• Eve Watson

Nottingham Playhouse On Search For Cast Members

AWARD-WINNING theatre Nottingham Playhouse is searching for a cast of up to 100 amateur performers to help bring to life its most ambitious community project yet, Coram Boy.

The theatre is now recruiting for anyone with a passion for theatre – aged 12 years old and over with no upper age limit – to form the production’s acting ensemble, choir or both. Participants will get the chance to work with one of the UK’s leading producing theatres alongside a cast of professional actors.

The epic adventure play, based on the award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, will be produced by Nottingham Playhouse and staged at the iconic Albert Hall in Nottingham in August 2019.

Coram Boy will be led by artistic director Adam Penford, fresh from his acclaimed production of The Madness of George III at the Playhouse in November last year.

Adam said: “The project was inspired by talking to someone who had performed as part of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. It was clear they had found the project a once in a lifetime experience - fun, challenging and life affirming. They described a profound sense of achievement and having made friends for life.

“Coram Boy is an epic project that brings the same level of ambition and creativity to Nottingham. We want to bring together an ensemble that reflects the diversity of Nottingham in the broadest sense of the word. Absolutely no experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm and willingness to commit. It’s a unique chance to be a part of what should be a highlight of the cultural calendar this summer in Nottingham.”

Nottingham Playhouse officially launched the new community project last week (30 January) with a special event in the theatre’s Neville Studio.

Nottingham leaders and Playhouse supporters, who are as committed to community involvement, gathered for the launch event to reveal the theatre’s plans for its biggest ever community production and how people can get involved in the play, taking place from 7-10 August 2019.

The gripping family saga – set in 1739 when Thomas Coram established his Foundling Hospital, a home for unwanted children – tells the story of two Coram boys; Aaron the illegitimate child of a wealthy heir and Toby who escaped an African slave ship.

The epic tale features twists and danger and is about the strength of love between a parent and child. The power of music plays a big part in the story and voices of the choir will fill the Albert Hall accompanied by the iconic Binns Organ. The story of heartbreak and redemption exposes an era blighted by slavery and the ill-treatment of children.

To apply to take part in Coram Boy and to book into an audition workshop complete the online application form by Sunday 10 March at www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/participation/community/coram-boy-community-company/

Participants will need to commit to weekly evening rehearsals from week commencing 6 May – 20 July, as well as evening technical and dress rehearsals running from 22 July – 6 August and the performances from 7 – 10 August.

Application forms can also be downloaded from the website and are available in Easy Read and large print formats. Once completed, applicants can either email it as an attachment to community@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk or post it to Elaine Williamson, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, NG1 5AF by Sunday 10 March.

If you have any questions about getting involved with Coram Boycontact community@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

For more information about Nottingham Playhouse visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk