ILIAD

A theatrical staging of Christopher Logue's War Music

Directors Mike Pearson & Mike Brookes

Renowned theatre-makers Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, celebrated for their recent,

large-scale interpretations of Aeschylus’ The Persians and Shakespeare and Brecht’s

Coriolan/us with National Theatre Wales, will bring their trademark vision to this multimedia

staging of Christopher Logue’s beautiful, filmic poem, derived from Homer’s account of the

last years of the Trojan War.

The audience will go on an epic journey with a cast of great Welsh actors, a troupe of

teenage gods, a stage shaped around them, and vast cinematic landscapes.

Iliad will be created entirely in Llanelli and the cast will consist of 6 actor/narrators: 2 female and 4

male, age late 30s to early 50s.

The production will contain four episodes, each performed twice over two weeks. All four episodes

will be presented consecutively in two durational performances; one throughout the day and one

overnight. An audio version of each episode will be streamed live.

Performers won’t need to memorise the text, it will be available to them throughout performances.

Rehearsal will involve not only developing vocal modes appropriate for delivering Logue’s text but

also a gestural and interactive physical style to accompany, animate, delineate, demonstrate and

illustrate the text.

This is not a straight acting job! It would probably be useful for performers to have experience in

radio, film, television and/or in theatre productions that have employed combinations of media

and/or have involved physical expression beyond naturalistic acting.

Strong, versatile voices are important and an ability to plot the delivery of demanding texts.

AS PER NTW CASTING POLICY, ALL ACTORS MUST BE EITHER WELSH, WALES BASED OR

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED IN WALES.

PRODUCTION DATES:

Rehearsals in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire from 17th August 2015

Performances from 21st September to 3rd October 2015

VENUE: The Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

PAY: Company wage of £550 per week rehearse and play.

CASTING DETAILS: Audition workshops will take place in Cardiff on 11th & 12th May.

ROLES:

FEMALE ROLES

We are looking to cast two actors, aged 30 - 50, any ethnicity, to be narrator/performers. Given the

multimedia nature of the production and Mike Pearson & Mike Brooke's creative process, we are

looking for skilful self-reliant performers who would embrace working as part of this extraordinary

production and who have a facility with classical text. Actors will need the stamina for long

performances, up to nearly eight hours of drama. This is not a job for the faint-hearted!

AS PER NTW CASTING POLICY, ALL ACTORS MUST BE EITHER WELSH, WALES BASED OR

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED IN WALES.

MALE ROLES

We are looking to cast four actors, aged 30 - 50, any ethnicity, to be narrator/performers. Given the

multimedia nature of the production and Mike Pearson & Mike Brooke's creative process, we are

looking for skilful self-reliant performers who would embrace working as part of this extraordinary

production and who have a facility with classical text. Actors will need the stamina for long

performances, up to nearly eight hours of drama. This is not a job for the faint-hearted!

AS PER NTW CASTING POLICY, ALL ACTORS MUST BE EITHER WELSH, WALES BASED OR

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED IN WALES.

If you would like to be considered for this production, please email your CV and headshot, telling us

where you are based, to: casting@nationaltheatrewales.org

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