Auditions

On Stage

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at acting for the first time, or you’re already experienced on stage, The Bear Pit Theatre productions are open to you.

If you’re interested in finding out more join our mailing list or email info@thebearpit.org.uk

Getting started

Some of our plays have smaller and/or non-speaking roles that offer those who want a taste of the stage, or to gain experience.

Seasoned Actors

If you already have experience on stage, then The Bear Pit Theatre Company offers a range of productions that will offer new and different opportunities.

Auditions

All of our auditions are open to anyone and are announced on our website, to our mailing list, and on social media. We try and make auditions enjoyable and there is usually nothing to prepare in advance. Auditions for plays tend to be a reading through of the play or key scenes.

The plays selected for 2019 are as follows. Audition dates for the first three productions of 2019 are listed below, further audition dates will be announced later this year.

 

Visitors by Barney Norris, directed by Tony Homer

A beautiful and sharply funny love story, Visitors takes a haunting look at the way our lives slip past us. The play is an extraordinary understanding of the stresses and strains of old age.

This production will be in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme, the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Auditions for this production:

When: Monday 24 September at 7:30pm 2018

Where: Bear Pit Theatre Bar

Performing from 11 – 16 February 2019

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The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, directed by Vanessa Comer

Dejected and generally derided, the bookish Billy is brought up by his ‘aunties’ on the isle of Inishmaan. But the dullness of daily life is suddenly relieved when in 1934 Hollywood film-maker Robert Flaherty descends on a neighbouring isle to make the movie that became known as Man of Aran. For the sickly Billy the film offers a chance of escape, leads to a Hollywood screen test and takes him on a tragicomic voyage of self-discovery.

This play is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling.

Auditions for this production:

When: Tuesday 9th October at 7:30pm 2018

Where: Bear Pit Theatre Bar

Performing from 1 – 9 March 2019

This production will be in support of the Enham Trust, a leading disability charity that supports over 6,500 disabled people each year to achieve independence, choice and control.

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On Golden Pond by Earnest Thompson, directed by David Draper

A touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years. Ethel and Norman Thayer return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 44th year.

A work of rare simplicity and beauty.

This production will be in support of the British Heart Foundation.

Auditions for this production:

When: Tuesday 2nd October at 7:30pm 2018

Where: Bear Pit Theatre Bar

Performing from 17 – 25 May 2019

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The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, directed by Steve Farr 

A viciously funny, seriously disturbing tale about a writer in a totalitarian’ state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town.

Auditions for this production:

When: DATES TBC

Where: VENUE TBC

Performing from 21 – 29 June 2019

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House & Garden by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by David Mears

An unprecedented theatre event: two plays take place simultaneously under the same roof but in two different auditoriums. The same cast perform in both plays and commute between theatres during the course of one evening. Characters walk off one set and onto the other throughout and yet each portion is a complete theatre experience.

A country squire, whose father and grandfather have been the local MP before him, and who is being courted to stand for the next election, is having an affair with the wife of his doctor neighbour – and best friend. The annual summer village fete is also being held in the grounds of his home and it will be opened by a visiting French film star.

Unhappy marriages, fuelled by infidelities, serial bullying and even mental breakdown. These plays are a remarkable complete theatre experience with a vivid sense of reality.

Auditions for this production:

When: TBC

Where: VENUE TBC

Performing from 8 – 16 November 2019 in The Bear Pit Theatre and the United Reformed Church

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Goodnight Mister Tom, based on Michelle Magorian classic award-winning novel and adapted to stage by David Wood, directed by Lesley Simms

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times).

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

The play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.

Auditions for this production:

When: TBC

Where: VENUE TBC

Performing from 6 – 14 December 2019