting for it’s festive season pantomime!

We’ve HATCHed a plan… The EGG-cellent fairy tale of Mother Goose gets a CRACKING Cooksonville remake for 2024. Packed with song, dance and lots of laughter, the YOLKS are guaranteed to CRACK you up.

Roles and information are below, to apply send over your Acting CV or Spotlight link to: [email protected] by midnight on 22nd April.

Production details

Audition Dates will be1st/2nd/3rd of May 2024.
Rehearsal Dates: 05th November 2024 – 21st November 2024
Show Dates: 21st November 2024 – 05th January 2025 (All dates are inclusive of days off).
Fee: Equity – Above Minimum
Must have a base within 25 miles of The Customs House, South Shields

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Dolly: The Mayor’s Daughter. A strong wise leader of men …well at least her father.

●    Playing Age: 20-30

●    Great Singing Voice

●    Good Dancing Ability

●    Female identifying

Desirable:

●    Special Skills: Any additional talents such as musical instruments, stage combat, or magic. If you have any, please let us know!

 

Priscilla the Goose: A lost soul who is losing feathers and faith in mankind. She fell from gooseland as an egg and has been trying to get home or find a home, ever since.

●    Female identifying

●    We’d like to meet tall actors for this role ideally 5ft 7+

●    Playing age 18+

●    Great physical comedy skills

●    Ability to dance

●    Good singing skills

 

Tylwyth Teg: A mythological creature, from the fairy folk of Wales. Sent from Gooseland to find and keep an eye on Priscilla. Tylweth Teg is mischievous by nature and knows how to handle the demons on earth.

●    Playing age 18+

●    any gender

●    Strong singer

●    Great physical nature

Desirable:

●    Interested in meeting actors who have a Welsh accent in their rep.

 

Waldorf – The Town Clerk (Understudy Dame and Comic): Waldorf is a conniving character who fancies himself as the power behind the throne… or the mayor’s chair. He’s easily swayed by the right price.

●   Playing age 25-35

●    Great singing and dancing ability

●    Male identifying

Desirable

●    a special skill helpful but not essential

●    Previous experience in dame and/or comic roles.

This actor will receive an under-study payment covering both the roles of Dame and Comic, with additional payment for performances on stage.


Auditions are now open for our Takeover 2024 play – DEMONS by Jonathan Iceton

 

We are looking for five young actors aged 17 to 25 for this year’s Takeover play DEMONS by Jonathan Iceton.

DEMONS will be staged on Friday 31st May at 7:30pm in the Main House of The Customs House.

About the play

Hidden away in the musty basement of Xaos Games, Low-Fell’s premier Dungeons and Dragons group meet each week in secret. Or, they used to. Once a thriving nerdy community boasting multiple campaigns, now only five consistent members remain, and even then it’s a miracle if they all show up on time.

Ti, Dan, Matt, Samantha, and Jade are a group of otherwise unlikely friends who gather around the table each week to fight goblins, compare polyhedral dice, and forget the doldrum of their normal lives. But recently, it’s seemed like even these five might be drifting apart.

One fateful evening, they sit down and try to play a game, but their personal lives keep getting in the way. Will their characters (or their friendships) survive the night? Or will their own demons overcome them?

Roles

TI – 19, Non-binary (they/them)

Stayed in Newcastle for uni. Non-binary, though not as out as they’d want to be. Shy, a little awkward, with a vivid imagination. Gets the 21 to Gateshead for the “Sad Shop” game nights. Holds their characters very close to their heart. Plays a half-elf Ranger, Reyti.

DAN – 25, male identifying (he/him)

Low Fell native. IT Consultant and hates it. Beginnings of a beer belly, scraggly beard, heart of gold. Archetypal nerd who feels older than he is. Has been attending game nights at the “Sad Shop” for many years. Long serving Dungeon Master.

MATT – 21, male identifying (he/him)

Grew up in Bensham. Highly intelligent and a bit socially unaware. Third year in Computer Science who’s been playing almost as long as Dan has; D&D is his lifeblood and he takes it very seriously. Plays a human wizard, Azrus.

SAMANTHA – 20, female identifying (she/her)

Proud Geordie, prouder bisexual. Chaotic good personified – loud, reckless but caring. Everyone’s favourite bartender at the D&P in town, but dreams of more. Loves the spotlight both in-game and out. Plays a terrifying bard, Kallista.

JADE ­– 23, female identifying (she/her)

Birtley lass. Introspective with a dry sense of humour and a lot kept below the surface. Apprenticing to be a nurse at the QE. A bit of a goth, who gets her frustrations out in-game – most of her ‘solutions’ involve stabbing. Plays a wood-elf rogue, Diego.

RADGE

West Denton lad known only by his nickname. Cocky, rough and utterly apologetic. An unlikely D&D player roped into the game last minute, with a few more wits about him than you might assume. Multi-roled by the actor playing Jade.

Timeframe and further information

The auditions will be held at The Customs House on 24 and 25 April between 10.30am and 5.30pm and each actor offered an audition will be allocated a 15 minute slot.

This is an opportunity for emerging actors to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing a new piece of work, however no previous professional experience is required. We are keen to hear from as many new or emerging young actors as we can, so please don’t feel deterred from getting in touch if you currently don’t have a lot of experience.

Due to the conditions of our funding, actors will need to be 25 and under (minimum age 17) and be from or living in the North East of England.

We will not be accepting self-tape submissions for this opportunity.

To apply for an audition please send us your acting CV or Spotlight link with which character you’d like to be considered for and briefly outline why you feel you would benefit from this opportunity. Please note that we anticipate high demand for audition slots will exceed the spaces available and we will be in touch once the deadline closes to let you know if you have an audition.

Interested actors would need to be available for rehearsals, which will be from Sunday 26 May to Friday 31 May (10am-5pm) at The Customs House, as well as for the performance on Friday 31 May at 7.30pm.

The fee is £545 per actor.

Closing date 3pm on Tuesday 16th April, 2023.

To apply for the opportunity, please email [email protected]


Call Out – Young Writer in Residence (The Takeover Festival 2024)

We are delighted to be preparing for our Takeover Festival for 2024. Each year The Customs House is taken over by emerging artists and arts professionals aged up to 25 years of age for a week of theatre, cinema, music, breakdance, poetry, creative workshops and visual art.

The Young Writer in Residence’s opportunity has become an important talent development opportunity for our venue, and the region with many of the previous play’s alumni going on to be represented by theatrical agents and creating huge interest in the writers’ work. The chosen writer will be mentored by a professional playwright and will have their work staged in the Main House as the finale of Takeover Festival on Friday 31st May 2024.

We are keen to hear stories that aren’t usually seen on stage, and are seeking submissions which have young people’s voices at its heart, and a narrative that is firmly rooted in the north east. The final version would run at between 45-60 minutes, with no interval and would be suitable for audiences aged 14+. There would need to be roles for five young actors (17-25 years), these may play single parts or as multi-roles.

Key dates for chosen writer:

  • 5 April : Deadline for submission of a detailed synopsis, character list & suitable audition sides
  • 24-25 April: Auditions for actors at The Customs House (the writer is invited to be part of the audition panel)
  • 6th May: Final draft submitted

Because of our funding, the Young Writer in Residence would need to be aged 25 or under and be from/live in the North East of England. The total fee allocated to the writer for the opportunity is £1000.

Eligible writers should submit the following:

Name, date of birth, and a brief biog.

Title, a synopsis and up to 15 minutes of your play.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 27th March at 12:00pm midday.


Little Red Riding Hood – Actor Call Out

This Easter join Red, Granny and Dennis! in Cooksonville as they bring to life the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

We are looking for energetic, family friendly performers with strong singing and good movement skills to bring these bold characters to life. We are also keen on meeting people that we haven’t worked with in the past. Pantomime experience preferred.

Fee – £501.42 per week.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 31st January.  Auditions will take place 5th February. Email submissions to [email protected].

Production dates: Rehearsals from 11th March 2024 – 30th March 2024 (inclusive of days off). Shows from 30th March 2024 running until 6th April 2024.

Must have a base within 25 miles of South Shields.

Please note, we will not be accepting self-tape submissions.

Character Breakdowns

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Our feisty heroine who battles the wolf and saves the pigs.

  • Very Strong Singer and Dancer
  • 5ft 4 – 5ft 7
  • Playing Age 18 – 25
  • Female identifying

PRINCE

He is everything you’d expect from an entitled man. Tall dark and handsome (even if this is just in his own head)

  • Strong Dancer and Singer
  • 5ft 8in +
  • Playing age 25-30
  • Male Identifying

GRANNY HOOD / DAME

Granny is a lovable and eccentric character with a wicked sense of humour. She considers herself very attractive and desirable. She may have a feisty or adventurous side.

  • Energetic performer with good movement skills.
  • Good singing voice.
  • Playing age 50-60 years
  • All Genders.

WOLF

A typical pantomime villain, the wolf is a master of deceit, able to disguise their true intentions with a charming facade. Intelligent and crafty, they are quick to formulate plans and adapt to changing situations.

  • Strong melodramatic delivery
  • Very good singing voice
  • Strong dancer.
  • Playing age 30-50 Years
  • All Genders. 

BRATWURST

A comedic Daddy Pig who speaks with a German Accent.

