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Casting: 4 Actors for A Man for All Seasons

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Clontarf Players are seeking 4 actors for thier production of  Robert Bolt’s ‘A Man for All Seasons’. They will hold readings this Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm
2 x Females aged 30 – 45 years
2 x Male aged 25 – 40 years
Performance Dates    7, 8, 9 April 2017
Rehearsals                   Mon  &  Wed  7.30-9.30pm
This is a non-commercial and unpaid production
Contact Breffni Mc Guinness
087 2836571

Casting: Male Actor for Paid Short Film Role

Male actor required for short film, playing age 35 – 45 years.

Film is based in Berlin so must speak German.

One or two days shooting in a Dublin location in February.  Dates and location TBC.

Please send photo and any relevant experience.

Standard Equity fee for low budget short film will be paid.

Director’s contact: susangogan@gmail.com

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Please note that castings on this blog are not associated with The Gaiety School of Acting, unless otherwise stated.

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Casting 3 Actors for Griffith College graduate film (15-17 min short film)

Story:
“I did it for the love” is a 15-17 minute short film about a 14-year old boy, Lyosha, who witnesses the verbal and physical abuse of his mother Nadia by the older brother Kazimir. As the situation is about to escalate, Lyosha in the fear for his mother’s safety, comes up with a plan to stop Kazimir. This, however, just brings greater tragedy to the family.

Roles:
-Lyosha (lead role): 14-20 years old, male
-Nadia (supporting role): 40-50 years old, female
-Kazimir (supporting role): 22-30 years old, male

*The characters are Russian, but any nationalities can apply. Russian language knowledge is not necessary; however being able to speak in a Russian accent is an advantage.

 Audition Dates: 06/07/08.01.2017 (other dates can be agreed as well)
Location: Griffith College, Dublin
 Shooting Dates: 28/29.01.2017 and 04/05.01.2017 (all to be confirmed)
Location: Dublin 8

Email your info to Gcd.production@gmail.com

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Courses are now booking up for Term Two in all our adult and kids courses. Book now!

Two actresses wanted!

Looking for a young girl (about 13-16 years) and a woman (ca 45-55 years). Preferably with red hair. The characters are the same person at different ages. The film shoot is in Limerick School of Art and Design on 19 & 20 December. The young girl does not have any lines. A small salary (and accommodation plus travels if needed) is offered. Contact artist Johanna Lecklin on jlecklin@gmail.com for more information.
Johanna Lecklin is an artist/ filmmaker from Finland. She is working on a film down in Limerick and is looking for two actresses. Any advice or interest would be appreciated!

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Don’t forget, term two at The Gaiety School of Acting starts in January 2017 – see our website for information on all our courses.

Casting for Short Film

Casting for a Short Film: ‘On Both Sides’ is a short film about the identity crisis which is usually suffered in late teens and now returns at the end of our 20’s. The film centres on a fear of missing out, uncertainty and instability.

Actors must be available for location shooting on 28th and 29th December and on 3rd January. These are unpaid roles but all necessary travel, food, beverages and refreshments will be provided as well as show-reel material.

Casting for two females:

Beverly-
Beverly is 29, she seems to have to all, good job, nice friends, a steady boyfriend on the cusp of proposing to her. Everything has fallen into place as per the list of life benchmarks but she is internally at a crossroads. She is torn between a mundane daily life with her boyfriend or an exciting single life with her new and intriguing friend Anna. She is quietly confident but has become anxious of late as she feels an overwhelming sense of change looming.
Anna-
Anna is a 29 year old who lives life to the beat of her own drum but her external free spirited and liberal attitude is somewhat unmasked to display a slight desire to control others. She sometimes medals and deliberately persuades others to follow her way of thinking for the sake of personal satisfaction. She follows her own whims while frequently chopping and changing between her interests and investments.
Interested parties should email Janet at janetzetamoore@gmail.com by 13th December with a recent headshot and acting CV.

