THE HERMES EXPERIMENT: AUDITION NOTICE FOR “A WINTER’S TALE”
Contemporary ensemble The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists and Winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands) are seeking 5 actors (3 men & 2 women) to take part in their upcoming project “A Winter’s Tale”.
In light of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, The Hermes Experiment (harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass) will develop their new interpretation of Shakepeare’s The Winter’s Tale during their residency at Aldeburgh Music in September 2016, to be premiered at the Cockpit Theatre in December 2016.
They will work in close collaboration with director Nina Brazier and composer Kim Ashton, with the aim of highlighting key themes of the play through a condensed version of Shakespeare’s work. Each of the themes will become a ‘movement’ and will involve a different approach to the relationship between text and music.
They will be exploring a new mode of theatre that uses music and musicians as a vital part of the drama. Kim Ashton will lead the development of the music, which will include both improvised and semi-improvised elements and will be a central part of the work, not merely an accompaniment to the play. A group of actors will also be involved in the project, bringing life to Shakespeare’s colourful cast of characters.
“The performance was meticulously nuanced, witty and chic.” **** The Times
“This clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think.” **** The Observer
“The combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass is not one you hear every day, but in the right hands it works brilliantly. The Hermes Experiment who sport this line-up have in a short few years commissioned prodigiously for it, opening a whole new expressive world” The Evening Standard
WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE DATES
– Aldeburgh Music Residency: 5-10 September 2016, with a work-in-progress performance on 10 September at an Aldeburgh Music Open Session
– 13 December 2016, The Cockpit, London (premiere)
– Additional performances in 2017 – dates tbc
You would need to be available for the entire duration of the Residency, the premiere, as well as additional rehearsals during the autumn (exact dates tbc).
– Aldeburgh Residency: travel expenses and accommodation provided
– Rehearsal period and premiere: fees will be confirmed in due course (funding dependent)
– Further performances: fees will be discussed on an individual performance basis
16th June 2016, between 6.45pm-10.15pm – Lower Hall, St Gabriel’s Hall, St Gabriel’s Halls
Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3AA
To apply, please email [email protected] by 28 May 2016 with your CV and a short statement explaining why you would like to take part in the production.
We are looking to cast the following:
For the audition, you will need to prepare one monologue/speech taken directly from The Winter’s Tale, and one short modern monologue, and be ready to work on both with the director in the audition.