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AUDITION CALLOUT – SHIMCHONG: DAUGHTER OVERBOARD!

Motherboard Productions on behalf of Jeremy Neideck (Dir.)

In February 2015, Brisbane-based director Jeremy Neideck is holding auditions to cast 2 multi-skilled, musically inclined performers for the creative development and world premiere of a new work of theatre produced by Motherboard Productions. Building on Jeremy’s previous works 지하 Underground (Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival, World Theatre Festival, Hi Seoul Festival) and 대홍수 Deluge (Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival), Shimchong: Daughter Overboard! will engage collaborative, transcultural theatrical processes with a team of diverse artists from Australia and Korea.

We are particularly interested in hearing from performers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We warmly welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, performers who have a lived experience of seeking asylum, and performers who have recently immigrated to Australia. A working understanding of English is required, and the rehearsal room will be run in English and Korean.

ROLES: 
– Age 35 – 65 years. To play a series of characters with mostly masculine characteristics*. Strong singing voice an advantage.

- Age 18 – 35. To play the role of a daughter*. Must have a strong singing voice.

*Performers of any gender identity may apply.

EXPERIENCE / SUITABILITY:
We are not looking for an impressive CV, we are looking for performers who can demonstrate an aptitude for collaboration and a willingness to share their stories and experiences. A strong voice, and training in physical theatre and music will also be an advantage.

The team behind this production have experience working with culturally, linguistically, neurologically, and gender diverse people and are committed to collaborating in the creation of more inclusive and accessible working environments.

Applicants must be based primarily in Brisbane, and must be able to attend the audition on the scheduled date.

THE SHOW:

Written by Jeremy Neideck and Kathleen McLeod, Shimchong: Daughter Overboard! is a new adaptation of Oh Tae Suk’s iconic reimagining of Shimchongga, the much-loved Korean folk story of a young woman who throws herself into the sea as a sacrifice to the Dragon King – the ruler of the undersea realm – in order to restore her father’s sight. The work comments directly on the Australian government’s policies regarding asylum seekers, the mounting restriction of civil liberties in Queensland, and the creeping radicalisation and fundamentalism of all parts of the social and political spectrum. Shimchong: Daughter Overboard! will offer Australian audiences the chance to look at themselves through foreign eyes, and Korean audiences the opportunity to see how far Shimchong may have drifted had she jumped into the Indian Ocean instead of the Indang Sea.

AVAILABILITY / ENGAGEMENT:
To be considered, performers must be available for the following periods:

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND WIP SHOWING
March 27 – April 11, 2015 (2 Weeks)

REHEARSAL AND PREMIERE SEASON (to be confirmed)
January – February, 2016 (min. 6 / max. 9 Weeks)

Potential touring dates to follow in 2016

SALARY:

This is a professional engagement and all artists will be paid the award rate set by the Media Entertainment and the Arts Alliance.

AUDITION DATE:
1 February, 2015
You will need to be available for a 3-hour period between the hours of 9am – 5pm. The time of your audition will be advised upon application.
VENUE:
THE STORES BUILDING
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St. New Farm, Brisbane
AUDITION DETAILS:
Applicants will be required to participate in a group workshop (3 hours), which will involve the presentation of a song or special skill (1 minute max.) and a monologue of their own choosing (2 minutes max.).

We may request a short interview (coffee date) with selected auditionees at a later time.

We don’t love scary, intimidating auditions. Above all, we want applicants to have fun and to be themselves. In this workshop context, we aim to make a space where everyone can share what they have prepared in a generous and supportive environment.

If you have any concerns regarding the nature of the audition, or issues of accessibility, please contact us.

REGISTRATION:
For expressions of interest, please email CVs and headshots to Dave Sleswick (Producer) by 5pm 27 January 2015 using:

hello@motherboardproductions.com.au

If you have any video footage or audio recordings of your previous work, please feel free to send them with your application.

We will confirm your audition time along with any further information upon receipt of your application.

We look forward to hearing from you, and please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

MOBO x

IMAGE CREDIT: Woolow – Hidden Land. Justin Shoulder + Jeremy Neideck (2010)

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