  • Good singing voice and dance ability
  • Height of around 6ft
  • Playing Age 25 – 45
  • Male Identifying

CHORIZO

A comedic Mammy Pig who speaks with a Spanish accent

  • Good Singing voice and dance ability
  • Height around 5ft-5ft 6in
  • Playing Age 25 – 45F
  • Female Identifying

SAVELOY

The baby pig of the family, who speaks with a Geordie Accent

  • Good Singing Voice and Dance Ability
  • Height Max 5Ft 4”
  • Playing Age 18 – 25
  • All Genders.

Call Out –  A World Away (Children’s Theatre Piece Co-Production)

Following on from the success of last year’s show, A World Away – The Little Prince by Carlosara&co. , we are again seeking submissions for creatives who have an expertise in making children’s theatre, in particular work that uses visual storytelling, without spoken words.

We are keen to hear from those who use music and sound creatively in their practice.

The piece will be approximately 50 minutes long, and will be based upon a well known story or tale, and would be most suitable for children who have EAL, d/Deaf, and those aged seven and under.

The piece of theatre will be performed at The Customs House, and in South Tyneside schools, so must be easily transferable.

The appointed creative/s would be responsible for the following areas:

  • Appointing three actors and a director
  • Devising the piece with the three actors (1 week)
  • Rehearsals (1 week)
  • Create/source all props, costumes, staging/set dressing, creative materials
  • Produce all music and sound (as MP3s)

The fee is as follows:

  • Writer/devising fee £2000
  • Actor/performer costs for 1 x week devising/R&D, 1 week of rehearsals and 1 week of performances)= £560 x 3 weeks x 3 performers = £5040 (including holiday pay)
  • Director Fee= £650 x 3 weeks =£1950
  • Production Costs (props, costumes, staging/set dressing, creative materials) £3000

Key Dates:

Panel Interview will be 14th March 2024 and will be conducted via zoom.

Performance dates are: 22nd, 23rd June at The Customs House with school performances prior or post to home venue dates.

Interested creatives should submit a proposal of their ideas and plans, including timeframe for producing their work, and indicative budget, as well as an outline of how their show would transfer to other venues.

Applications should be sent to [email protected].

Deadline for applications is 1st March at 12.00pm.

We would welcome seeing images or video links to previous, relevant work.


Actor Call Out – PLAY 3

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for 1 actor to work with an ensemble on the extracts (15 min per play) of five new plays to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Monday 23rd October.

Each of the pieces are based in the heart of the North East and will be directed by Rob Cliverd.

Rehearsals will take place 21st-22nd October from 10am-4.30pm culminating in a rehearsed reading at 7pm in The Customs House Studio.

The fee is £540.50

This is an opportunity for emerging actors to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing new pieces of work and are particularly keen on hearing from those who are currently unrepresented.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We will be holding auditions on 4th October at The Customs House between 10am and 5pm. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Casting Breakdown

Female identifying – Playing age 30+

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their name, a brief bio and their acting CV/Spotlight to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer at [email protected].

Deadline for applications closes 12pm midday on 26th September.


Dennis And Friends Musical Monster Mash Up

Come along and join us this Halloween for spell-binding music, cauldrons of fun and frighteningly good games for all the family.
It’s going to be wicked!!

We are seeking to cast three performers to be part of our Children’s Halloween show. Must be a strong vocalist and dancer. Previous pantomime experience or working in children’s entertainment is preferred. Submissions from within 25 miles of South Shields only please to [email protected]

Contract Information

  • Auditions will be held in person on 26th September 2023 at The Customs House, South Shields.
  • Rehearsals 23rd October 2023 – 31st October 2023 (including day off)
  • Performances 31st October 2023 – 2nd November 2023
  • Pay: Equity Minimum

Role Breakdown

  • Playing Age: Any age
  • Height: Any height
  • Gender: Any gender
  • Appearance: Any appearance

Deadline for submissions is Monday 18 September at 12.00pm.


Writers Call Out for PLAY 3

For the third year running, we’re opening the doors to another raft of great new writing.PLAY3 is an opportunity for five writers to have 15 minutes of their play performed as a rehearsed reading by professional actors as part of an evening of new writing on Monday 23 October at 7.00pm.

We are seeking submissions that are set in the heart of the North East, which will be performed and directed by a professional team.

There will be four actors available for each play, so you may prefer to write for these or for the option of multi-roles. Successful writers will be given audience feedback, following the rehearsed reading, and each will be offered the opportunity to have a meeting with The Customs House to support the work’s development or progression.

One of the PLAY pieces of writing will also get The Peter Lathan Prize for New Writing with £2000 worth of in-kind support from the venue. This may be, but isn’t exclusive to, rehearsal space, staff time, or use of facilities.

Writers will need to be from or reside in the North East of England.

Interested writers should submit the following:

  • Name, location, and a brief bio.
  • Title of play, a brief synopsis, cast break-down and up to 15 minutes of their play.

We are particularly keen to hear unheard stories and voices, from anyone who has a story to share, not only those who have previous writing experience.

The deadline for submissions is midday 11/9/23 and entrants should be sent to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer: [email protected]


Theatre Director Call Out – The Bench

Contract Type: Freelance

Rate: £3000

The Customs House are seeking a skilled and passionate individual to join our team for The World Premier of “The Bench” by Jeff Brown.

About the play

“The Bench” is a poignant and captivating new play crafted by the emerging playwright, Jeff Brown. Set against the backdrop of a northern football town, this gripping tale revolves around Adi, a young Congolese footballer who finds himself trapped in a world of staggering wealth, yet plagued by a profound sense of isolation.

In a fateful encounter on a park bench, he crosses paths with a resilient young mother, Vicky and her son Georgey. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, navigating the complexities of their own identities.

The Bench has an ensemble cast of eight. With multi-rolling actors and two child performers.

Project Timeline:

R&D Week commencing 14th August (specific days to be confirmed)

Rehearsals: 4th – 17th September

Technical Rehearsals: 18th – 20th September

Performances: 20th September – 23rd September

As the Director, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and bringing this production to life, working closely with the writer in the initial R&D process to provide dramaturgical support.

Your creative vision, leadership, and ability to collaborate with a diverse team of actors, designers, and technicians will be crucial to the success of the project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a compelling artistic vision for the production
  • Collaborate closely with the creative team to ensure a cohesive and impactful experience for the audience
  • Guide and inspire the cast through the rehearsal process, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment
  • Work closely with The Customs House team to ensure seamless integration of technical elements during the tech rehearsals
  • Ensure the overall artistic integrity and quality of the performance

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proven experience as a Theatre Director with at least one professional credit of a full length play.
  • Desired but not essential experience with new writing. Including the R&D process and dramaturgical support.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a team
  • Experience working with diverse casts and crews

We are committed to fostering inclusivity and diversity within our creative team.

It is important to us to have a Director who may share the lived experiences of either of the two main characters to help us to convey the story with authenticity and depth.

We particularly encourage applications from those who identify as underrepresented within the Arts.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday 5th July. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted

 

Grown Up Writin’ by Louise Powell

We are currently casting for Grown Up Writin’ one of our two First Play Club pieces.

First Play Club is a new initiative which offers creatives of all ages the chance to come together and develop their first professional credit on a new production to be performed at The Customs House in a range of creative roles such as writing, set design, LX design, costumes, SFX design/composition and movement.

For this opportunity we will be auditioning represented and non represented actors.

About the play

It’s September 2007, and there’s more than GCSEs on 16 year old Kayleigh’s mind. She has detention to dodge, a depressed Mam to worry about, and a deep desire for chicken and sweetcorn pizzas. Kayleigh knows she relies too much on her best friend Ruth to keep her out of trouble, and tries to support her bid for a scholarship at private Yearby High Sixth Form.

Yet when she catches the eye of 21 year old delivery driver Sam, Kayleigh sets in motion a chain of events which doesn’t just endanger her friendship with Ruth, but both their futures too…

Characters

Kayleigh – Female, age 16 (playing age 15-25)

Ruth – Female, age 15 (playing age 15-25)

Due to the setting of the play, actors will need to either have/or be able to speak with a Teesside accent

Production Dates

Audition day – 20th July at The Customs House.

Rehearsals – 24st August – 6th September

Get in – 7th September

Performances – 8th, 9th, 10th September

The fee is £545.50 p/w x 3 weeks – total £1636.50

Actors will need to have a North East base.

To apply for an audition please send us your acting CV or Spotlight link  to [email protected] with which character you’d like to be considered for and briefly outline why you feel you would benefit from this opportunity.

Deadline for applications – 10th July at 12pm midday.

 


Wearmouth by Ben Gettins

We are currently casting for Wearmouth, one of our two First Play Club pieces.

First Play Club is a new initiative which offers creatives of all ages the chance to come together and develop their first professional credit on a new production to be performed at The Customs House in a range of creative roles such as writing, set design, LX design, costumes, SFX design/composition and movement.

For this opportunity we will be auditioning represented and non represented actors.

About the play

Two men, who are both struggling to come to terms with the events of their past meet at Sunderland’s Wearmouth Bridge every match day and navigate their way through the struggles of their own mental health, Sunderland Football Club and the ever changing world around them. All the while keeping an eye on the score. Is it the connection that these two men have to their club what’s delaying the jump or is it simply the connection that’s been built between two strangers what keeps getting them out of bed. Whatever it is, will it be enough to prevent them coming face to face with the bottom of the Wear?

The play is set today.

Characters

Luke – Male, playing age early to mid 20s.

Steven – Male, playing age 50s.

Due to the play’s setting, actors will need to either have/or be able to speak with a Sunderland accent

Production Dates

Audition day – 13th July at The Customs House.

