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Acting Apprentice Auditions Announced!

From blockbuster epic Game of Thrones to West End smash hit Posh, Changeling Theatre Apprentices have gone on to great things in theatre, TV and film.

This year, Changeling is looking for a two young people, between 17 and 22 years to perform with its professional company of actors in this year’s outdoor summer tour of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn. The company is keen to seek out local boy for The Winters Tale and a girl for Nell Gwynn  in Kent to potentially fill the role.

Rob Forknall explains:
“The apprentice scheme is an important part of what we do as a proudly Kent-based theatre company. It has helped launch the acting careers of many local would-be young performers.  Like previous years, we’re looking for someone who has aspirations to be an actor and would benefit from working with a professional cast and crew. They will learn the ropes and gain confidence in performing to large audiences in a wide range of unusual and interesting venues.”

The successful apprentice must be available to perform throughout the tour and be prepared to travel to rehearsals in London and to various venues across the South East. In return for their time, the apprentice will be offered on-the-job training and mentoring, and a young person’s railcard to assist with travel costs. Rehearsals start on 29 May, the tour starts on 28 June and finishes on 18 August.

Changeling Theatre will be holding auditions:

  • Saturday 27th April – Hazlitt, Maidstone – 12.00 – 3.00pm

If you know someone who fits the bill, they should email Changeling Theatre with a photo and some details including their age, where they live, any acting experience and whether they play a musical instrument. They would also like a brief reason as to why the applicant would like to audition. Deadline to apply is Monday 8th April:

Changeling Theatre’s tour of The Winter’s Tale and Nell Gwynn will be playing across Kent this Summer, in a wide range of magnificent venues including Folkestone Amphitheatre, Margate Beach, Biddenden Vineyard, Brighton Open Air Theatre and some of Kent’s best loved castles and gardens.

A previous apprentice was Cary Ryan from Maidstone, a then A-level drama student at Simon Langton Grammar School. Cary played roles in the company’s tour of Hamlet and is now studying Drama at The University of Plymouth.

Cary Ryan says:

“This is such an amazing opportunity for any young actor. The experience of working with a professional touring theatre company like Changeling is so rewarding and has enlightened me to what my future in the industry could look like. The skills I’ve gained have enhanced my career prospects massively. I’m extremely honoured to have followed in the success of past winners of this fantastic apprenticeship!

Previous Changeling Apprentices include:

Pip Carter was part of the Changeling Youth Theatre and played the part of Claudio in our 2003 production of Much Ado about Nothing just before he went off to RADA. Upon leaving drama school, Pip went on to appear in Party Animals along side Matt Smith, then again as WH Auden in Christopher and his Kind and in Consent at the National Theatre. He’s about to star in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music at The Old Vic.

Ellie Kendrick played in our 2005 production of Twelfth Night and was the daughter of the owners of our premiere venue, Boughton Monchelsea Place. She then went on to play the title role in the Diary of Anne Frank, and performed in The Misfits, Upstairs Downstairs as well as playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe and as Meera in Game of Thrones. She has recently turned her talents to playwriting and her new play debuted at the Royal Court this season.

Tom Oakley played various parts in our production of Comedy of Errors with hilarious consequences. From Maidstone, Tom went back to get his A levels, then went onto university in London and now is travelling the states before joining the army.

William Colyer was our Peter in Romeo and Juliet. Hailing from Margate in Kent, William is now studying at Italia Conte in London.