Casting Call – HOLD
We are casting for a rehearsed reading of a solo work exploring coercive and controlling behaviour within a male gay relationship.
Hold will invite post-show audience feedback to assist in further development.
The actor will need to play the roles of BOTH MARC and ADAM. Clear characterisation choices will be needed to credibly play both parts.
Playing age: 28-35 (he is early to late 30s but looks younger)
Accent: Essex or standard English
Marc is an artist. He has only been out of the closet for about six months.
Playing age: 30-35
Accent: London/South London/Cockney
Adam is a drug dealer, someone who in the past had a varied amount of skilled and unskilled work but mainly as a labourer.
Wednesday 24 October, Central London Location.
Performance dates (3 days in total):
18, 19 November 2018: Theatre503, London
23 November 2018: Lakeside Theatre, Colchester
(these are subject to confirmation)
Monday 15 October 10.00 a.m.
£600. The fee is based on 6 contact days at £100/day comprising 3 performance day and 3 development days, subject to confirmation. A return ticket from London to Colchester, or equivalent, will also be paid.
The following skills/experience are desirable but not essential:
Experience performing a solo piece of theatre
Knowledge of the Meisner technique
HOLD is a solo piece about controlling and coercive behaviour in a gay male relationship. Told through the lens of Marc, the victim of the abuse, and his boyfriend Adam, HOLD shows us the mounting anxiety, paranoia and dependency as the relationship progresses. We see both partners, played by the same actor, lose control over their lives.
“49% of all gay and bi men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16”
Hold aims to explore why.
Hold is being developed with support from Arts Council England.