Rehearsals and tech – 21st August – 2nd September

Get in – 3rd September

Show dates – Monday 4th September – Wednesday 6th September

The fee is £545.50 p/w x 3 weeks = total £1636.50

Actors will need to have a North East base.

How to apply

To apply for an audition please send us your acting CV or Spotlight link to [email protected] with which character you’d like to be considered for and briefly outline why you feel you would benefit from this opportunity.

Deadline for applications – 3rd July by 12pm midday


First Play Club – Director Call (Wearmouth by Ben Gettins)

First Play Club is a new initiative which offers creatives of all ages the chance to come together and develop their first professional credit on a new production to be performed at The Customs House.

First Play Club will incorporate a range of creative roles such as writing, set design, LX design,  costumes, SFX design/composition and movement.

We are seeking two directors to work on our inaugural First Play Club plays.

About the play

Wearmouth by Ben Gettins.

Two men, who are both struggling to come to terms with the events of their past meet at Sunderland’s Wearmouth Bridge every match day and navigate their way through the struggles of their own mental health, Sunderland Football Club and the ever changing world around them. All the while keeping an eye on the score. Is it the connection that these two men have to their club what’s delaying the jump or is it simply the connection that’s been built between two strangers what keeps getting them out of bed. Whatever it is, will it be enough to prevent them coming face to face with the bottom of the Wear?

The play is set today.

Characters

Luke – Male, early to mid 20s.

Steven – Male, 50s.

Key dates

Deadline for applications – 19th June, 12pm.

Interview dates – w/c 26th June.

Audition day – 13th July. Must be available all day.

Rehearsals – 21st August – 2nd September

Get in – 3rd September

Performances – 4th, 5th, 6th September

The fee is £650 p/w x 3 weeks – total £1950

Due to the content of the script, we are seeking a director with lived experience as a male.

Directors will need to have a North East base.

We are looking to work with a candidate who may not have a professional credit as a director under our First Play Club criteria. For example, you may have experience as an assistant director, or as a director for amateur theatre or have a credit around rehearsed readings/scratch nights.

Interested directors should submit the following:

Name, location, a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Fiona Martin, Deputy Director at [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a face-to-face/zoom meeting.

 


First Play Club – Director Call (Grown Up Writin’ by Louise Powell)

First Play Club is a new initiative which offers creatives of all ages the chance to come together and develop their first professional credit on a new production to be performed at The Customs House.

First Play Club will incorporate a range of creative roles such as writing, set design, LX design,  costumes, SFX design/composition and movement.

We are seeking two directors to work on our inaugural First Play Club plays.

About the play

Grown Up Writin’ by Louise Powell.

It’s September 2007, and there’s more than GCSEs on 16 year old Kayleigh’s mind. She has detention to dodge, a depressed Mam to worry about, and a deep desire for chicken and sweetcorn pizzas. Kayleigh knows she relies too much on her best friend Ruth to keep her out of trouble, and tries to support her bid for a scholarship at private Yearby High Sixth Form.

Yet when she catches the eye of 21 year old delivery driver Sam, Kayleigh sets in motion a chain of events which doesn’t just endanger her friendship with Ruth, but both their futures too…

Characters

Kayleigh – Female, playing age 16.

Ruth – Female, playing age 15.

Key dates

Deadline for applications – 19th June, 12pm.

Interview dates – w/c 26th June.

Audition day – 20th July. Must be available all day.

Rehearsals – 24st August – 6th September

Get in – 7th September

Performances – 8th, 9th, 10th September

The fee is £650 p/w x 3 weeks – total £1950

Directors will need to have a North East base.

We are looking to work with a candidate who may not have a professional credit as a director under our First Play Club criteria. For example, you may have experience as an assistant director, or as a director for amateur theatre or have a credit around rehearsed readings/scratch nights.

Interested directors should submit the following:

Name, location, a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Andrew Walker, Participation & Engagement Producer at [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a face-to-face/zoom meeting.


Call Out- Children’s Theatre Piece Co-Production

The Customs House are seeking submissions for creatives who have an expertise in making children’s theatre, in particular work that uses visual storytelling, without spoken words.

We are keen to hear from those who use music and sound creatively in their practice.

The piece will be approximately 50 minutes long, and will be based upon a well known story or tale, and would be most suitable for children who have EAL, d/Deaf, and those aged seven and under.

The piece of theatre will be performed at The Customs House, and in South Tyneside’s parks, so would need to be able to transfer to the outdoors.

The appointed creative/s would be responsible for the following areas:

  • Appointing four actors and a director
  • Devising the piece with the four actors (1 week)
  • Rehearsals (1 week)
  • Create/source all props, costumes, staging/set dressing, creative materials
  • Produce all music and sound (as MP3s)

The fee is as follows:

  • Creatives (writer/devising fee £2500, actor/performer costs for 1 x week devising/R&D, 1 week of rehearsals and 1 week of performances + 3 days in South Tyneside parks)= £477.54 x 4 weeks x 4 performers= £7640.64
  • Director Fee= £700 x 3 weeks =£2100
  • Production Costs (props, costumes, staging/set dressing, creative materials) £2000

Key Dates:

Deadline for applications is 15 May at 12.00pm. Panel Interview will be w/c 22 May.

Performance dates are:

The Customs House, w/c 27 July.

Park dates, 4, 7 and 11 August.

Interested creatives should submit a proposal of their ideas and plans, including timeframe for producing their work, and indicative budget, sent to [email protected]. We would welcome seeing images or video links to previous, relevant work.


The Little Panto with The Big Heart 2023 Auditions

Come with us on a magical Cooksonville Adventure as we tell the tale of Aladdin…The Award-Winning Little Panto with The Big Heart is based at The Customs House South Shields and has been entertaining sold out audiences for 27 years.

Production Dates:
Rehearsals and Tech: Tuesday 7th – Thursday 23rd November
Show Dates: Thursday 23rd November – Saturday 6th January
Production location: South Shields, United Kingdom

Director: Ray Spencer
Contract Type: Equity – Above minimum
Casting Location: South Shields/ Self Tape/ Zoom meeting, United Kingdom
Casting Details: Following receipt of submissions, selections will be made, and invites will be sent out for audition. At that stage, auditionees will be asked to submit a self-tape (deadline will be 4th May 2023 at 5pm)

If the director is interested in any actors from the self-tape process, we may request to meet them via zoom at an in-person audition in South Shields.
Please click HERE to send your CV/spotlight to [email protected]. Closing date 5pm 28th April 2023.

Genie
Playing age 20-30
Performer from the Global Majority
Any Gender
Eccentric, unpredictable magical character. Entertaining, charismatic and zany. MT strengths preferred. Interested in extra skills such as circus skills, dancing, gymnastic ability, musicianship, magic, impressions, strong accent skills etc.

Contract Type: Equity – Above Minimum
Contract Info: £550 per week + holiday pay + additional show payment + US/Swing payment.
Relocation / Per diems: negotiable.


Auditions are open for our Takeover 2023 play – ‘Where Did All The Magpies Go?’ by Holly Readshaw

Our Takeover Young Writer in Residency opportunity is back for 2023 with ‘Where Did All The Magpies Go?’ by Holly Readshaw.

Following on from the successes of our previous Young Writer in Residence plays Down the Lines by Owen Saunders and Cherryade Supernova by Andrew Finnigan, ‘Where Did All The Magpies Go?’ will be directed by Rosie Bowden.

‘Where Did All The Magpies Go?’ will be staged on Friday 2nd June at 7:30pm in the Main House, The Customs House as part of Takeover Festival 2023.

About the play

Late at night, Hazel returns home from her holiday in Spain. She sleeps on the sofa and wakes to learn that her housemates have no idea who she is. After trying to convince them that they’re her friends and that she does live here, Hazel soon realises, to her horror, that not only have they forgotten her, they’ve also forgotten the existence of Gateshead and Newcastle altogether…

Roles:

Hazel – Playing age (Late teens/early 20s)

Hazel is a proud Geordie hailing from Gateshead. She’s recently been on holiday to Spain and has come home to find that Newcastle and Gateshead don’t exist and she is the only person who remembers them ever existing in the first place. She’s passionate about her Northern roots, particularly about Gateshead and the significance that Geordie figures have had on everyday life.

Oliver – Playing age (Early 20s)

Oliver originates from the North, just outside of Middlesbrough, but now lives in Australia and is back home, visiting his family, when we meet him. An extrovert, Oliver has found that he often irritates people with his confidence mixed with sarcasm, but that doesn’t stop him from being himself. Upon meeting Hazel, he tries his best to help her find a solution to her problems – even if that solution is somewhat outlandish.

Jake – Playing age (Late teens/early 20s)

Hazel’s housemate and old university friend. Jake takes no nonsense and is quick to assume Hazel has broken into their home. He is the more reluctant housemate to hear her story and consider the existence of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Evie – Playing age (late teens/early 20s)

Hazel’s housemate and old university friend. Evie is curious as to whether there is any truth to Hazel’s stories about Newcastle and Gateshead. More open-minded than Jake, Evie is willing to let Hazel pitch herself to her ‘housemates’ but still ultimately takes Jake’s side when determining whether to kick Hazel out of their home.

Officer Mitchell – (Early/mid 20s)

A police officer, manning the front desk. Mitchell is serious and easily agitated by inconveniences of all levels. She’s had previous run-ins with Oliver and considers him a major irritation.