Advocating for more Drama on the Northside of Dublin

By Maeve Fitzgerald, Actress.

This article was commissioned by The Northside Partnershipmaeve-fitzgerald-max-228x300

We’re all trying to avoid drama in our lives. That’s understandable. But sometimes, a bit of drama can be a good thing.

What exactly is drama? Well firstly, I want to separate drama from ‘hassle’ or ‘being famous in the movies or the West End’. Theatre and ‘drama’ as we know it was first recorded as religious ritual in Ancient Greece and very quickly evolved to become a necessary tool that their society used to satisfy a human need to within us all; to tell the truths that we can’t tell.

By hiding behind masks, whether it be physical masks as they used in Greek theatre or the mask of a character that is not you, we can tell stories that we otherwise might not have the ability or bravery to tell. Corruption, power, jealousy, love were all themes that were prevalent in the first recorded plays from that time. Drama was used as a form of expression and exposure; using the power of the story or fable or allegory to make sense of the world around us and to take ownership of the shared human experience.
So what does this have to do with us here on the Northside? What does drama have to offer young people today who literally have the world at their fingertips? Simple; self-expression and self-confidence. Drama can be cathartic, therapeutic and transformative.

A quick Google search of drama schools Dublin yields 17 results on the Southside and 10 on the Northside. I broke down the biggest cast I have ever been in and leaving out the people from outside Dublin there were 9 Southsiders and 2 Northsiders. There are 6 third level institutions that produce the majority of working theatre practitioners in the city. 1 of them is on the Northside. These statistics don’t need to be elaborated on. They speak for themselves; that we simply do not have the same opportunities for children on this side of the river to explore the benefits of drama.

Several colleagues who work in the arts on the Northside mainly echoed the same theme- that they were able to have careers in the arts in spite of rather than because of being from the Northside. This is slowly improving and support schemes are being put in place and it will be interesting to see what great work this yields in the future. But let’s talk about now.
Not everybody who does drama wants – or rather needs – to be an actor. But the holistic benefits of drama far outstretch the dramatic arts. A friend of mine who teaches children speech and drama told me of the simple but life-altering effects it has had on her students. She has watched children too shy to speak their name aloud in front of their peers blossom into young people who are chomping at the bit for their voices to be heard. Taking part time courses in the Gaiety School of Acting in Temple Bar as a young teenager gave me, a very shy child, the confidence to make decisions about what I wanted to do to the rest of my life, and to recognise that the hierarchy of secondary school, where I was not one of the glossy girls, was temporary and that there were other possibilities beyond those occasionally repressive walls. It’s not just that drama is for those of us who don’t fit in, it’s for those of us who occasionally feel that our voice is not heard. In short, it’s for everybody. Drama for children should be a safe space where children can discover themselves. It enables children to articulate the inarticulable. It can be a magical space where that rarest of rare things is true- whatever you create, it’s impossible to get it wrong, because it’s yours.

How would having easier access to this have benefited me growing up on the Northside before I reached my teens and was allowed ‘into town’? Simple. I would have reached these conclusions sooner. I would have read more. I would have mixed more. I would have dipped my toe outside my comfort zone more. As an only child, I made up a lot of stories in my head. My parents broke up when I was seven and like a lot of young children do, I suspected it was partly my fault. Speech and drama classes would have provided an outlet for me to explore what was going on inside me.

There were none in Kilbarrack. And at that time my parents didn’t drive.

