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NEWS: Seeking 12 young actors for The Trials

25 January 2024

Nottingham Playhouse and Mansfield Palace Theatre have issued an exciting call-out for 12 young actors to join them in this summer’s production of Dawn King’s The Trials, in partnership with the Donmar Warehouse.

 In a future when the air has become unbreathable, three adult defendants fight to clear their names. Called to account as the generation responsible for the environmental crisis that’s unfolding, they are being judged by a Jury of 12 teenagers – those paying the price for the actions of their elders. With their own futures hanging in the balance, are they seeking justice – or revenge?

The 12 young actors will form a Young Community Cast playing the Jury alongside 3 professional adult actors. No previous acting experience is needed, just energy, enthusiasm and commitment. Applicants must be aged between 12 and 22 years old as of 9 March 2024 and be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Casting workshops are being held on Saturday 9 March (Mansfield Palace Theatre) and Saturday 23 March (Nottingham Playhouse). Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If Casting Workshop slots become full before the closing date, a waiting list will be set up. The closing date to apply is Monday 26 February 2024 at 5pm. Full details and the application form are available on the Jobs and Opportunities page.

This powerful Dawn King play is co-directed by Omar Khan and Hannah Stone and designed by Maria Terry. Hannah Stone commented:

I’m really excited to assemble a brilliant diverse cast of young people to take on this powerful and important play and support them to perform their socks off on the main stages at Nottingham Playhouse and Mansfield Palace.”

Omar Khan said:

I’m so looking forward to handing over the main stage to some local young people, so we can share this brilliant and important story about climate change.”

Adam Penford, Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse, said:

“The Trials is a powerful play and one that speaks directly to young people. Directed by two exciting local theatre directors, and joining forces with our colleagues at Mansfield Palace, the production is sure to be a cultural highlight of the summer. There is so much talent in our region and we can’t wait to discover our young cast.”

Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth at Mansfield District Council, Councillor Stuart Richardson, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our district’s young people to make their mark in the world of arts and theatre. Embarking on this journey with Nottingham Playhouse is a great chance for partnership work, but it also demonstrates our commitment to uplifting the voices of young people in Mansfield. We hope this production will empower local young people and give them a fantastic opportunity to shine in the spotlight.”


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