Officer Newton – (Early/mid 20s)

Another police officer who has a love of fitness. Newton interviews Hazel about the disappearance of notable North East figures but also maintains an exercise routine while conducting the interview. Newton is eccentric in her ways but always gets the job done, no matter what little evidence she has.

Timeframe and further information

The auditions will be at The Customs House on 19 and 20 April between 10.30am and 5.30pm and each actor will be allocated a 15 minute slot.

This is an opportunity for emerging actors to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing a new piece of work, however no previous professional experience is required. We are keen to hear from as many new or emerging young actors as we can, so please don’t feel deterred from getting in touch if you currently don’t have a lot of experience.

Due to the conditions of our funding, actors will need to be 25 and under (minimum age 17) and be from or living in the North East of England.

To apply for an audition please send us your acting CV or Spotlight link with which character you’d like to be considered for and briefly outline why you feel you would benefit from this opportunity.

Interested actors would need to be available for rehearsals, which will be from Sunday 28 May to Friday 2 June (10am-5pm) at The Customs House, as well as for the performance on Friday 2 June at 7.30pm.

The fee is £525 per actor.

Closing date 12pm on 14th April, 2023. 

To apply for the opportunity, please email [email protected]


Call Out- Young Writer in Residence (The Takeover 2023)

We are delighted to be preparing for our Takeover Festival for 2023. Each year The Customs House is taken over by emerging artists and arts professionals aged up to 25 years of age for a week of theatre, cinema, music, breakdance, poetry, creative workshops and visual art.

The Young Writer in Residence’s opportunity has become an important talent development opportunity for our venue, and the region with many of the previous play’s alumni going on to be represented by theatrical agents and creating huge interest in the writers’ work. The chosen writer will be mentored by a professional playwright and will have their work staged in the Main House as the finale of Takeover Festival on 2 June 2023.

We are keen to hear stories that aren’t usually seen on stage, and are seeking submissions which have young people’s voices at its heart, and a narrative that is firmly rooted in the north east. The final version would run at between 45-60 minutes, with no interval and would be suitable for audiences aged 14+. There would need to be roles for five young actors (17-25 years), these may play single parts or as multi-roles.

Key Dates:

  • 1 April: Deadline for submission of a detailed synopsis, character list & suitable audition sides
  • 10-12 April: Auditions for actors
  • 4 May: Final draft submitted

Because of our funding, the Young Writer in Residence would need to be aged 25 or under and be from/live in the North East of England. The total fee allocated to the writer for the opportunity is £1000.

Eligible writers should submit the following:

Name, date of birth, and a brief biog.

Title of play, a synopsis and up to 15 minutes of your play.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Deadline for submissions is Friday 24 March at 5.00pm.


The Little Panto With The Big Heart 2023 – Auditions

Come with us on a magical Cooksonville Adventure as we tell the tale of Aladdin…

The Award Winning Little Panto with The Big Heart is based at The Customs House South Shields and has been entertaining sold out audiences for 27 years!

Production dates:

REHEARSALS & TECH: Tuesday 7th – Thursday 23rd November

SHOW DATES : Thursday 23rd November – Saturday 6th January

Production location: South Shields, United Kingdom

Director: Ray Spencer

Contract type: Equity – Above minimum

Casting location: South Shields/ Self Tape/ Zoom meeting, United Kingdom

Casting details: Physical auditions will be held on 20th, 21st and 22nd of March in South Shields.

Self Tapes will also be accepted with a closing date of Tuesday 21st March at 5pm.

If the director is interested in any actors from the self tape process we will request to meet them via zoom.

Please send your CV/spotlight to [email protected] outlining which role/s you are interested in. Closing date 5pm 13th March.

Aladdin

Playing age 20-30
Middle East / North African
Male

Like-able leading man/principal boy. Charming, athletic and strong MT singer/dancer.

Princess

Playing age 20-30
Middle East/ North African
Female

Strong willed, independent principal girl. Smart, sassy and strong MT singer/dancer.

Genie

Playing age 20-30
Performer from the Global Majority
Any Gender

Eccentric, unpredictable magical character. Entertaining, charismatic and zany. MT strengths preferred. Interested in extra skills such as circus skills, dancing, gymnastic ability, musicianship, magic, impressions, strong accent skills etc.

Spirit of the Ring

Playing age 20-30
Any Gender

Confident, mystical character. Interested in extra skills such as circus skills, dancing, gymnastic ability, musicianship, magic, impressions, strong accent skills etc.  MT Strengths preferred.

Abanazar’s Guards

Playing Age 20-50
Female

Physical comedy experience preferred. Will be working in a double act.

Desirable: Strong singer and dancer.

Princess/Spirit/Guard Swing

Playing age 20-30
Female
Swing experience is preferred but not essential.

The performer will have dedicated performances in the above roles.

They will also work as on stage ensemble when not in the above roles.

Strong MT singer and dancer.

Contract type: Equity – Above Minimum
Contract info: £550 per week + holiday pay + additional show payment + US/Swing payment.
Relocation/per diems – negotiable.

Aladdin/Emperor/Guard/Genie/Abanazar Swing

Playing age 20-30
Male

Swing experience is preferred but not essential.

The performer will have dedicated performances in the above roles.

They will also work as on stage ensemble when not in the above roles.

Strong MT singer and dancer.

Contract type: Equity – Above Minimum
Contract info: £550 per week + holiday pay + additional show payment + US/Swing payment.
Relocation/per diems – negotiable.

 

Physical auditions will be held on 20th, 21st and 22nd of March in South Shields. Self Tapes will also be accepted with a closing date of Tuesday 21st March at 5pm.

Please send your CV/spotlight to [email protected] outlining which role/s you are interested in.

Closing date 5pm on 13th March.


‘Barney Bear’s Big Adventure with Arbuthnot & Dennis’

The Customs House favourites Arbut and Dennis are back this February half-term with new friends and an even bigger adventure!

‘Barney comes from Bearsvillia which is a planet just near the black eye galaxy. Life has evolved differently there. Animals are in charge. Arbuthnot & Dennis help Barney back home with the help of science geniuses, the Franklin girls. However, Alex wants to trap the bear and make money from his cleverness.’

Barney Bear

  • Any gender
  • Age 17 +
  • Confident movement skills
  • Preferred height – 5ft 5”
  • Movements to be voiced by voice actor

Vera

  • Female identifying
  • Playing age 20-25
  • A science genius
  • Strong singing voice

Gerty

  • Female identifying
  • Playing age 20-25
  • Smart but awkward sister to Vera
  • Strong singing voice

Alex Adrian

  • Any gender
  • Playing age 30-50
  • Earth entrepreneur who sees money to be made from Barney
  • Strong singing voice

We are looking for energetic, family friendly performers with strong singing and good movement skills to bring these bold characters to life and are especially keen on meeting people that we haven’t worked with in the past.

*Actors must reside or have bases in the North East*

*Pantomime experience preferred*

Rehearsal dates: 15th-21st February 2023 (Monday 20th off).

Show dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th February 2023.

Fee – £454.50 per week.

To apply for a role please send your C.V and headshot or Spotlight link to [email protected] by 5pm on 19th January 2023.

Auditions will take place on Thursday 26th January 2023 at The Customs House.


Call Out – Theatre Practitioner

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver Introduction to acting sessions with members of CREST (Compact for Racial Equality South Tyneside), for a new project on wellbeing and engagement through the arts.

The Customs House are working with CREST to engage men who access their services. After consultation with participants of the group, there is a keen interest in developing a project for telling and sharing stories through a variety of mediums.  Some (but not all) of the participants have taken part in previous sessions on photography and storytelling.

We are looking for someone to provide introductory level sessions to drama/theatre. We are open to a variety of approaches and would be keen to work with a practitioner who can deliver activity that is based on devising and movement to ensure that participants having EADL is not a barrier to their engagement.

The sessions should encourage participants to continue their journey to increase their confidence in telling stories  be that verbally, with movement/visually, alone or collaboratively  and increase their confidence.

We are looking for a facilitator to deliver six sessions at The Customs House. Each session will be on a Thursday between 1 to 3pm [there may be room for discussion for strong candidates who can show they cannot do this time]. We will aim to start the sessions at the end of October, and they will run for 6 weeks.

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and have a supportive attitude towards participants skills. There will be an interpreter in the sessions.

The fee is 75£ per session, and this will cover planning and leading of the sessions (25£ per hour). In this, there is also time factored in to support participants to prepare for a final activity, such as sharing of work, which can be decided collectively or proposed by the facilitator.

Interested practitioners should submit the following:

Name, location, a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: [email protected] , by Friday 7th October.

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a meeting with a representative of CREST and of The Customs House.


Auditions – Arbut and Dennis Meet the Monsters

The Customs House favourites Arbut and Dennis are back this October half term with another all signing, all dancing show! Monstrous mayhem is bound to ensue, so join us for some spectacular spooky Halloween fun!

‘While out trick or treating – Dennis and Arbut stumble upon their new neighbours and their costumes are REALLY good… a little too good… They couldn’t be real monsters, could they?

New girl in town, Luna is desperate to make a good impression. She wants nothing more than to blend in and be ‘normal’, but things can be quite complicated when your mum is a vampire, your dad is FrankenSteve and you’re a werewolf!

Things are really about to be put to the test as her family entertains some guests for a Halloween party… What could possibly go wrong? Find out this October half term!’

