We are looking for some new cast members! If you haven’t seen us before, we’re a long form improv company who buckle on the Bard’s britches to improvise plays in the style and spirit of Shakespeare.
Since 2013 we've done four critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. We currently have a monthly residency at the Nursery Theatre in London, and have done a SW tour this year including multiple sell-out shows at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and Stroud Theatre Festival. Looking ahead to 2018 we hope to do a full run in Edinburgh - amongst other things - so we are expanding the company to be able to achieve this.
Our style of performance aims to honour the emotional depth and linguistic beauty of the Bard; however, our approach is light-footed and joyful - our tongues are firmly in our cheeks.
For more of a feel of what we are like, have a click around our website . We have some lovely reviews you can take a look at, and we have some shows coming up in London and Birmingham you can catch.
We are looking for experienced long form improvisers who can act, or actors who can improvise. A solid understanding of, and grounding in Shakespeare is essential.
Minimum requirements are:
Auditions will be held on Saturday 13th January 2018, 1-5pm in central London. Please send a CV or bio with a covering letter detailing any relevant experience and what draws you to us to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Saturday 16th December.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Taking flight: The Tempest
7th (12pm & 7pm) 8th July (2pm & 7pm)
Blaise Castle Estate Dairy Farm
Adults: £15.50 | Concessions: £11
PAs to disabled people: FREE
Children (under 16): £6
Families: £36 (Up to 2 adults, up to 3 children (under 16). Total people: 5)
Taking flight is a professional inclusive theatre company based in Cardiff. Their work aims to challenge perceptions of disability whilst finding ways to support audiences to experience their work. Their vibrant re-imagining of The Tempest is set on board the Luxury Ocean liner ‘The Remembrance’ as the crew take you on a journey to the island the Time Forgot. All set to original live music with physical comedy and plenty of laughs.
This performance has live integrated BSL interpretation and audio description. Touch tours and BSL introductions are available by arrangement.
Heartbreak Productions: The Taming of the Shrew
12-13th July |Brandon Hill Bowling Green, 7:30pm
Full Price: £17
*Two adults, two children
Heartbreak Productions have been touring shows for 25 years, always creating new spins on well-known texts to give theatre lovers something they’ve never seen before. They are very busy touring shows all over the country this summer, so Bristol is lucky to have their version of The Taming of the Shrew, using live music and audience interaction to bring to life Shakespeare’s fiery battle of the sexes.
Stem Theatre: Ophelia: Madness (in blue)
18th July |St Pauls Church, 6pm & 8pm| free/by donation
Stem Theatre is a music based theatre company in the South West. They are bringing their inaugural production Ophelia: Madness (in blue) to the festival as part of their summer tour. Combining, blues, jazz, classical vocals and Elizabethan verse, they celebrate the story of Hamlet’s Ophelia and her desire to speak with the men she’s lost; her father, brother and lover. This production sounds like it will be a beautifully realised insight into one of Shakespeare’s most passionate heroines.
Hammerpuzzle Theatre: The Tempest
22nd July 10:15, 11:15 – Windmill Hill City Farm |23rd July 10:15, 11:15 – Arnos Vale Cemetery |Adults: £5/Children: £3
Hammerpuzzle make classical texts fun and accessible to all ages. Their 30 minute version of the tempest is created using love music and interactive storytelling, help them create the storm, meet the characters and explore Shakespeare’s magical island.
Handlebards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
23rd July |Windmill Hill City Farm|
2:30pm & 6:30pm |£16/under 16 £6
The Handlebards are troop of cycling actors who carry all set, props and costumes on their bikes! Join them as they perform Shakespeare’s magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Handlebards are an extremely talented group of energetic actors who continuous delight audiences with their outdoor Shakespeare productions. Bring your family for fairies and frolics at the farm for a perfect midsummer evening out.
Lord Chamberlains Men: The Comedy of Errors
28th July |Brandon Hill bowling green, 7:30pm| £15.50/£9.50
The Lord Chamberlains Men are an open-air theatre company that present bold, clear dynamic productions that excite and delight audiences. Their style lends itself particularly well to their play of choice this year, Shakespeare’s mistaken identity comedy romp – The Comedy of Errors. One of Shakespeare’s shortest and funniest plays, its perfect show for older children just beginning to get to grips with Shakespeare.
Sun and Moon Theatre: Twelfth Night
29th July |St George Park, 2pm & 6:30pm| Free/by donation
The company formed in 2013 and have since been making joyous theatre, their production of Twelfth Night will be no exception. Set in WW1, we join the shipwrecked twins on their journey in love, lies and finding each other. Accompanied to live music, Sun and Moon promise to bring to life the wit and passion that lies in one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies.