Job Description

As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, we are producing two large scale community theatre productions this summer, bringing together professionals and members of our community in a unique collaboration. The rehearsals and performances will take place in May and June 2024.

Would you like to work alongside your friends, neighbours and professional performers to put together an exciting piece of theatre that reflects the place that we live? We are welcoming actors over the age of 16 to relaxed open auditions held at The Theatre during March. You may have done lots of acting before – this may be your first attempt – all are welcome!

Candidates should be 16 or over.

If you would like to join us for friendly, informal group auditions, please see the dates for rehearsals and performances below and complete the form here.

Applications close 15th March 2024

Play 1 - Lark Rise

By Keith Dewhurst, from the book by Flora Thompson

Directed by John Terry. Set and Costume Design by Liz Cooke. Musical Director Sophie Crawford.

A summer’s morning at the close of the 19th century. 14 year old Laura, half playful, half astute, journeys through the first day of harvest to meet an extraordinary, eccentric and loveable cast of characters.

From field-workers’ chants in golden cornfields to long-lost songs in smoky taverns , the songs, laughter and everyday tragedies of the villagers of Lark Rise will immerse you in a forgotten, rural England.

The play contains a large variety of roles, larger and smaller, of different ages and genders. Costumes will be provided though help may be asked on some basics.

Lark Rise Scene Rehearsals (you would need to be available for some of these times, though not all)

  • Saturday 25th May Day/Evening
  • Sun 26th May Day
  • Mon 27th May Morning (Bank Holiday)
  • Tues 28th May Evening
  • Weds 29th May Evening
  • Thurs 30th May Afternoon/Evening
  • Fri 31st May Afternoon/Evening
  • Sat 1st June Day/Evening

Lark Rise Full Company Rehearsals(everyone required)

  • Sun 2nd June Day
  • Tues 4th June Evening
  • Weds 5th June Evening

Lark Rise Performances (everyone required)

  • Thurs 6th June Evening
  • Fri 7th June Evening
  • Sat 8th June Evening
  • Sun 9th June Evening

Play 2 – Barn Dance

By Mike Bartlett

Directed by John Terry. Set and Costume Design by Liz Cooke. Musical Director Sophie Crawford.

A sparkling, touching new play from the multi-Olivier Award winning and BAFTA nominated writer of King Charles III, Press and Doctor Foster.

Echoing the themes of Lark Rise, Barn Dance traces the imagined history of an Oxfordshire barn and those that work and live there. Across a century of history that begins with the conscription of farmhands to fight in World War II, and ends with installation of a kitchen with underfloor heating, Barn Dance is a celebration of Oxfordshire – all that it is, and all that has changed along the way.

The play has a medium-large cast of roles, with some leads and some supporting roles. Costumes will be provided though help may be asked on some basics.

Barn Dance Scene Rehearsals (you would need to be available for some of these times, though not all)

  • Mon 27th May (Bank Holiday) Afternoon
  • Sun 2nd June Evening
  • Mon 3rd June Evening
  • Saturday 8th June Day
  • Sunday 9th June Day
  • Monday 10th June Afternoon/evening
  • Tues 11th June Evening
  • Weds 12th June Evening
  • Thurs 13th June Evening

Barn Dance Full Company Rehearsals (everyone required)

  • Sat 15th June Day/Evening
  • Sun 16th June Day/Evening

Barn Dance Performances (everyone required)

  • Mon 17th June Evening
  • Tues 18th June Evening
  • Weds 19th June Evening
  • Thurs 20th June Evening

If you would like to join us for friendly informal group auditions for either play, please complete the form here.

Other voluntary roles are available - please see our Jobs page.

If you have specific questions or queries, please contact us via our Contact Form.