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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 leah@customshouse.co.uk
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 leah@customshouse.co.uk

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 pantomime@customshouse.co.uk 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 pantomime@customshouse.co.uk

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 leah@customshouse.co.uk

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: leah@customshouse.co.uk

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 pantomime@customshouse.co.uk
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 pantomime@customshouse.co.uk
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 : Leah@customshouse.co.uk.


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: leah@customshouse.co.uk
We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a telephone/Zoom meeting.
The deadline is 11 May at 5.00pm.