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Job Opportunities

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.

Hamlet Casting

Official Casting is now closed.

We are keen to broaden our pool of performers to reflect wider society, and are therefore interested in seeing people from a diversity of ethnicities, and those who may be disabled while being able to fulfill the casting criteria. In addition, we will be integrating a collaborative audio-description into the performance for the first time in our history.

Fee: estimated £6000 (£2000 for five weeks rehearsal/tech, £500 pw for an estimated 8 weeks touring, inclusive of expenses, depending on tour-booking - paid in £1000 segments, one week in arrears)

Conditions:

While touring, accommodation and travel provided for by Icarus, sharing in twin rooms with other members of the team, on rotation. All cast will be expected to understudy other characters.

Two members of the cast will have workshop leading experience and will be running workshops. Other cast members will assist in rotation. Training will be provided.

This tour will be challenging. Though there are two dedicated Stage Managers touring with the production, it is expected that all cast members will help with part of the get-in and get-out at each venue. This is part of our company ethos and ensemble practice.

Must be able to drive LWB transit van.

Desirable qualities for all cast:

Must have solid Shakespeare experience.
Flexibility of technique
Stanislavski training
Good physical theatre
Advanced stage combat experience, especially with rapier and dagger

Summary

This project will be highly physical using strong elements of ensemble, chorus, and above all a good sense of complicité, built on a strong foundation of traditional Stanislavski techniques. Our emphasis will be on storytelling above all else.

All cast will be expected to be part of the ensemble, a moving, organic mob of characters that takes lines from other characters, interacts with Hamlet in a very expressionistic way, and generally frame/intensify the action of the play.

We will make a bold, muscular, and ambitious production - Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation!

Production dates:
31st Oct: read-through and orientation
7th - 18th Nov 2016: Free but required two-week training course in Rapier & Dagger, learning the fights and getting tested for certification at the end.
12th - 15th Nov 2016: Trailer Filming
Four weeks Rehearsals from end Nov 2016 - 7th Jan 2017 in London
Tech week from 9th Jan 2017 in Portsmouth
Touring 16th Jan - 5th April
Potential extension to London and/or Italy over the summer 2017, TBC prior to contract start

Casting location: London, United Kingdom

Casting Dates:
1st Round: Mid July
2nd Round: End July
3rd Round (if necessary): August/September

Hamlet (Male): Male, 20s or 30s, strong presence, violently depressive personality, highly skilled at rapier and dagger. Willing to give up most of the famous speeches. Knowledge of and empathy for mental illness desirable, particularly depression.

Horatio (Female): Female, 20s or 30s, unrequited love for Hamlet. Strong presence, powerful voice. Some rapier and dagger experience. Strong Leader.

Ophelia (Female): Female, 20s, deep character, strong but already on the edge of sanity at the start of the play. Not a typical, waify, Shakespearean heroine. Some rapier and dagger experience.

Rosencrantz (Female): Female, 20s or 30s, non-caucasian, thin, solid, inventive, intelligent part of the duo.

Guildenstern (Male or female): Male or female, 20s or 30s, bumbling, comedic half of the duo. Player Queen played absolutely seriously, not comic.

Polonius/Ghost (Male): Male, 50s or older, statesman and advisor to the king, Ophelia's father. Possibly just past his prime. Ghost has strong presence.

Laertes (Male): Male, 20s or 30s, advanced stage combat certificate in rapier and dagger. Honour through violence and trickery.

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.
At the moment we have a full complement of interns, but new vacancies will be available in the autumn 2016.

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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