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Performing Opportunities

Alphabetti has helped launch the careers of some of the North East's best performers. We love discovering and nurturing new talent in our region. A lot of our casting calls are available on Spotlight to all users and, where possible, we will announce open calls on this page or our social media. We also host the Response Programme and you can find details for that below.

Alphabetti Theatre and The Esmee Fairburn Foundation

Response Programme


Our response programme has been offering early career actors the chance to perform exciting original short plays since 2019. 


Who's it for?  

Emerging and early career actors aged 18 and over. We are especially interested to hear from people who identify as LGBTQ+, consider themselves part of the global majority, have experienced racism, are deaf, disabled or neurodiverse, or who are from working class backgrounds.


Is it paid?

Yes! Each actor will receive a fee of £660 (as of January 2024)


How does it work?

1.       We are recruiting emerging actors to perform in productions of new 15-minute plays, matching them with emerging directors from the North East region.

2.       Each play will respond to one of the main productions in our programme, or one of our Cult Cinema Club films, and will have been selected from submissions to our Response Writing competition. (Find out more about the competition here

3.       Actors will be given the winning script on day 1 of rehearsals. They will then have a week to stage the play, working with their director in our rehearsal space.

4.       Support will be provided by a mentor (Martin Hylton, Louie Ingham, Paula Penman or Ben Dickenson) to help the director and actors get the show ready for a professional off-book performance.

5.       The play will be performed immediately either after the main production for 3 nights (usually Tuesday to Thursday) during the last week of its run or on specific dates as part of the Cult Cinema Club response and reaction programme. Full dates listed below.


How do I get involved?

We will be auditioning both actors and directors on Thursday 27th June in 3 slots – 2.30pm to 3.45pm, 4pm to 5.15pm and 5.30pm to 6.45pm. This will involve a 90minute workshop with our mentors and potential response production directors. Please email to express your interest, stating whether which slot is better for you on that date.


Please tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity, a little about your background, and include a short description of your experience to date – we’re not looking for you to have lots of credits, we just want to know a bit about you.

Please note, this is a fresh round of open auditions so do contact us again if you have been in touch about previous response opportunities. However, we will prioritise actors we have not seen before when scheduling these auditions.

When is it?  

Please tell us which of these you are available for when you get in touch to express your interest in the open audition.


  •    In Response to: Alphabetti’s Cult Cinema Club: Sharknado

Deadline: you will need to be available for up to 35 hours of rehearsal time, and a 3 hour tech, between 13th and 30th July, and for performances on evenings of 31stJuly – 2nd August 2024


  •  In response to The Nurse’s Station by Ruth Lyon & Ali Pritchard

Deadline: You will need to be available 10am to 6pm each day from Monday 16th to Friday 20th September, for at least 3 hours for tech on Monday 23rd, and from 6pm to 10pm on 24th – 26th September 2024


  • In response to My Name is Rachel Corrie, Constructed from the writings of Rachel Corrie and edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner

Deadline: You will need to be available 10am to 6pm each day from Monday 14th to Friday 18th October, for at least 3 hours for tech on Monday 21st, and from 6pm to 10pm on 22nd – 24th October 2024


  •  In response to Fixing by Matt Miller & Peader Kirk

Deadline: You will need to be available 10am to 6pm each day from Monday 11th to Friday 15th November, for at least 3 hours for tech on Monday 25th, and from 6pm to 10pm on 19th – 21st November 2024

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