Take part in a Renaissance spectacle in the heart of Durham


skeleton-suit-1637Could you dance with death, operate a dragon, or be lauded like a Boy Bishop? The Sacred and the Profane will be a massive show which will be be staged on Durham’s Palace Green in July 2016. This will recreate a Renaissance spectacle in the heart of the city. Records of Early English Drama will be holding open auditions for anyone from the County Durham area on 11th-12th June.

Do you live in County Durham?

Participate as actor, singer, dancer, or special character. Help us make costumes and props.

We are now casting for The Sacred and the Profane, a massive show which will be be staged on Palace Green in July 2016. It will be directed by a professional choreographer and feature:

  • a Dance of Death and Renaissance dances
  • a procession of Durham’s medieval Boy Bishops with child monks
  • a stage dragon and figures from Durham’s popular tradition

Do you have the X Factor?

Come to the public auditions on 11-12 June 2015

We are looking for boys and girls with good singing voices, for these roles:

  • Boy Bishop (can also be played by a girl)
  • children to play monks, banner carriers, torch bearers and other members of the boy bishops’ retinue

We are looking for people of all ages to take these roles:

  • dancers
  • singers
  • actors with a good, loud voice
  • instrumentalists to perform as minstrels
  • character parts: people who look authentic in a medieval or Renaissance costume

We are also looking for volunteers:

  • people who are willing to build and/or operate a stage dragon
  • people who are interested in costume-making
  • people who are interested in prop-building
  • people who help us organize the spectacle

Audition date and venue

St Oswald’s Parish Hall. Opposite St Oswald’s, Church Street, Durham DH1 3DQ.

  • Thursday 11 June 2015, 3-6.30pm
  • Friday 12 June 2015, 2-4pm

Town Hall. Market Square, Durham.

  • Friday 12 June 2015, 5-8pm

How it works:

  1. At the venue, you will get a short form which asks you about your details. You can download this form here and complete it in advance.
  2. You will have up to 5 minutes to present yourself to a jury: the choreographer, a music and drama specialist, and the festival director. The jury will be friendly and supportive.
  3. You can sing, dance, recite a piece of your choice, or showcase any other talent you might have.
  4. If you are more interested in a character role, we will simply assess your looks and presence.
  5. If you are interested in costume-making, or working in other areas of the festival preparation, tell us what you can do or want to do.
  6. We will contact you by the end of June to tell you about the outcome.

Any questions? Do get in touch and email us.

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