Our next production is the classic bawdy satire The Satyricon. (For details, including plot, characters and performance dates, see thesatyricon.uk.)
We are still building our team: email / phone (details below) if you are interested in joining us.
We are midway through casting and although we have seen some very talented actors, we are keeping our door open for other candidates.
If you are a versatile, uninhibited performer (m/f/t, 18-80), look through the descriptions below and contact us. Rehearsals April onwards; performances 23-27 June in the Festival Theatre Studio, Edinburgh. Proposed fee: £1,000.
Can you create the sounds of ancient Rome to entertain / surprise / frighten a modern audience? The crowd in the Forum, the deserted forest, the midnight orgy, a ship at sea and more? Let your imagination explore the whole spectrum of music and SFX. We need a talented individual who can work with the co-directors to create the right atmosphere for this 90-100 minute production (sound required for perhaps 20 minutes overall). Primarily required April-May with some input in June. Fee and royalties negotiable.
Costume designer / maker
Nine performers in simple ancient Roman attire, plus details such as a headpiece, scarf or coloured robe indicating different characters. We know the look we want; we need the talented designer to create it. Designs agreed by mid-February, first costumes completed by late March, all costumes by mid-May. Fee negotiable.
To join us for late rehearsals, tech, dress and all performances. Required evenings of last two weeks in June plus matinee 27th. Expected rate: £10 an hour.
We expect to pay cast and crew, but this can only be confirmed in early spring 2020 when funding has been secured.
We are most likely to take on a new cast member as one of the Actors. We believe we have found all the characters in grey
but we would like to hear from potential understudies. Note that although there is no nudity, a variety of simulated sexual acts are performed by all the cast.
Actors (m/f/t, 18-80)
"That lot over there are actors. We'll bring them on when we need them for minor roles. Until then forget them. I say they're actors, but honestly... Look at that one's fingernails; he spends his days as a jobbing gardener. She's a waitress, of course. The one with the beard? If you knew how he keeps body and soul together your hair would stand on end."
The Actors are called upon to portray a range of characters in the different stories, possibly cross-gender and cross-age (eg a 65 year old man playing an 18 year old woman or vice versa). The Actors are not classically good-looking and they need not be specifically male or female.
Petronius (m, 35-50)
"An Arbiter - a judge - of elegance. Equivalent to, say, editor of Vogue - a commander in the Fashion Police."
The narrator of The Satyricon, a calm presence above the confusion of characters and stories that he creates. A man who is distant but who nevertheless engages the audience's attention and even sympathy by the end of the play.
Encolpius (m, 18-24)
"Encolpius claims to have been a gladiator, but honestly, look at him. He's far too pretty. He wouldn't last a minute in the circus. Throw him a trident and he'd stab his own foot with it. No, let's be generous and call him a student, young, brash and with his eye on the main chance - although the main chance seldom has its eye on him."
Encolpius is desired by both women and men - although he prefers men. For a large part of the play he finds himself impotent and has to undergo various embarrassing situations in order to recover his virility.
Ascyltos (m, 18-24)
"Ascyltos should be the gladiator. If there's a fight, he'll be in the middle of it, and if there's a fight he probably started it. He says he's a student and he maintains the proud tradition of regularly getting drunk. He can't remember what he studies but if he ever reaches old age he'll proudly tell you he's a graduate of the University of Life."
"You created me a dolt. Good for nothing but fighting, drinking and fucking. But I'm more than that. I have feelings, don't you know? I care for people, look out for them."
Giton (m, 16, but actor must be at least 18)
"What can I tell you about Giton? Well, he's sixteen years old and just discovered sex. What's the expression? Young, dumb and full of cum. That's all you need to know."
Giton is in a relationship with Encolpius - but that doesn't stop him jumping into bed with any woman or man who invites him there. Like any teenage youth, Giton also likes to eat and pick his nose or scratch his backside or fall asleep when he has nothing better to do.
Arbery Productions is based in Edinburgh, with most rehearsals and all performances taking place in the centre of the city. Occasional meetings and rehearsals take place in the suburbs.
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