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.

Role 1:

MARC: Male
Playing age: 28-35 (he is early to late 30s but looks younger)
Ethnicity: any
Accent: Essex or standard English

Marc is an artist. He has only been out of the closet for about six months.

Role 2:

ADAM: Male
Playing age: 30-35
Ethnicity: any
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.

Casting date:

Wednesday 24 October, Central London Location.

Performance dates (3 days in total):

18, 19 November 2018: Theatre503, London
23 November 2018: Lakeside Theatre, Colchester

Rehearsal dates:

1 November
7 November
16 November

Location: London

(these are subject to confirmation)

Application deadline:

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
Experience multi-rolling
Knowledge of the Meisner technique

The Play

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.

Creative/Production Team:

Richard Chilver, playwright

Richard Chilver is Playwright in Residence at the Lakeside Theatre in Essex and co-founded Frequency Theatre, an audio theatre company which creates short plays from writers across the world. Rich is no stranger to work that has strong social impact. His 2016 short play ‘Surprise’ depicted controlling and coercive behaviour between an elderly couple and was staged along with 2 others in a live performance that resulted in two perpetrators coming forward and asking for help. Surprise can currently be viewed online via the Essex Police Facebook page.

Alex Vendittelli, director

Alex is an actor, acting coach, director, producer and writer as well as development director of the salon:collective. As an acting coach he trains actors in the Meisner technique, Shakespeare and Classical Text work. He has also worked at Regent’s University, GFCA, ISSA and City Academy. Alex is passionate about new writing and developing work that is both entertaining and socially relevant. In 2017 he co-launched the Open Door for Writers Programme to encourage collaboration and support for new writers.

Dominic Kelly, dramaturg

As a creative consultant, Dominic advises writers, actors, and producers on script development, devising, and casting. He has assisted and worked with top Meisner coaches, Tom Radcliffe (Actors Temple) and Martin Barter (Sanford Mesiner Centre, LA) and has been mentored by Elen Bowman (former mentor to National Theatre director Kate Mitchell), David Harrower (leading Scottish playwright) & Andrew Visnevski (Head of MA, RADA). He holds a 1st class Hons. degree in Drama from Royal Holloway University

Matthew Todd, script consultant

Matthew is a multi award winning writer and sometime performer. He is the author of “Straight Jacket – Overcoming Society’s Legacy of Gay Shame” and the play Blowing Whistles which has been performed in London, Australia and the United States. He was the editor of the UK gay magazine Attitude between 2008 and 2016 for which he won three BSME awards. In June 2016, for his last issue as editor, Prince William sat for the cover of Attitude, the first time a member of the Royal Family had appeared in a gay magazine.

the salon:collective, producer
The salon:collective is a community of multi-disciplinary artists based in London. It trains actors, develops writers and collaborates on events and productions. The Salon believes theatre exists to broaden minds and sharpen perceptions by giving lesser heard voices space on stage. In this vein, productions thus far have explored topics like domestic abuse, cross-cultural conflict, racial and gender prejudice.

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