WE ARE LOOKING FOR A DEAF BSL USING PERFORMER OF ANY GENDER, TO PLAY A QUEER CHARACTER WHO IS IN THEIR 30S - OPEN TO SUBMISSION UNTIL FRI 17 JUL, 5PM

We are delighted to be able to begin receiving submissions from professional performers over 18 years of age, with at least one year’s acting experience, who are Scottish or based in Scotland, to perform extracts and monologues which will be filmed in isolation, with support from a director.

We are casting for;

A NEW SHORT WORK BY BEA WEBSTER

Alexis has never had an easy time opening up about mental health. How could you, when every conversation needs an interpreter and nobody seems to take your problems seriously? Luckily, they might have found the perfect person to talk to. Now if they can only stop Zoom from playing up…


Selected performers will receive a fee for the work to be presented across free online platforms hosted by National Theatre of Scotland, BBC and Scottish theatre partners. This short film will be part of our Scenes for Survival project. We will post additional call outs as scenes are written and the project continues.

To apply, please send a Spotlight link OR headshot together with a CV and a self-tape. Please clearly mark which NEW WORK you are applying for in the title of your email.

To submit a self tape:

- You must tape in BSL.

- This should take the form of a video recording of you performing this extract, uploaded to an online platform such as Vimeo / YouTube (Please provide a link and password).

- The footage doesn’t have to be of a very high quality (please don’t worry, using your phone is absolutely fine).

If you require any help with the above, you can find helpful tips here.

Applications should be submitted to: SFSperformers@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Please clearly mark which NEW WORK you are applying for in the title of your email.


Closing date and time: Fri 17 Jul, 5pm


All submissions will be considered by the National Theatre of Scotland’s artistic/casting team, who will make a final selection with the director of each scene.

GENERAL CASTING INFORMATION

The National Theatre of Scotland believes in including artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures (on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, class and whether they are drama school trained or not) in all its work and all are welcome to apply for any roles advertised.

Where we are casting for a role that is culturally specific, we are committed to first casting a performer from that culture. However we consider artists from diverse backgrounds for every role, not just those written with specific personal characteristics in mind

If a specific skill, language or accent (spoken/ BSL) is required for the specific role, we will indicate this in the breakdown.

Our full casting policy can be read here

Scenes for Survival is a National Theatre of Scotland project in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and with support from Hopscotch Films.

In association with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Birds of Paradise, Beacon Arts Centre, the Byre Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, Eden Court Highlands, Imaginate, Macrobert Arts Centre, Perth Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Stellar Quines, Tron Theatre and The Traverse Theatre

An extract from “Love and Information” by Caryl Churchill.

One person tells a story to another.

Once upon a time there was a child who didn’t know what fear was and he wanted to find out. So his friends said, Cold shiver down your back, legs go funny, sometimes your hands no not your hands yes your hands tingle, it’s more in your head, it’s in your stomach, your belly you shit yourself, you can’t breathe, your skin your skin creeps, it’s a shiver a shudder do you really not know what it is? And the child said, I don’t know what you mean. So they took him to a big dark empty house everyone said was haunted. They said, No one’s ever been able to stay here till morning, you won’t stay till midnight, you won’t last a hour, and the child said, Why, what’s going to happen? And they said, You’ll know what we mean about being frightened. And the child said, Good, that’s what I want to know.