FrankenDad (FrankenSteve)

  • Male identifying
  • Any age
  • Looming and clumsy, a hapless giant who wants what’s best for his family but struggles with the complexities of life.
  • Often found wandering the hills shouting “Who am I?!” into the void…

Countess Nibbles (Ivana Nibbles)

  • Female Identifying
  • Any age
  • The quintessential eastern European Vampire; charming, alluring and completely deadly. The countess knows her daughter will soon manifest some monstrous abilities and wants to hide her from the world – but is she doing more damage by trying to protect her?

Luna – the Werewolf

  • Female identifying
  • Aged 18-25
  • Luna is pretty ‘normal’ compared to her family, she loves her family even though they are the most embarrassing family anyone could possibly have. Little does she know, she will soon manifest her true monstrous form – but can she come to accept herself for who she really is?

We are looking for energetic, family friendly performers with strong singing and good movement skills to bring bold characters to life in this one-act comedy musical.

Actors must reside or have bases in the North East.

Rehearsals dates will be 19th-25th October (Monday 24th off).

Show Dates: Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th October 2022.

Fee – £454.50

To apply for a role please send your C.V and headshot to [email protected]

The deadline for applications closes at 4pm on 30th September.

Auditions will take place on Thursday 6th October.


Call Out Actors – Play 2

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for four actors to work on the extracts (15 min per play) of five new plays to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Monday 3rd October.

Each piece has been written inspired by the following quote:

“Someone with such a flame in their heart and mouth that at last they could set the Tyne on fire.’
J.B.Priestley, English Journey, 1934

Rehearsals will take place on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October from 10am-4.30pm at The Customs House.

The fee is £450.

This is an opportunity for emerging actors to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing a new piece of work, however no previous professional experience is required.

We are keen to hear from as many young actors as we can, so please don’t feel deterred from getting in touch if you currently don’t have a lot of experience.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We will be holding auditions on Wednesday 14th September at The Customs House between 10am and 5pm. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Casting Breakdown

Male – 20s

Male – 30s/40s

Female – 20s

Female – 30s

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their name, a brief bio and their acting CV/Spotlight to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer at [email protected].


Call Out Writers – Play 2

We are thrilled to be able to be able to bring back PLAY, an opportunity for five writers to have 15 minutes of their play performed as a rehearsed reading by professional actors as part of an evening of new writing on Monday 3rd October at 8pm.

We are seeking submissions to unearth a treasure from the heart of the North East which are inspired or informed by the quote below:

“Someone with such a flame in their heart and mouth that at last they could set the Tyne on fire.’ 
J.B.Priestley, English Journey, 1934

We are particularly keen to hear unheard stories and voices, from anyone who has a story to share, not only those who have previous writing experience.

There will be four actors available for each play, so you may prefer to write for these or for the option of multi-roles. Successful writers will be given a written report on the script following the rehearsed reading, and each will be offered the opportunity to have a meeting with The Customs House to support the work’s development or progression, with the potential to commission the full-length play.

One of the PLAY pieces of writing will also get the Peter Lathan Prize for New Writing with £2000 worth of in-kind support from the venue. This may be, but isn’t exclusive to, rehearsal space, staff time, or use of facilities.

Writers will need to be from or reside in the North East of England.

Interested writers should submit the following:

Name, location, and a brief bio.
Title of play, a brief synopsis, cast break-down and up to 15 minutes of their play.

The deadline for submissions is 5/9/22 and entrants should be sent to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer: [email protected].


Call Out Director – Play 2 

We are thrilled to be able to offer an exciting new opportunity for a director to work on the extracts of five new plays, to be performed as a rehearsed reading at The Customs House on Monday 3rd October at 8pm.

Each extract will be 15 minutes in length and there will be four actors to work on this project and can be used in each of the five plays, if required.

Rehearsals will take place on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October from 10am-4.30pm at The Customs House.

The fee is £875.

The submission window is still open, so the plays have not yet been decided, however we’re seeking submissions to unearth a treasure from the heart of the North East which are inspired or informed by the quote below:

“Someone with such a flame in their heart and mouth that at last they could set the Tyne on fire.” –  J.B Priestly, English Journey, 1934.

Auditions will be held at The Customs House on 14th September and the successful applicant will need to be available for the whole day to attend the auditions alongside a small panel from The Customs House.

Directors will need to be from or reside in the North East of England.

Interested directors should submit the following:

Name, location, a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer: [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a face-to-face/zoom meeting.

The deadline for submissions is 26th August at 5.00pm.


Call Out Assistant Director- The Wasp

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for an Assistant Director to work on The Wasp, by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, working alongside director, Jake Smith.
We are looking for applicants who are committed to working in the future as a director, with a proven interest in regional theatre and new writing.
Interested applicants would need to have experience of one professional production, in any role.
The role will focus on to assisting in rehearsal and to actively take on the role of production support.
Rehearsals will take place on 5-23 September (14 days in total, Days off TBC) from 10.00am-5.00pm at The Customs House, and the total fee is £1255.

Interested applicants should submit the following:
Name, location, and a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining the following:

  • Relevant experience
  • What this role would mean in terms of your career development
  • What excites you about this opportunity
  • Why regional theatre is important to you and your practice
  • Including one reference

Please submit your email/letter to [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a meeting, either in person or on Zoom.

The deadline is Friday 19 August at 12.00pm (midday).


Auditions – Arbuthnot and Dennis in The Big Summer Treasure Hunt

It’s summer in Cooksonville and Arbuthnot and Dennis have taken a job for the holidays…the only problem is, they’re bored already!

They dream of making enough money, so they don’t have to work anymore.

One day an eccentric professor, called Scoots McGinty, comes bundling into the museum shouting about lost treasure and that an essential clue is hidden somewhere right here in the museum…

Arbuthnot and Dennis dream of what they’d do with lost treasure and eventually agree to let the professor in after closing time to search for the clue.

Could this eccentric Indiana Jones wannabe be telling the truth, or is this a wild goose chase?

Just when it looks like their new friend has lost the plot and given up hope, they stumble upon a hidden map to a desert island…It looks like the hunt is on!

Professor Scoots McGinty

Male/non binary
Any age
An eccentric archaeologist whose life’s work is to find the lost treasure of Caer Urfa – and they might’ve finally cracked the first clue! Scoots is intelligent and brilliant but mostly unintelligible – their mind goes at 5000 miles an hour; it can be a little hard to fill in the gaps and keep up!

Captain Karen Karen (AKA Bonny O’Malley)

(Those who identify as female)
Any age
The fearsome pirate queen in disguise! She just loves to sail the seas and surround herself with gold and riches… Truly she’s a softy at heart and just wants to give money to those in need and fight the powers of oppression!

Merina the Mermaid

Female, non binary
18-30
Strong singing skills a must
A magical being that likes to blend in among humans and study their strange ways. Upbeat, fabulous and friendly. Fascinated by seemingly ordinary things. Saves the humans from the briny depths and acts as a guide on treasure island.

Rehearsals: From 17th July, day off TBC

Show Dates: 26th Jul 2022 – Thu 28th Jul 2022

Fee – £454.50 per week

To apply for a role please send your C.V and headshot to [email protected] by 4pm on 5th July.

Auditions will take place on July 9th.


Auditions – The Last Snowflake

Audience favourite Dennis is back with a new adventure this winter. After the success of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in 2021, The Customs House and Tree Stump Theatre are proud to present “The Last Snowflake” – a 50 minute show targeted at under 7’s.

Every snowflake is special and unique and comes with a wish! The only problem is… there’s only one snowflake left! It always snows this time of year in Cooksonville, but this year – all of a sudden the snow stopped falling and Dennis wants to know why! Join Dennis and his friends on a winter adventure to bring snow back to Cooksonville this December!

We are looking for 2 dynamic and versatile actors with a base in the North East (Within 30 miles of The Customs House) to join our cast. Strong character/multi-role skills and excellent singing and movement skills as well as comic timing required. Please also flag up any additional specialist skills such as juggling, acrobatics.

Merry the Elf

(Those who identify as female)
Playing age 18-35
Any height, any appearance

Merry is a smart, energetic, bundle of joy and cheer. She lives in the Far Away Frozen Frontier, but she accidentally smashes the Winter Star! Now she must find Dennis to help bring snow and festive cheer back to Cooksonville. We are looking for a big character with a heart of gold. Merry is the driving force behind the narrative of the show. This track will also multirole as Ensemble/Villager (Joy).

Mr Chilly Frozenpants

(Those who identify as male)
Playing age – Any age
Any height, any appearance

Mr Chilly Frozenpants, AKA Chilly or Chill, is a snowman that comes to life by Dennis’ wish. A cool, charismatic, comedy character with a larger than life personality. He’s always ready to help however he can with his ‘can-do’ attitude and Dennis’ number 1 fan! We are excited to see your interpretations of this but we are looking for bold character choices and playfulness at the core. This track will also multirole as Ensemble/Villager (Steve).

Rehearsals: 22nd Nov – 2nd Dec (including tech/dress – days off tbc)
Shows: 3rd Dec – 31st Dec. (Mondays off as well as Christmas day and Boxing day)
Fee: £500 a week + holiday pay.
To apply for a role please send your C.V and headshot to [email protected] by 5pm on 4th July.
Auditions will take place on July 7th & 8th.


Auditions- Community Production ‘Off The Wall’

The Customs House with Tyne and Wear Museums are working on a vibrant, theatrical community performance to celebrate 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall. Off The Wall is written by Terry Deary (Horrid Histories) and the piece is a comic retelling of what might have happened when the Romans came to South Shields.

