Illyria is now accepting casting applications for 2016.
Illyria celebrates its 25th season in 2016. Would you like to work for one of the longest established, most widely respected and highly acclaimed of the open-air theatre companies? If so we'd like to hear from you.
Illyria is proud to have adopted Equity’s Outdoor Touring Theatre Guidelines. This means we offer terms, conditions and pay approved by Equity – in fact we exceed the terms of the Guidelines. Please bear this in mind when choosing between Illyria and non-compliant companies who offer remunerations well below National Minimum Wage (which is illegal), no holiday pay (which is illegal), and up to a third or even less than the minimum set out in the Guidelines (eg £2200 for an entire 17-week season).
Illyria’s shows are very physical and demand very strong vocal skills. The productions are ensemble - no individual is the star. Actors need to be fearless in giving HUGE performances and, within parameters, interacting freely with the audience.
There is at least one day off per week (generally Monday). Vans return to base/London on average once a fortnight, but sometimes less frequently. Travel on tour is provided. Hotel accommodation (sometimes self-catering) is provided and paid for by Illyria. Please note: single rooms are not normally provided, but there are never more than 2 people sharing a room.
Each tour has a company of actors (5-7, depending on the show) WHO WORK AS A TEAM. Everyone mucks in with EVERYTHING, including stage-management, driving, costume/prop-maintenance, radio/TV interviews, and most importantly get-ins & get-outs which involve lugging heavy steeldeck staging. No-one gets off lightly. All jobs are everyone’s jobs.
Performances continue REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER. Depending on your point of view, acting in the pouring rain is either horrendous or pant-wettingly funny. What is your point of view? HONESTLY?
Please think long and hard about this kind of work before applying. Touring with Illyria is not like indoor touring at all because open-air shows demand greater physical and vocal energy, and because the elements can all be against you. But for the right people it is enormous fun: during the last 24 years 75% of Illyria’s actors have returned for more! (Over 50% return for 3 seasons, 20% for 5 seasons or more!)
We would like to hear from versatile actors (m/f) who are up for the challenge of outdoor touring. A DEMONSTRABLE love for small-scale touring and the company’s ensemble style is crucial. As it's so important that every applicant has genuinely understood what he/she is letting him/herself in for, submissions will ONLY be considered if accompanied by a detailed covering letter (250 words +) from the performer him/herself. Submissions without a detailed covering letter, or mass submissions of only photos and CVs, will not be considered.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email your CV, headshot (or Spotlight etc link) and covering letter to Oliver Gray, Artistic Director of Illyria, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "CASTING" and "Dream" in the title bar. Please limit your attachment size to a maximum of 1Mb. Thank you.