Performers sought for the world stage premiere of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning YA novel
Fancy a chance to perform on stage at the Belgrade Theatre? With the world stage premiere of Crongton Knights coming to Coventry in February 2020, up-and-coming actors, musicians and beatboxers are now being invited to submit audition videos for a chance to appear in the show.
Following the sell-out success of Noughts and Crosses earlier this year, Crongton Knights is the second production to emerge from a consortium between the Belgrade Theatre, Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, York Theatre Royal and Mercury Theatre Colchester, set up to create new work for young people.
Adapted by Emteaz Hussain from Alex Wheatle’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize-winning YA novel, it tells the story of a group of teenagers from a South London estate who set out on a journey to help a friend in need.
The play will be co-directed by Pilot Theatre Artistic Director Esther Richardson and Strictly Arts Artistic Director Corey Campbell, who has recently joined the Belgrade Theatre as one of its three Co-Artistic Directors for Coventry’s year as City of Culture in 2021.
Together with its co-producers, the Belgrade Theatre is seeking a group of people to play the teenagers in the show. In order to audition, you will need to be aged 18 or over by January 2020, and available for rehearsals and performances running from January-May 2020.
In addition, the company are particularly looking for people with skills in physical theatre, beatboxing and/or singing and music. You don’t need to have experience in all of these areas to audition, but you should be able to show strengths in at least one of them, as well as demonstrating acting skills.
To apply, you’ll need to visit www.belgrade.co.uk/crongtonknights to download the character breakdown and script sheet. You can then choose your character and create a short video (no more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds long), introducing yourself, performing your chosen character’s speech, and performing an optional piece of singing or beatboxing.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July.
Please note that you do not need a high quality camera to apply for this opportunity. A video filmed on a smartphone or webcam is fine. If for any reason you have difficulties submitting your video via the online form, please contact email@example.com.
Crongton Knights makes its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre 8-22 February 2019 as part of the B2 Season of Love and Belonging. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or visiting www.belgrade.co.uk. Book for two or more participating shows at the same time to claim 20% off your purchase.