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Open Theatre Auditions: The Great Gale of Brixham 1866

Open Theatre Auditions: The Great Gale of Brixham 1866

Torquay, UK
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Casting all roles for this researched historical professional theatre production based on a pivotal event in local history

These roles cover speaking characters (no extras) aged 10 - 70, playing for the most part real people and telling their stories through this storm.
People of all backgrounds very welcome.
Minors must attend with a parent or legal guardian, and involvement will be subject to individual child performance licences from the local authority.

Auditions are on Sunday Sept 15th 2019, in Brixham, Devon TQ5. Please arrive to begin at 1pm. (doors open from 12).

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal dates: Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9.30pm, Sundays 12.30pm - 5pm, in Brixham, Devon, TQ5, the same as the auditions. For this reason, priority will be given to performers who live in the South Devon region. Please note that you will be expected to attend regular rehearsals

SHOWS
Brixham Theatre - Dec 13th (evening), Dec 14th (matinee & evening)
The Watermark, Ivybridge Jan 18th (evening)
We may also book another one or two dates within this range.

ABOUT THE HISTORY

On the night of January 10 – 11th 1866, a southeast gale blew up, and the storm is widely remembered in Brixham to this day. Much of the towns fishing fleet, as well as other ships sheltering in Torbay were destroyed, with a large loss of life.

The fishwives of Brixham built a bonfire of their household effects on the end of the breakwater (half the length of the current breakwater, although in the same location) to try to guide their husbands home safely, while the men on shore in the town did all they could to save people from the ships which were wrecked along the Brixham and Churston coastline, and all those saved, both locals, and those from other parts of Britain, and indeed mainland Europe, were shown great kindness by the residents of the town who in many cases offered them lodgings in their own homes, even as they waited for news of their own loved ones.

It is said, however, that after the storm one could walk along the coastline from Brixham to Paignton, upon the wreckage of all the wrecked ships. Over a hundred bodies were identified, and records to this day also list many other unidentified seamen who were found torn apart by the fury of the storm and unidentifiable. A mass grave and memorial exists at St Marys Church in Brixham to this day. The full death toll from the storm will never be known – for example it was reported that two passenger steamers had been seen in Torbay, and some sailors, later rescued from the wreck of their own ship, reported that in the chaos of the night, in the bay, their ship had crashed into an unknown steamer which then sank, as far as they knew, with all hands.

In the 19th century, at the time of this storm, Brixham was one of the foremost fishing ports in England, and it was due to this storm that the people of Exeter, the county capital, raised funds for Brixham to have her first RNLI lifeboat; named The City Of Exeter, and the town has always had a lifeboat since.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE AUDITIONS:
Castings will take the form of reading and characterising excerpts from the script. A casting pack will be available soon.

As with all our shows, all persons appearing as cast and crew for this production will be entitled to remuneration as
- equal profit share (ticket-take less venue hire cost)
- portfolio photos and video for portfolio use
- copies of all press in which the character is featured
- programme credit
(and anything else we find that we are able to offer)

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal dates: Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9.30pm, Sundays 12.30pm - 5pm,
in Brixham, Devon, TQ5, the same as the auditions. For this reason, priority will be given to performers who live in the South Devon region. Please note that you will be expected to attend regular rehearsals

SHOWS
Brixham Theatre - Dec 13th (evening), Dec 14th (matinee & evening)
The Watermark, Ivybridge Jan 18th (evening)

Job payment

Paid - Full equal profit share

Expenses paid - backstage refreshments


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Full cast

Roles are playing local people from Brixham, mainly factual personages. Please note that we can only cast people from the South Devon area, as we need cast to be able to attend rehearsals and performances in person.

Anyone, aged 18 and over

Applications closed 17 September 2019.

Previous audition:
Male or Female in Brooklyn or Surrounding Areas

Next audition:
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Listing created: 26 July 2019
Applications closed: 17 September 2019
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