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We would be delighted to hear from versatile actors (m/f) who are up for the challenge of a summer on the road with Illyria. A demonstrable love for small-scale touring and the company’s ensemble style is crucial. It's not enough for your covering letter to say "I love small-scale touring and Illyria's ensemble style" - your CV needs to prove it and your covering letter needs to support it.
Illyria has adopted Equity's Outdoor Touring Theatre 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 and leaves you uninsured), no Holiday Pay (which is illegal and leaves you out of pocket), and up to a third or even less (eg £2200 for an entire 15-week season) than the minimum set out in the Guidelines.
Even if you have applied unsuccessfully in the past please do apply again: Illyria does not keep actors' details on file because your availability will differ from year to year, your skills will have developed and your experience likely to have grown. We're interested in you as you are now, not as you were last year.
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.
Each tour has a company of actors (5-8, 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? Either way you're going to explore greater depths of wetness than you ever thought possible, so what is going to determine whether you have a summer of heaven or hell is YOUR point of view. 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.
Please check casting requirements on the right of this page and send submissions by email ONLY to Oliver Gray, Illyria's Artistic Director, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word "Casting" in the title bar followed by the show title you are applying for. Applications should include an up-to-date CV, photo(s) and/or link to Spotlight (or other) profile. Because of the large number of applications we receive please do not send any emails larger than 1Mb.
Submissions without a detailed covering letter (250 words +) from the performer himself/herself will not be considered.
AGENTS PLEASE NOTE: In the last two rounds of casting more than 95% of submissions from agents did not include a detailed covering letter from the performer. These were deleted unread. We are delighted to receive all submissions, but can only consider those with a covering letter from the performer.
Please do not telephone with casting enquiries at any time as unfettered rage sometimes offends. Thank you.
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