Falling Birds is a play about memory. Love. Life. Death. It is the story of Kit, as he confides it to the Moon. The play is episodic and poetic; a lifetime told only through snapshots of a person’s dearest memories. It has no set location, and no set time. It is heart-warming and heart-breaking; a story filled with starlight, sunflowers, and sadness. It reminds us to appreciate those we take for granted. We never know when they may be gone.
Please be aware Falling Birds contains strong language, and mild references to and/or themes of self-harm, mental health, death, suicide and alcohol abuse.
We are looking for a cast of six actors to fill our roles. The gender breakdown is as follows:
KIT – male identifying
SHE – female identifying
DELILAH — female identifying
MIRANDA – female identifying
YOUNG KIT – gender neutral*
FLORRIE — female identifying
*the role of Young Kit will be cast gender neutral, but played as male
Character biographies and extracts can be found here:
Sign up for an audition slot below:
(Room locations TBC)
Wednesday 9th of January — From 13:00 — 19:00
Thursday 10th of January — From 16:30 — 20:00
Friday 11th of January — From 13:00 — 18:00
If you have issues with accessing the doodle or audition extracts please do drop a message to our producers, Paolo Nizam or Sam Easton, or send an email to [email protected]
SOME TIPS FOR YOUR AUDITION:
Silences, paragraphing and punctuation are essential to this script. The text sways constantly between long, lyrical speech and quick, contemporary dialogue, so being aware of the register and the various meanings of each sentence are vital to understanding these characters. Play around with meaning and inflection, and use silence to your advantage.
Make sure you arrive with enough time beforehand to ready yourself mentally. We understand auditions can be nerve-wracking and will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable in the audition space, but audition slots are short and we want to see as much of you as possible in that time! Just wait outside the room and we will come and get you when it’s time.
This is the first time these characters will ever be played, so there is no right or wrong way to approach them. We are looking to see how you, personally, may breathe life into them. Take your time and consider how you might connect with each character, and just have fun with it.
In extracts where another character is present, give us YOUR interpretation of the interaction. A member of our team will read in, and it is up to YOU to direct us where you will. We will then have a nice chat about the extract and why you chose your character, and then either redirect or give you another extract to read through. It’s an opportunity: 1) for you to talk through your connections with your chosen character, which is very important to a play so strongly rooted in human connection, and 2) for us to potentially see you tackle more than one character, as they are all so unique and evocative in their own ways.
Owing to the possibility we may ask you to read for more than one character, please be sure to look over all extracts. It is not necessary to memorise your chosen extract, but please be familiar with it so we can make the most of our time together.
We look forward to seeing your take on these never-before-seen characters!