Off The Wall will be performed on Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st July and 1st August at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, and will be directed by Jake Smith.

Auditions will be held in a workshop-style, and will be held on Wednesday 15th June at 6:30pm at The Customs House, to register your interest email: [email protected].

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and there will be a waiting list taken if required.

This is an opportunity for people aged 17 and over to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing a new piece of work, however no previous professional experience is required. We are keen to hear from as many interested people as we can, so please don’t feel deterred from getting in touch if you currently don’t have a lot of experience.

Roles are as follows:

Obnocticus Pompous– windbag with small-man syndrome and delusions of grandeur. Guarding the Wall is beneath him but provided for the legionaries in his charge. Short tempered and sensitive to imagined slights. He uses the fact he was born in Rome (with associated privileges) to bully the men in his charge; don’t mess up, he sees a glorious future in Roman society.

Arturo and Walachia: Arturo and Walachia are the principal assistants to Obnoctius. They have been sent to guard the dangerous milecastle (Arbeia) as a punishment for misdemeanours and because they are dispensable! They are on their last warning. If they screw up (by, say, having one of their weapons stolen) the sentence of stoning to death will be carried out.

Queen Virago & Daughter Dandelion: They are the British Tribes under the thumb of the hated Romans. They will welcome the Emperor but without a lot of enthusiasm. They just want to placate their conquerors.

Queen Maggie McKilt & Son Don McKilt: They are Picts to the north of the Wall. They hate the Wall, hate the Brits but most of all hate the Romans. They may even join forces with Virago and the Brits to give the Romans a hard time.

Emperor – The Famous Roman Emperor Hadrian himself. Flamboyant artistic and has travelled a very long way!

Please note: there will also be ensemble roles available for those who may not want a larger speaking role, you may also get in touch about this too.

Rehearsal dates are as follows :

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th June (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Wednesday 22nd – Thursday 23rd June (6.30pm – 9.00pm)

Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th June (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd July (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th July (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th July (6.30pm – 9.00pm)

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Rehearsal in-situ:

Friday 29th July (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Performances:

Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st July and 1st August


Call Out – Videography Facilitator 

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver Introduction to videography sessions, for a new project with adults on wellbeing and engagement through the arts, organised in partnership with CREST. 

We are looking for someone to provide 6 introductory level sessions, exploring areas such as visual story-telling through video, frames, technical aspects and basics into post-production. Each session will be on a Thursday between 1 to 3pm. 

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and have a supportive attitude towards participants skills.

Full details: Videography Facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit the following: Name, location, a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: [email protected] , by Wednesday 15th June. 

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to a meeting with a member of CREST and of The Customs House. 


How Would You Like To Spend This Christmas
Down At Cooksonville Forest?
Join Our Panto 2022 Cast.

Roll

(ONE PART OF KNOCKABOUT PAIR)
(THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS FEMALE or NON-BINARY, 18–40 YEARS)

Roll is one half of our knock about pair, Bog and Roll. Roll needs to have good comedic delivery, a good understanding of slapstick comedy and
the desire to build a comedic duo relationship.

  • Strong singing skills and movement are a bonus.
  • Playing age: 18–40 years
  • Height: Any height
  • Gender: Those who identify as female or non-binary
  • Contract info: £550 a week + holiday pay.

Sheriff Of Nottingham

(THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS MALE, 30-60 YEARS)
A classic villain, deeply dark, strong singing skills a must.

  • Playing age: 30–60 years
  • Height: Any height
  • Gender: Those who identify as male
  • Contract type: Equity – Above Minimum
  • Contract info: £550 a week + holiday pay

Robin Hood

(THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS MALE, 20–35 YEARS)
A jack the lad of the pantomime world. Not a prince, not a pauper but the hero of our story.
Strong movement and singing skills. Desirable: any added skills: acrobats, archery, sword fighting, magic. Any new skills we’d love to see.

  • Playing age: 20–35 years
  • Height: Any height
  • Gender: Those who identify as male
  • Contract info: £550 a week + holiday pay.

Maid Marian

(THOSE WHO IDENTIFY AS FEMALE, 20–35 YEARS)
Maid Marian. Not your typical damsel in distress, finds her place with the Merry Men and can fight her own battles!
Desperately trying to get away from the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, will she find who she really is in Sherwood Forest? Strong singing and movement skills required.

  • Playing age: 20–35 years
  • Gender: Those who identify as female
  • Contract info: £550 a week + holiday pay.

Important: All applicants must have a base within 30 miles of NE33
To register your interest, and request an audition, please email: [email protected]

Closing date: Friday 20th April


Auditions are open for Down the Lines –
The Takeover’s Play for 2022

In 2022 we will build on the success of our previous Takeover Young Writers in Residence by creating an exciting development opportunity for eight young actors aged 17 to 25 years old from the region.

Following on from the successes of Reece Connolly’s WORMTOWN, Elijah Young’s Isolation, and Journal Culture Award Nominated Cherryade Supernova by Andrew Finnigan, comes Down the Lines by Owen Saunders.  This will be directed by Chloe Millar, with Kieron Michael as Assistant Director.

We are delighted to be casting for Down the Lines which will be staged on Friday 3 June at 7.30pm in the Main House, The Customs House as part of Takeover 2022.

About the play

The old railway lines at the edge of town haven’t seen trains for decades, but that doesn’t mean they’re unoccupied. More often than not you’ll find local rough lad, Sean, getting high down there and keeping to himself. But he’s not the only one with something to run away from.

Over the course of a day, Sean meets several other young people who have wandered astray, all struggling with their complicated relationships to home and to each other. Taking on the role of guide for their trip down the lines, Sean helps these fellow lost souls reflect on life in their hometown and, in turn, is forced to confront his own demons.

In a place filled with ghosts and runaways, it only takes one journey down the lines to gain a new perspective on life in the North East.

About the writer

Owen is an aspiring writer and performer from Birtley, Tyne and Wear and currently based in Leeds. He was heavily involved with local amateur theatre in his teens before studying English Literature at the University of Leeds.

He has always loved all kinds of writing, but his experience with theatre at university, particularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, inspired him to focus on writing for the stage. He believes passionately in the importance of local voices, slang and vernacular for capturing an authentic portrayal of North East life.

Down the Lines is Owen’s first writing commission. He hopes it can help to kickstart other serious writing work in the future.

The roles are as follows:

Sean: 19. An unemployed school drop-out who lives half at his Mam’s and half down the lines. A colourful character who rolls with life’s punches but has a dark home life that he disguises with good humour.

Miles: 22. An obsessive jogger with a not-so-great temper. A tense relationship with his girlfriend at home causes him to lash out, so he goes for long runs to cool off. (Multi-roled with Deano)

Ana: 18. Has just completed her A-Levels and is due to study Biochemistry at Newcastle. Known as the ‘quiet one’ opposite her sister Alicia, she is sensible and reserved, academically ambitious but ultimately a home bird.

Alicia: 18. Ana’s twin sister, but she couldn’t be more different. Loud, occasionally callous, and quick with a joke. Alicia is determined to get out of the North East and see the world, starting with moving away to study Philosophy at uni, pitting her against her home-loyal sister.

Faye: Late teens, trans, non-binary.  A troubled teenager and would-be runaway who ends up down the lines on their way from their ever-at-war parents. They are struggling to feel themselves in such a heated and hateful environment and have had enough of life in their hometown.

For the role of Fay we are particularly interested in hearing from trans actors, especially those who are non-binary themselves.

Rob: 24. A deep thinker who struggles to articulate himself. He frets over a lack of community at work, finding solace only in his close friendship with Deano.

Deano. 23. Rob’s best friend. Doesn’t think too much about anything and is content with simple pleasures. The play finds him and Rob in a state of shock after drunkenly wandering astray from their night out and witnessing something unexplainable down the lines. (Multi-roled with Miles)

Emma. 21. A typical Geordie lass who works at the barber’s in town. She feels stuck in a rut in life and struggles to reconcile her love of her home and friends with her burning desire to move on with her life.

Charlie: 21. A happy-go-lucky lad who works at the supermarket in town, but basically lives at the pub. A former class clown who never really gave up the act. An old school friend of Emma’s.

Timeframe and further information

The auditions will be at The Customs House on 18, 19 and 20 April between 10.30am and 4.30pm and each actor will be allocated a 15 minute slot.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and are strictly limited.  There will be a waiting list taken if required.

Interested actors would need to be available for rehearsals, which will be from Sunday 29 May to Friday 3 June (10am-5pm) at The Customs House, as well as for the performance on Friday 3 June at 7.30pm.

This is an opportunity for emerging actors to gain experience of working with The Customs House, and in performing a new piece of work, however no previous professional experience is required. We are keen to hear from as many new or emerging young actors as we can, so please don’t feel deterred from getting in touch if you currently don’t have a lot of experience.

Due to the conditions of our funding, actors will need to be 25 and under (minimum age 17) and be from or living in the North East of England.

The fee is £400 per actor.

To register your interest, and request your audition slot email Fiona Martin, Deputy Director- Learning and Participation: [email protected].

Please remember to include your date of birth, location, and your Acting CV or Spotlight link.

An extract of the script for the audition will be emailed to you a week before the audition, please let us know if you require an alternative format or large print.


