Job: Actor Fee: £1200. We are looking for 10 strong actors
Black Fate’ (The Story)
In the late 1800s, a gang operated in the Elephant and Castle area of London called The Forty Elephants. They were an all-female crime syndicate who were known for their tactics and organisation, and were highly skilled at avoiding police detection. Our adaptation of Romeo and Juliet called ‘Black Fate’ takes place in this setting, with Capulet as the leader of The Forty Elephants, and Montague owning a pub within her territory.
This production will be taking over the entirety of The Beacon’s main house. Across the three floors, it will be transformed into 1800s London, whilst also utilising the surrounding terrace and gardens. The audience will be issued a mask and have complete freedom to roam where they please. They are not led, they do not get instructions, they are simply told not to remove their mask and not to speak. The rest is up to them.
This will be a scripted production, with elements of stage combat; therefore, experience in stage combat is preferred but not necessary. If you have any experience, please state this in your application. Each character will never go ‘off- stage’ or have any ‘dead-time’ in the space; they will be constantly moving through their own storyline. At roughly two and a half hours long, this production is going to be demanding and will require a high level of concentration from the actors.
We are looking for 10 strong actors, confident in immersive theatre and comfortable performing in extremely close proximity to the audience.
Actor Fee: £1200 (all in). All invoices will be settled within 90 days of the final day of the project.
Performance dates: 28th January - 8th February (one evening show Tuesday - Saturday, 10 shows in total)
Venue: The Beacon, Tea Garden Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9JH
Production Week dates:
All cast must attend Dress and Tech, all day on 27th January.
Please only apply if you can commit to and attend these dates.
Rehearsal times are to be confirmed, depending on cast availability.
They are likely to be once or twice a week from casting, and rehearsals will take place on set in Tunbridge Wells.
Audition is via self-tape. Deadline for submissions will be 15th September. Please submit your tapes when you apply
Actors should submit a modern monologue, post 1990, of their choosing and state which role(s) they wish to apply for. We are not looking for any Shakespeare prose as this is an adaptation.
Actors are however considered for all roles on submitting an audition tape.
Please note we encourage applications from actors of all backgrounds, ethnicities and identities.
Romeo - Male - Montague’s younger brother, quick to fall deeply in love. He is not a fan of violence but will step in if he has to.
Juliet - Female - Capulet’s younger sister, in charge of the books for The Forty Elephants, finds out she is to be married off as part of a deal but wants to marry for love instead.
Friar - Male - A man of God and also a lover of plants. He constantly tries to pass on wisdom to others and talks of God and loyalty, but is guilty of taking bribes from Capulet for information. He is searching for peace in a world of crime and violence, and his faith is put on the line as he tries to achieve it.
Nurse - Female - Has gained her nickname ‘The Nurse’ through the use of potions and poisons she likes to use, rather than moving straight to violence as a solution. Juliet feels far more comfortable talking through things with Nurse than Capulet. She isn’t the best at confrontation and likes to avoid it when possible, but when push comes to shove, she is more than happy to roll up her sleeves.
Tybalt - Female - The muscle in The Forty Elephants. She is very quick tempered and feels violence is the best and most simple way of sending a message to people. She has opportunities to show a softer side but rejects them through fear of appearing
weak. She is in charge of collecting rent for The Forty Elephants so is a well known face in these streets and she thrives off her power and reputation.
Mercutio - Male - Employee of Montague, a bit of a loud mouth and likes to show off. He loves to annoy the likes of Tybalt and Nurse to try and provoke a reaction. He and Benvolio have come up with an ‘ingenious’ plan to try and start pulling cons in someone else's territory, which proves successful at first but crumbles down once Paris recognises him.
Montague - Male - Romeo’s older brother and owner of a pub within The Forty Elephants’ territory. He tries to make an honest living, but struggles as Mercutio and Benvolio keep causing problems in the streets, causing Capulet to raise his rent. He becomes reliant on Mercutio and Benvolio’s new illegal operation to keep up with payments.
Capulet - Female - Leader of The Forty Elephants and extremely focused and business minded. She is always thinking of the big picture and how to stay ahead in the world. She has made sacrifices to get the organisation to where it is today, and expects others to also be willing to do the same. She is in the final stages of pulling off a merger between her gang and one from a neighbouring territory, which would give her and The Forty Elephants a huge amount of influence and power. All she needs to do now is to impress Paris and convince Juliet to marry him.
Paris - Male - Representative from a neighbouring territory, and invited by Capulet to come look around to see how well she runs her streets. He is there to finalise details of the merger of the two gangs, and bind them through law by marrying Juliet. Things begin to kick off, he recognises some people who were pulling cons in his territory and he begins to question whether this merger is right for him and his organisation.
Benvolio - Male - Employee of Montague. Acts as a peacekeeper but has a short temper of his own. Finds himself stuck in numerous difficult situations and feels responsible for finding the solutions.
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