Oxford Theatre Guild auditions for Chariots of Fire

expires on 2 November 2018 - 12:36am (1 week 5 days)

Oxford Theatre Guild is holding open auditions for Chariots of Fire, adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett, to be performed at Oxford Playhouse and directed by Simon Tavener. The open auditions will be held on 24th, 27th, and 29th October, with recalls on 4th November. Performances are 12th-16th March 2019.

Chariots of Fire is one of the great modern British films. It tells the story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell an their quest for success at the 1924 Paris Olympics. It is story of faith, commitment, overcoming prejudice and about exceeding expectations in the face of personal and professional challenges. It is inspiring and moving in equal measure.

Our production will transform the Oxford Playhouse into an athletics arena and will challenge us to tell this incredible story by way of acting, movement, music and real races round the theatre. We will be using choreography and physical theatre techniques to help recreate the athletic moments as well as actually asking cast members to run as a fast as possible around the auditorium! We will be using a revolve on stage to help with creating these effects as well as building special ramps to connect the stage and auditorium. There will also be on-stage seating for the audience so that they surround the action just like they would in a sports arena.

There are more than 60 speaking roles and over 70 ensemble characters who help bring the story to life through movement, song and much more. We will have a cast of at least 25 made up of the principal characters and ensemble. The aim is to have as balanced a cast as possible in terms of male and female actors. This will involve some cast members playing their own gender and some playing the opposite. This will be done with sensitivity to the text.

For full details of this exciting production please see our website.