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Actors Wanted for Surrealist Comedic Drama

Actors Wanted for Surrealist Comedic Drama

Manawatu, NZ
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This July a production of the classic 1959 French Absurdist Drama 'Rhinoceros', is coming to Palmerston North!

A metaphor for conformity, individuality and willpower in the face of crisis and fascism, Rhinoceros tells the slightly funny, slightly horrifying, but above all extremely strange story of a town of people who slowly transform into rhinoceroses.

So we're looking for driven theatre performers from any age, ethnicity, background and gender who think turning into a rhinoceros on stage sounds like a fun time!

We accept all levels of experience and walks of life, and whether you're looking to push yourself or just have fun doing some community theatre we are happy to work with you. Even if the three listed roles don't sound like you we are happy to fit you in elsewhere. If this piques your curiosity please do get in touch!

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals will begin Mid - Late March, with the rehearsal schedule written around your availability to allow for flexibility and accommodating all lifestyles.
The production will be performed late July at Massey University, performed 28th-31st July (exact dates/venue TBC).

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Community Theatre

Expenses paid - Travel, Accommodation, In the event you ever need to find or source your own costume/make-up this is reimbursed too.

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.


Jean - Any age or gender.

Best friend to the protagonist - proud and sure of themselves, if perhaps a touch pompous. Though confident and self-assured, they end up being among the first to fall victim to the grotesque mutation into a rhinoceros.

Anyone, aged 18 and over

Applications closed 1 April 2021.

Daisy - Female Lead

The caring and gentle, if somewhat flighty friend to the protagonist and object of his affection. Though empathetic and good natured, her virtues are challenged in the midst of such a bizarre crisis.

Female, aged 18 and over

Applications closed 1 April 2021.

The Logician - Comic Relief

The main comic relief, a quick cameo with a small but impactful scene at the start. An intellectual (in the most generous use of the word), he considers himself the smartest and most refined of the town. But all his pretentious babbling ultimately can't save him from becoming just another animalistic beast.

Anyone, aged 18 and over

Applications closed 1 April 2021.

Previous audition:
Makeup and Beauty Expert Required for Presenting Role

Next audition:
Counsellor Needed For Presenting Job

Listing created: 3 March 2021
Applications closed: 1 April 2021
Casting #1113010
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