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Though we tend to prefer groups of artists we have worked with before, we strive to create a rolling pool of theatre professionals, working with groups of them at a time on each project.
Below is a list of areas we are specifically recruiting.

Macbeth Casting


Casting Breakdown – Macbeth UK & Ireland Tour


Icarus Theatre Collective present a fresh and exciting new production of Shakespeare’s most bloody and fear-filled tragedy – Macbeth – touring nationally from January – April 2018.

50/50 male female, as is now our policy with Shakespeare plays. Out of nine roles, three male parts have been cast with previous actors. Thus we are looking for mainly female broadsword users, preferably from BAME backgrounds to be truly representative of society today.

This tour of Shakespeare's masterpiece will be hard, irreverent, and challenging. We will tear apart the text and use it as we see fit. Cast will be required to help up to an hour per get-in and get-out, often to perform at two or three theatres in the same week.

There will be two SMs on tour, in addition to the two Actor/ASMs listed below, and the four of them will handle the more labourious parts of the get-ins and get-outs.

This project will be highly physical using:
• A strong element of ensemble
• A good sense of complicité
• Traditional Stanislavski techniques.

The emphasis of this production will be on storytelling above all else.

You will need to drive.

We run open-book accounting on the production so all artists can see exactly where the money for the show is being spent.

We participate in Chatham House Rules (i.e., confidentiality and openness) about mental health issues. We look to be supporting of all artists, as all our work concerns mental health in some way.

We aim to prove that awareness of mental health – just as physical health – can create conditions that are more likely to have our artists healthy, and thus create a more robust production.

Auditions

First round late September and first week October 2017. Recalls throughout October 2017.

You will be asked to perform two short, contrasting Shakespearean speeches during the first round of auditions.


General Cast Qualities

As a cast member of Icarus’ Macbeth we hope you to have the following:
• Flexibility of technique
• Stanislavski training
• Good physical theatre
• Advanced stage combat experience (especially with broadsword)

All actors will be playing attendants, lords, servants, etc.

Fee:
Equivalent to £400 per week rehearsals, £500 per week touring, plus all travel and accommodation outside London provided
£4400 assuming four weeks touring (exact number TBC).
This includes:
£2400 for six weeks rehearsals in December and January (break around the holidays), one day orientation/read-through in November, and two days filming for a trailer in November/December
£1600 for four weeks of touring between end January – end March (some by split-week).
£400 for post-mortem meeting on one day at the end of the tour (mainly for accounting purposes).
Additional weeks booked will be paid at £500 per week.

There will likely be an optional second leg of this tour in Autumn 2018, for additional fee. Any artists who completes both will also receive a bonus and profit sharing.


Performance schedule

Four weeks between 28th Jan and 15th March 2018. We intend to continue filling the tour schedule up, booking a more solid tour, and increasing the fee proportionally as we do so.

Casting Breakdown

2. Lady Macbeth/Various Soldiers/Rosse/Witch/3rd Murderer/Various Soldiers: Female. Teens/early 20s. Moderate Broadsword ability required.
Lady Macbeth: Young girl presumably mad, but really claustrophobic from constant struggle to break-through in a patriarchal society, marrying far too young, and having her father killed by Duncan. Claustrophobia giving way to true madness as the play progresses / Rosse: Honourably obsequious Nobleman and brilliant warrior / Witch: Spooky, menace / 3rd Murderer: raven-like, violent assassin.

3. Duncan / Siward / possibly Lenox / possibly Doctor: Either Gender. If male, big, bear-like man. If female, strong presence. Moderate Broadsword ability is required.
Duncan: Noble and righteous king / Siward: War-hardened soldier, whose one weakness is his/her children / Lenox: insignificant, trying-too-hard Nobleman / Doctor: aging knowledgeable doctor

4. Malcolm/Lady Macduff/Witch/2nd Murderer: Female. Moderate Broadsword ability.
Malcolm: noble prince, not quite ready to be king / Lady Macduff: an elegant mother, firm in her faith in her husband and her distrust of men / Witch: Vulture-like, spooky, menacing / 2nd Murderer: raven-like, greedy assassin

6. Macduff/Fleance: Female, 30s-40s with ability to play much younger, whilst having a staggering presence with ability to retreat into insignificance. Also needs to be highly skilled with a Broadsword.
Macduff: The strong, honourable, powerful Noblewoman / Fleance: weak, fast son of Banquo

8. Actor ASM/Gentleman/Various Soldiers and Thanes/possibly Young Siward/4th Murderer/Angus/Understudy Swing/: female. Some Broadsword ability required.
Gentlewoman: an obsequious nurse, terrified of overstepping her position / Young Siward: fully armoured son of Siward / 4th Murderer: raven-like, greedy assassin / Angus: foppish, naïve Noblewoman

Required for longer parts ofg the get-in and get-out.

9. Actor ASM/possibly Lenox/Various Soldiers and Thanes/5th Murderer/possibly Young Siward/Understudy Swing: male. Some Broadsword ability required.
Lenox: insignificant, trying-too-hard Nobleman / 5th Murderer: raven-like, greedy assassin / Young Siward: fully armoured son of Siward

Required for longer parts ofg the get-in and get-out.

To apply, please specify which role you are applying for and send a spotlight link to contact. Please do not attach headshots.

Placements/Internships


We are always looking for young professionals or university students to join our team, working with us for a term or more. You can learn about the production process, administration of a young company, and be an active part of a team that brings a play from conception to actualisation.

There are current vacancies for autumn 2017.

For more information about internships, please click here.

Other Positions


We're not currently hiring at Icarus at the moment, but please check back here for any news of upcoming vacancies.

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