I can only speak from my experience. Would I have been a happier child if I had that space to create stories with other children and would I have been a more confident child if I had the knowledge that making up stories does not just have to be child’s play? That it is a worthwhile way of telling the world how we feel? Yes I would. We need to give children on this side of the city more space and freedom to explore this, and it has never been more important than now. Snapchat, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram are blinkering young people’s view of the world. The world indeed, now exists in a screen that is 4.5 by 2.3 inches. And from an early age, children are exposed to what societal and peer pressures dictate what they ‘should’ be, not what they ‘are’. Being at a friend’s house with her two young daughters recently my heart was broken to see them going from being engrossed in a board game to engrossed in their screens because a familiar jingle notified them that Kylie Jenner had uploaded a new make-up item on Snapchat. Nobody looks up anymore. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. And it is a kind of natural progression, no doubt. But it would be naive to think that it is not having an impact on the imaginations of our children.
This is why we need a place where phones and self-consciousness are put aside, even for an hour and children are told- ok, this is your space to dream, and to turn those dreams into stories and none of those stories are wrong because your stories are enough because YOU are enough.

If young people aren’t given the opportunity to fly beyond the bounds of what social media dictates then we can forget about churning out Brendan Gleesons, Liam Cunninghams, Roddy Doyles, Damien Dempseys.

There’s beauty and inspiration all around us on the Northside. We have the nicest coastline, the most impressive Georgian architecture, the two best theatres, we have the main music venue in the country, the main sports stadium; we should be the ones to fill them.

The great work that Dublin Youth Theatre, the Billie Barry School and our other Northside drama schools are doing should be more locally available. Not everybody can afford fees. Approach organisations like the Northside partnership and community centres, community leaders, even politicians and ask for an investment. Because an investment in children’s confidence and creativity is an investment in the future of this country. We are known globally as the great storytellers of the world. It would be an amazing testament to the already well-established resilience of the Irish spirit if, in spite of our digital age, we continued to be able to produce the creative, artistic and brave minds that have ensured that in spite of our size we globally still bat with the big boys of literature, art, drama, music. But that responsibility does not lie with someone else, it starts at home. In our communities. It is up to us to see the value of giving a child a voice through play and creativity.

How can a child who is being bullied at school articulate the pain of being singled out when all you want to is fit in?
How can a child make sense of the muddled up feeling that come with the simple yet often traumatic experience of simply growing up?
Giving children the chance to play and let go is damage limitation. It is through play and creation that children make sense of things. It is not going to solve all of our societal problems but it is a step in the right direction in dealing with where we are a nation and what impact and residue that will leave on our children. We all suffer from the ‘it’ll be grand’ mentality when it mightn’t ‘be grand’ at all. If we give our children a place where their voices and their games and there confusions and their joys and their dreams can be played out in a safe space the world for them becomes a much less scary place. And going into adulthood it provides them with the knowledge that being themselves is an ok thing to be.

I’m proud to be a Northsider. And we are as well able to be just as conscious of the value of creativity in our children’s lives as our friends on the other side of the river. And I don’t just mean drama. Art classes, music classes, dancing classes; anything that gets the right-brain juiced up.

Talk to your children’s school or your local community centre or library about bringing in a drama teacher once a week, even once a month. It does not have to break the bank 3 euro each from 30 students would more than cover the costs of an hour or two’s work. All you need is a venue, a qualified and of course Garda vetted teacher and a few willing participants. Bring your children to plays, trust me, it’s way more exciting than the cinema. We have the Viking Theatre just down the road if you don’t want to travel into town. Or look into one of the drama schools that is already in operation here.

For those of you whose children are already doing speech and drama or music or art or dancing, you have made in invaluable investment in your child’s future and self-expression. They mightn’t know it now but they’ll thank you for it. And it does not have to stop with children. Every now and again, adults need to chance to play aswell. An hour a week of letting go of the desk, the phone, the car, the family can renew your relationship with yourself. So let’s give it a go here on the Northside and let’s not be afraid of having a little bit of drama in our lives.

The Gaiety School of Acting delivers classes in Malahide on the Northside of Dublin every Saturday for kids aged 4 – 18 years. New term begins in January. See here for more information!

 

Audi Film Festival Volunteers needed!