Opportunity for choreagrapher / dance teacher

The Customs House is seeking an enthusiastic and committed choreographer/dance teacher to deliver an exciting programme of dance to our newly created Young Performers Company which is launching in January 2022.
Our aim is to give our students the opportunity to gain experience working alongside those in the professional dance industry by commissioning professional choreographers/teachers to create dance works for our young members. These works are then performed by the young people to audiences within our theatre at our mini-pantomime, summer musical production and winter gala show.
Our selected choreographer/teacher would join us from 16th January 2022 until 23rd April 2022. You will join our students each Sunday afternoon during term time from 1pm-4pm at our venue in South Shields. You will be teaching students who range in age from age 8 to 18 years of age and must be able to teach a range of different dance styles.
It is essential that you have a passion for sharing the joy of dance and movement. You should also be an inspiring teacher with the ability to encourage ambition and self-belief and be an engaging communicator with the ability to create relevant experiences for our students.
You should be able to work collaboratively with the rest of our team, have excellent planning and organisational skills and be self-reflective and committed to continuous development to improve the experience for our young performers.
We are looking for prospective applicants to apply with a C.V. and covering letter detailing creative ideas and concept for our first term of dance workshops.
Please send your CV to [email protected]
Artist fee, inclusive of planning & delivery £25 per hour.

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In addition to our main choreographers, we are also looking for guest teachers to support our programme of activity so if you are a specialist in a particular area of dance, please also get in touch and send us your CV with details of your availability.


Call Out – Photography Facilitator

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver Introduction to photography sessions with members of CREST (Compact for Racial Equality South Tyneside), for a new project on wellbeing and engagement through the arts.

We are looking for someone to provide introductory level sessions, exploring areas such as composition, visual story-telling and  technical aspects and terminology of photography.

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. A knowledge of Arabic language would be helpful, but it is not a requirement.

Full details: Photography facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: [email protected] , by Monday 22nd  November.


Call Out – Creative Writing Facilitator

The Customs House is looking for a practitioner to deliver creative storytelling and writing sessions with members of CREST (Compact for Racial Equality South Tyneside), for a new project on wellbeing and engagement through the arts.

There is a keen interest in developing a project for telling and sharing stories, and learning about script writing and some elements of creative writing. There would also be potential for participants to learn devises and practice around storytelling and autobiographical capturing of stories, including oral storytelling and use of verbatim or recorded delivery.

The practitioner should be able to work with people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. A knowledge of the Arabic language would be helpful, but it is not a requirement.

Full details: Creative writing facilitator call out

Interested practitioners should submit a brief bio and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Margarita Rebolledo, Community Engagement Officer: [email protected] , by Monday 29th November.


Exciting Opportunity to Join The Customs House for Christmas

Cousin Dennis in Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Written & Directed by Dale Jewitt

We have a fantastic role in a new Christmas show for under 7s.

Auditions: Date TBC
To apply for a role please send you C.V and headshot to [email protected]
Deadline For Applications: 10am / Friday 22nd October

Fairy Flick, the fastest fairy in the land is zooming across the world on a very special mission when all of a sudden CRASH! She lands right in the middle of Cooksonville’s gadget shop where she meets our hero Dennis (Glen Richard Townsend) and his girlfriend Achoo (Abigail Lawson). Now they all need your help. That’s right! You! You need to help Dennis and the gang create fairy dust and get it to the reindeers on time to make sure that this year Santa is coming to town!

Fairy Flick (Those who identify as female – any age) – The fastest fairy in the land! She has so much to do and such little time to do it! She talks fast, thinks fast and flies fast! Must be a strong singer, great physicality/movement skills and good sense of comedic timing.

Fee – £454.50 per week
Rehearsals: November 24th – December 1st
Days Off: November 29th / December 6th / December 13th / December 20th
Tech: December 2nd & 3rd
Shows:  Saturday 4th December – Friday 24th December

North East based required, preference within a 30 mile radius.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.


Opportunity for Young Female Writers

The Customs House are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for 10 young women to develop their writing with industry professionals.

We are looking for aspiring writers, who are aged between 16-25 years old who have an idea for a play/piece of theatre, and have a willingness to work with others to develop their concept.

All that is required, is their initial idea that they will be supported to workshop, develop, interrogate before they reach the process of writing it fully, and potentially to apply for next Takeover Young Writer in Residence, in 2022.

There will be a three day intensive on 25, 26, 27 October from 11.00am-3.00pm at The Customs House. These will be facilitated by writer Danielle Slade, director/dramaturg Natasha Haws, and supported by Fiona Martin, Deputy Director; Learning and Participation, The Customs House.

Sessions will explore their concept, and there will also be time/support for them to write or develop scenes, but we aren’t asking that interested applicants have to have anything written or fully formed before the sessions start.

There is no cost to attend, but writers would need to be available to attend all three days.

Interested writers/aspiring writers can apply by: https://forms.gle/uMXGHgWbJrDqxpnS8 no later than 12.00pm on 20 October, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


OPEN AUDITIONS:
Two Exciting New Opportunities For Actors

Dennis and Achoo in The Spoopy Doopy Mansion
Directed by Abigail Lawson

We have two fantastic roles in a fantastic new
Customs House children’s stage show in the main auditorium.
Open Auditions: 4th October at The Customs House
To apply for a role please send you C.V and headshot to [email protected]

Deadline For Applications: 5pm / Wednesday 29th September

Dennis and Achoo are back in this brand new comedy pantomime adventure! Our heroes are minding their own business, tinkering away in Achoo’s gadget shop, happy as Larry. Whoever Larry is…… When all of a sudden they get a mysterious call asking for help. The Cooksonville Mansion is haunted! Our mighty pair jump onto this paranormal quest but can they solve the case and get rid of this grumpy ghoulie? Filled with dancing and feel-good music, this will have children of all ages get into the Halloween spirit! Get it? SPIRIT….. Never mind.

Fee – £454.50 per week
Rehearsals: Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd October
Day Off: Sunday 24th October
Tech: Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th October
Shows: Wednesday 27th October – 2pm /
Thursday 28th October – 11am, 2pm, 6pm / Friday 29th October – 11am, 2pm

Mrs.Butterworth (Those who identify as female) – The butler/caretaker of the Spoopy Doopy mansion. Butterworth is the one who calls Dennis and Achoo to help get rid of the ghost in the mansion but is she keeping some secrets to herself? Caring and kind. Motherly. Must have a strong singing voice, pantomime experience and some dance ability.

Pete the Poltergeist (Those who identify as male) – The nasty ghost who is haunting the mansion. He is mischievous and quirky but his motive is unknown. Must be able to do multiple accents, be able to sing and interact with the audience well.


OPEN AUDITIONS – Arbuthnot and Pals Mission Might Be Possible – Super Secret Spies!

Four exciting new opportunities for actors.

Open Auditions: 6th & 7th July
We have four fantastic opportunities for people to join our popular Arbuthnot and Pals team in their new show. Directed by Davey Hopper.
To apply for a role please send you C.V and headshot to [email protected] by 5pm 30th June.
Fee – £454.50 per week x 2 week
Rehearsals 18th-23rd July
Day off – 24th July
Tech – 25th & 26th July
Shows – 27th – 11am and 2pm
28th – 11am and 2pm
29th – 11am, 2pm, 6pm
30th – 11am and 2pm

Villain (Shhh, it’s a secret) – (Those who identify as male) Looking for a strong comedic actor with pantomime experience. The villain is an absolute master of disguise, throughout the show this actor will have to display many different accents and characteristics. Before the big reveal that they were the mastermind all along!

Smoochy Delicious – (Those who identify as female) Not your typical ‘Bond girl’. Looking for a strong comedic actor. Smoochy betrays the villain and helps our bumbling idiotic heroes. Appears to be a ‘bond girl’ but is super clumsy and has the world’s most annoying and unattractive laugh. Must be a strong singer and have good dance ability.

Achoo – (Those who identify as female)  Achoo is our gadget expert! She has all the tech for our heroes and is the intelligence of the group. But she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and take out a bad guy herself too! Must be a strong singer and have some dance ability.

Ears – (Any Gender) Ears is our Villains henchmen. In typical Fleming fashion, they are named after the thing that makes them stand out. Their ears! You could never sneak up on them and they can hear everything. They put up a good front but really, they just want to be accepted and loved even though they have huge ears. Strong mover and ideally some gymnastic experience.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.

The Deadline is Wednesday 30th June at 5pm


The Customs House are casting for their September production of “Our Laygate” by Ann Ahmed. Directed by Mina Anwar. 

We are looking for actors who have a connection to or are resident in the North-East. 

We are looking to bring together a company of actors from a range of cultural backgrounds and lived experiences. We are actively committed to inclusive casting and production processes. 

Auditions will take place at The Customs House, South Shields on the 12th and 13th of July. 

Rehearsals begin 16th August 

Performances 8th – 11th September 

All inclusive fee of £500 a week. 

Note: Our Laygate is an exploration into racism, poverty and class in the 1960’s so includes some upsetting content and language. The word Arab is being used in the context of the 1960’s use. 

Cathy was only twenty when she married her husband of Yemeni/Arab Heritage. Two children later, they moved into Laygate, a thriving multicultural community in the 1960’s. Later, when her husband is lost at sea, life becomes a desperate struggle against hunger, poverty and fear. Not only having to deal with the discrimination aimed against her for marrying outside of her culture, Cathy has to bring up her four children single handedly. But love and friendship can move people to act in the most generous ways.

Our Laygate, a gritty drama in which the attention is deliberately focused on women and children; a powerful portrait of female suffering and endurance in the 1960s.

