What – no wigs?

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Sorry, you are too late to take advantage of this incredible and unique opportunity…

The Rose Theatre, Kingston is offering six budding actors an incredible and unique opportunity to perform in the Rose’s first in-house production, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost directed by Sir Peter Hall. You will appear alongside a truly talented cast which includes Peter Bowles and be directly involved in a hugely significant production in the history of the Rose Theatre.

We are looking for two women with long hair and four men, all around the age of 20-30 to appear in non-speaking roles. Whether you have performed on stage before or not, adults keen to apply are welcome to do so, regardless of previous acting experience.

If you are interested in applying for one of the unpaid roles available, you must be physically fit and available for all of the performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost staged at the Rose Theatre, Kingston from Tuesday 21 October to Saturday 15 November including matinee and evening performances. There will also be a rehearsal on Monday 20 October.

To be considered for this fantastic opportunity, please send your acting/performance CV, a clear, full length photograph and your basic measurements to the following address: auditions@rosetheatrekingston.org

So many questions…

  • Can’t the production budget run to wigs?
  • If you are a woman but have short hair would you still be eligible if you had your own wig?
  • If not, but you turned up in a wig anyway how would they tell?
  • How much is Peter Bowles getting paid?
  • What does Equity think about all this?
  • If you only get one day of rehearsal…
  • Where is Kingston?
  • Who is Peter Hall?

Anyway, Phil popped his CV in the post along with his latest publicity photo but ha sadly received no response as yet so we fear the worst.

11 Responses to “What – no wigs?”

  1. Mark I Says:

    Which came first – the story or the publicity shot?

  2. Beverley Klein Says:

    Unfortunately Whingers, since Mrs Thatcher smashed the Trade Unions back in the 80’s the closed shop no longer applies, and theatre managements can employ whatever untrained inexperienced whippersnappers they like. As long as they come cheap…they’re in, and Equity can do nothing about it.

  3. Sir Andrew Lloyds Credit Crunch Says:

    I sniff a peak-time Saturday night show in this…

  4. Hedgie Says:

    I love the publicity shot! I’d hire you!

    I’ve actually been to The Rose in Kingston. It doesn’t have a proscenium arch (or a backstage), and has bench-type seating (each bench seating 2), so I don’t think it would be very appealing for you.

  5. Simone Says:

    This is top notch Whingers!

  6. Lavretsky Says:

    Regarding Beverley Klein’s apposite comment,”theatre managements can employ whatever untrained inexperienced whippersnappers they like. As long as they come cheap…they’re in, and Equity can do nothing about it.”

    Things have apparently become so serious that LAMDA are using a theatre critic to direct their student production of Pinter.

    Wouldn’t it be preferable that students are directed by qualified theatre directors?

  7. she with he of Xanadu on stage seating Says:

    “Lavtretsky: Wouldn’t it be preferable that students are directed by qualified theatre directors?”

    What qualifications are you suggesting?

  8. Lavretsky Says:

    The qualifications would obviously be evidence of consistent work directing actors,designers,technicians in professional productions.

    There is no point in students being instructed by people who have negligible experience of developing theatrical productions in a collaborative way through the rehearsal procedure.

    There is no point in amateurs going along to the Rose to be added in as walk-ons on the afternoon before the first night.


  9. By those standards, there is no point in pontificating about what there’s no point in without being a qualified pontiff. I, as it happens, am a fully certified Pope in the Discordian movement.

  10. J.A. Says:

    Surely they should be more annoyed at having to do Pinter in the first place.


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