Applications to be a Festival Volunteer at Audi Dublin International Film Festival are now open!
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival is bringing the world’s best films to Dublin between 16th-26th February 2017, and to make sure it’s programme of over 130 films, special events and guest appearances runs picture perfect, the Festival needs a team of smart, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to pull together and make the Festival a success.

Help will be needed in areas such as venues, hospitality, office administration, production, ticketing, promotions, marketing and communications so whether you are welcoming Festival-goers to a venue and making sure that they’re getting the most out of the festival or helping behind the scenes at ADIFF HQ it’s a great way to get first-hand insight into the inner workings of an international entertainment event.

The Festival takes its volunteers seriously and is proud of the diverse and committed group of people from Dublin and much further afield who generously give their time and who often return year after year. It’s also a chance for volunteers to build up experience, explore the city in a new way and to make new connections – both whilst on the job and of course relaxing after a film at the Festival Club.
Depending on individual availability, volunteers can either apply to be full-time (a minimum of one shift per day during the Festival) or part-time. Each volunteer needs to be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteering shifts.

Volunteer applications are now open! Go to http://www.diff.ie/about/volunteers for more information and to download an application and make sure to apply before 5pm on January 13th, 2017. You must be over 18 to apply. Questions, comments or queries can be sent to John McHale, Volunteer Coordinator volunteers@diff.ie.

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Term Two of the Gaiety School of Acting’s adult and kids classes starts in January 2017 – check out our full suite of courses here.

 

Actress needed for Christmas Campaign

Looking for an actress (preferably 35+) for an upcoming Christmas campaign for a client. The actress must dress as a Christmas elf (costume provided) and tell stories to children from books provided at radio station roadcasters around the country. The schedule is below. Travel and all associated costs will be covered as overnights may also be necessary. Can the actress also state whether she is Garda vetted in applying to us.

Tuesday 6th Dec 1.30-3.30pm Highland Radio Afternoon Show with Garry Gamble Buncrana – 938
Wednesday 7th Dec 11am – 1.30pm Ocean FM Francie Boylan Show Donegal
Thursday 8th Dec 11am – 1pm Midwest Radio Mid Morning Show Ballina – 185 & 940
Friday 9th Dec 11-1pm Kerry FM Club Tralee
Saturday 10th Dec 9am – 12pm Clare FM Morning Focus Ennis
Monday 12th Dec 9am – 12pm Tipp FM Tipp Today 196 Clonmel
Tuesday 13th Dec 9-11am Northern Sound Joe Finnegan Show Virginia – 199
Wednesday 14th Dec 9-11am Northern Sound Joe Finnegan Show Monaghan
Thursday 15th Dec 9am – 12pm Midlands 103 Midlands Today Mullingar – 184 & 905
Friday 16th Dec 7am – 10am Radio Nova Morning Glory Tallaght
Saturday 17th Dec 10am – 12pm South East Radio Morning Mix Gorey
Monday 19th Dec 10-12pm KCLR KCLR Live Kilkenny
Tuesday 20th Dec 11am – 2pm KFM Lilywhite Lunch Newbridge
Wednesday 21st Dec 10am – 12pm East Coast FM Morning Show Greystones

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Please note the Gaiety School of Acting is not in any way associated with any of the castings listed on this blog, unless otherwise stated.

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Don’t forget that we have two exciting Masterclasses in Stage Combat and Stand-up Comedy taking place this Sunday the 20th of November. Book your place now!

 

German speaking female actor needed for short film

One female actor required to play 16-year-old for short film (drama). Applications from older actors who have a younger and relevant playing range welcome. A good level of speaking German is required.

Dates TBC: one date in late November / early December and two dates in January / February.Both locations will be in the Dublin area.
Please include A CV and headshot.
Please email your application to hannahsmo@gmail.com and mark it “CASTING-GERMAN ROLE”

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Young Gaiety Casting & Audition, for ages 13-18 years takes place this Sunday the 20th of November. The workshop is in conjunction with Louise Kiely Casting. Book now!

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