CHARACTERS

CATHY: Cathy is a 34 year old white woman, who has a South Shields accent.  She has had a very traumatic childhood, and came to live with her Aunt when her mother died.  She suffers abuse and prejudice for marrying an Arab man.  Cathy is always living off her nerves and trying to make ends meet as she has 4 children to look after.  Cathy adores her husband.

Note: The Children will be played by adult actors.

JANICE: CATHY’s oldest child, a 12 year old mixed heritage girl (White/Yemeni) born in South Shields and speaks with a South Shields accent. While Janice is bossy and sensible, she has lots of friends, and is academic at school.  She is obedient to her mam and tries to help her when asked.

ANN: CATHY’s second child, a 10 year old mixed heritage girl (White/Yemeni) Ann was born is Laygate, and has a South Shields accent.  Ann is very slight.  Ann is a “tomboy” who is mouthy and always getting into trouble. Her best friend is Marina.

BARRY: CATHY’s third child, a 8 year old mixed heritage boy (White/Yemeni) He has a South Shields accent. He hates his Arab/Yemeni heritage as he gets racist abuse and prejudice from those outside Laygate. Barry hates being poor and dirty all the time, and tries to do the right thing and is adventurous.  He is  very intelligent and always in Ashou’s café.

Ashou’s family

ASHOU: Ashou is a 45 year old Somali seaman who came to settle in Laygate after the war ended.  He is Marina’s dad. He has a café where the sailors congregate.  He is very strict with his children. He is a good friend to everyone in the lane. Ashou finds out a secret about Cathy’s husband, and feels awful knowing that she is struggling, waiting for the man she loves.

Note: The Children will be played by adult actors.

MARINA: Ashou’s Daughter. A 10 old Somali girl, born in South Shields and speaks with a South Shields accent. Marina’s parents are too busy running their café at the bottom of the lane to take much notice of her, so she loves being invited into CATHY’s home, and is ANN’s best friend.  Marina is known to pilfer and steals sweets from the corner shop.

Laygate Neighbours 

MAUREEN: Maureen is a 34 year old white English resident of Laygate, who speaks with a South shields accent.  Maureen has lived opposite Cathy with her husband and three children for 9 years.  She is a great neighbour to everyone and she feels sorry for Cathy, as she witnesses the abuse Cathy endures and so helps her out whenever she can.  Maureen is maternal and very understanding. She gives Cathy any cast offs she has, and is a friend and shoulder for Cathy to lean on.  She feels guilty that she has learned a secret about Cathy’s husband and so tries to distance herself away from Cathy as she can’t live with the guilt.

MOIRA: Moira is a 38 year old white English woman who speaks with a South Shields accent.  She takes care of her appearance, she is slim and wears makeup, even if she’s cleaning her back door.  She is married, her husband is a ‘respectable’ bus driver and has 2 young boys. Her own family broke up because her mother cheated on her father with an Arab man, and she can’t find it in herself to forgive her.  She is still very hurt by this and has a lot of prejudice towards the Arabic community and specifically towards Cathy’s mixed marriage and mixed heritage children. She lives at the top of the lane, the posher area of Laygate and has only lived there a few years.

Please send cv/spotlight link and headshot to [email protected]

We encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.


Actor Call out – Peggy Pearpot

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for four actors to work on a new children’s play called Peggy Pearpot by Danielle Burn.

It is due to tour outdoor community venues from 16-20 / 23-24 August and performed at The Customs House on 21/22 August with two weeks rehearsal beforehand.

This will be an ensemble piece, where all performers will be doing some basic puppetry, movement and singing. Please highlight on your application if you have experience in these areas.

The fee is £454.50 per week plus holiday pay. Rehearsals start WC August 2.

PEGGY PEARPOT

By Danielle Burn. For ages 4-7 years

Peggy Pearpot explores the world inside a tear drop, or two, or maybe three. All tear drops belong to Peggy Pearpot. Peggy just can’t stop crying! She cries when she is sad, frustrated, worried, angry, annoyed, and happy. Peggy is confused and frustrated that she can’t communicate her feelings clearly to her parents, teachers or even her friends; she is beginning to get fed up. One night, whilst examining one of her tear drops and wondering what these blobs of water really are, she is transported inside one of her very own tears by Sniffle, the keeper of all the tears on earth. What sort of world is hidden inside a tear drop? Are all tears the same? Who lives inside a tear drop? Can the characters she meets help Peggy understand how to communicate her feelings and help her?

We are looking to cast 4 roles:

Peggy: Peggy is 6 years old, often covered in mud and bruises and always hungry. Although she smiles for a lot of the day, Peggy spends most of her hours scared and worried (when she’s not inventing or playing make believe of course)

Dad: He is a mumbly, clumsy and sorrowful man. His circular glasses are a bit too small for his rather large nose, and his hair always has mud and bits wool and fluff stuck in his hair.

Sniffle: They are the keeper of tears and wears a wonky train drivers hat, raggy pants, tap shoes and a tartan bow tie. They carry a small briefcase with them at all times. They look bewildered, nervous and confuzzled.

Mayor Sniggertop: loud and snooty and unaware of what’s going on around them.

The audition will be on June 30th and will be a 2-hour group workshop. You do not need to prepare anything.

Please send cv/spotlight link and headshot to [email protected]

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.

The deadline is Friday 24 June at 5.00pm.


Call Out – Director – Peggy Pearpot

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for a director to work on a new children’s play called Peggy Pearpot by Danielle Burn.

It is due to tour community venues from 16 – 20 August and performed at The Customs House on 21/22 August with two weeks rehearsal beforehand.

There will be four actors working on this project with some of the cast working as puppeteers.

The fee is £3500 including 3 weeks of rehearsals/performances + I day of auditions and production meeting.

Experience of children’s plays or puppetry is essential.

Interested directors should submit the following:

Name, location, and a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Leah Strug, Programming and Audience Development Manager: [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a telephone/Zoom meeting.

The deadline is Friday 4 June at 5.00pm.


Auditions to be held on Friday 28th May
at The Customs House South Shields.

Music and script info to be sent with confirmed audition slot.

Rapunzel

Having been locked away as a child with only her pet pig for company, yes really a pig, Rapunzel longs to be free and face the world. She remains blissfully unaware of her royal background and fearful of the “post-apocalyptic world” which lies outside the tower. A story told to her by Gothel, who is not her saviour but rather her jailer. Rapunzel is feisty, funny and intelligent. She doesn’t need a partner to make her complete.

Essential

Actor playing age 25-30, strong singing voice, natural mover.

Desirable

Ability to play an instrument
Ability to play percussive instrument
Puppetry experience

Please prepare an upbeat pop number and a big ballad for audition
If you have instrument please bring it along to auditions ready to accompany yourself or just demonstrate the level of your ability
Pay £550 per week 8.5weeks contract plus holiday pay

Rehearsals Begin: Wednesday 10th November
The Show Runs: Wednesday 24th November – Saturday 8th January

Please send cv/spotlight link and headshot to [email protected]
We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.
We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.

Gothel

Strong character who doesn’t like the idea of growing older. She is a little concerned that the Kings attention is too focused on his daughter, So to ensure the Kings undivided attention she removes her rival, Rapunzel. She discovers the magic in Rapunzel’s hair, so to retain her youth she locks her in a tower.

Essential 

Strong singing voice
Playing Age 30+

Desirable 

Previous lead role experience
Please prepare an upbeat pop number and a “Villain song” for audition
Pay £550 per week / 8.5 weeks contract plus holiday pay.

Rehearsals Begin: Wednesday 10th November
The Show Runs: Wednesday 24th November – Saturday 8th January

Please send cv/spotlight link and headshot to [email protected]
We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.
We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of TCH before, we’d love to meet you.


Call Out – Writers

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for five writers to have 15 minutes of their play performed as a rehearsed reading by professional actors as part of an evening of new writing on Friday 11 June at 7.30pm. We are seeking submissions which fit the brief, ‘a sense of place’, and are particularly keen to hear unheard stories and voices.

We would love to hear from anyone who has a story to share, not only those who have previous writing experience. There will be four actors available for each play, so you may prefer to write for these or for the option of multi-roles. Successful writers will be given a report on the script following the rehearsed reading, and each will be offered the opportunity to have a meeting with The Customs House to support the work’s development or progression, with the potential to commission the full-length play. Entries are restricted to writers based in the UK.

Interested writers should submit the following:

Name, location, and a brief bio.
Title of play, a brief synopsis and up to 15 minutes of their play.

The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm, Tuesday 25th May and entrants should be sent to Leah Strug, Programming and Audience Development Manager : [email protected].


Call Out Director- PLAY

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for a director to work on the extracts (15 min per play) of five new plays and to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Friday 11 June at 7.30pm.
There will be four actors to work on this project, and they will be in each of the five plays, if required.
Rehearsals will take place on 9, 10 and 11 June from 10am-4.30pm at The Customs House.
The fee is £875.
The submission window is still open so the plays are not yet decided, however the brief is, ‘a sense of place’, and we are particularly keen to hear unheard stories and voices.
We will be holding auditions in a workshop style on 18 May at The Customs House in two slots from 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If successful, you would need to be available to lead these auditions, and the selection panel.

Interested directors should submit the following:
Name, location, and a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Leah Strug, Programming and Audience Development Manager: [email protected]
We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a telephone/Zoom meeting.
The deadline is 11 May at 5.00pm.

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