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York Shakespeare Project seek a community cast and production team for their production
of The Two Noble Kinsmen, a rarely performed work by William Shakespeare and John
Fletcher. Tom Straszewski (Bronzehead Theatre and the York Mystery Plays) will direct.
This isn’t a play about love. It’s about obsession, possession, toxic masculinity, unrequited
desire, and how this heady, noxious brew ruins lives.
Our setting is the early 19th century in the immediate aftermath of the Napoleonic wars.
Think Jane Austen, William Blake, and savage Gillray cartoons. Think the revolutionary
fervour and excess of Lord Byron, and the proto-feminism of Wollstonecraft and Mary
Shelley. Think clashes between lusty, brutal rustics and an inhuman industrial revolution.
Think prison-hulks, chamber music, maypoles and morris dancing.
We are looking for a cast of 15-20 actors of all ages, races and genders, playing everything
from shining knights and stubborn queens to ignoble baboons and rustic Morris dancers.
We seek actors of all levels of experience for all roles. We embrace cross-gender casting.
* PALAMON and ARCITE, two noble cousins who, imprisoned, fight over the same loveinterest;
* The GAOLER’S CHILD, who falls madly love with Palamon;
* THESEUS, a mighty warrior and a stubborn ruler;
* EMILIA and HIPPOLITA, two Amazons, torn from their homes and seeking shelter.
We would welcome interest from BAME actors in these two roles.
MID-SIZED ROLES (c.50-100 lines) INCLUDE:
* A devoted WOOER, a comical GAOLER, a sleazy DOCTOR, and a priggish SCHOOLTEACHER.
* Six morris-dancing RUSTICS, three bereaved QUEENS, and a DANCING BABOON.
Rehearsals will commence in early February and will take place in York, no more than two
evenings a week as well as Sunday afternoons.
Performances will be in late April or the first week of May, depending on the venue. A
matinee performance at the Dell in Stratford-Upon-Avon is planned for the early summer.
If you want to be a part of this, we invite you to audition in the week commencing 29th
January (details to be confirmed). You will be asked to perform a short (10-20 line)
Shakespeare monologue of your choice, prepared in advance, and then to work with Tom
and another actor on a short section of dialogue from the play.
To arrange an audition, please e-mail with a brief outline of
your experience or a theatre resume, no later than Thursday 25th January.
We are also currently recruiting for an assistant director, stage management, a costume
designer, and a music director with experience in chamber music. If you are interested in
any of these then please e-mail Tom to arrange a meeting.

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