All auditions are open to all over 16, regardless of experience. No preparation is required, but please turn up about 15 minutes early so that we can take some details.
Friday 20th January, 7.30pm – The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, directed by Lee Stewart. Six males and two females required. Males should be able to do a convincing American accent. ages not important, but females will need to be of a similar age. Performance dates 20th to 25th March 2017.
Friday 31st March, 7.30pm – The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall, directed by Caroline Chapman. Further details to follow. Performance dates 15th to 20th May 2017.
Friday 7th April, 7.30pm – Oliver Twist by Jeremy Brock (adapted from Charles Dickens), directed by Andrew Barella. Further details to follow. Performance dates 19th to 24th June 2017, with an additional matinée on the 24th.
We are always keen for new people to get involved with the theatre, in a number of capacties. Aside from the performance side of things, there will also be opportunities for people to get involved with lighting, sound, set building, costume, props, front-of-house, and the bar. What ooportunities exist will generally be dependent upon the shows being produced at any given time.
Anybody wishing to become involved in any aspect of the theatre is invited to come to one of our social evenings, which take place every Friday from 8.30 in our bar. Here, you’ll be able to meet current members of the theatre, who should be able to point you in the direction of whomever is organising efforts for the current shows. Feel free to bring a friend if you think you might be nervous!
Throughout the year the theatre holds a series of play readings and auditions, which give potential new members an opportunity to get involved on the acting side.
Play reading dates will generally be about ten weeks before a production starts and will always be listed on the home page in good time. Play reading dates will also be listed on the Royalty Theatre Group page on Facebook. If there are no dates listed on this page then the play reading dates have not been set yet.
All of our play auditions are open to non-members as well as members. On arrival for an audition you will be asked to complete a form with your contact details and pose for your picture to be taken. You do not need to prepare anything or to have any experience; the usual format includes a mixture of scripted pieces to be read or performed. At pantomime auditions everyone will also be expected to sing, and possibly carry out some basic dance steps.
Unless otherwise stated readings and auditions start at 7.30pm and usually finish between 9pm – 9.30pm. There is no limit to the number of auditions or readings you attend, but you should be aware we can’t guarantee acting parts to anyone, no matter how enthusiastic they are.
We insist on a minimum age of 16 for acting auditions, anyone younger will be encouraged to try the youth academy instead. However, if a play features any characters younger than 16 it will be made clear when the reading is advertised.
Production rehearsal dates and times will be set by the Director. Usually actors are required for a six to seven week rehearsal period before the start of the production. Actors rehearse three nights per week, usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 7.30pm finishing between 9.30 – 10.00pm.
The week before a production starts is referred to as Dress Rehearsal week, during this week actors will generally be required for three or four nights from 6.30pm onwards. There is always a dress rehearsal on the Sunday before the production starts. The time for this is set by the Director and therefore will vary.
All people using the theatre will be asked to become members of the theatre.