Theatre project – Art isn’t Sexy

Nathan Dean is working on a theatre project and is looking for actors to take part. The piece will be performed at the Drill Hall on 17 July. Auditions are on 1 July at the Drill Hall. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch with Nathan – nathantdeanwriter@gmail.com or call him on 07982803180.

Here is a brief overview of the project:

Characters [multirole]:
1. The Filmmaker (1)
2. The Filmmaker’s Wife (1)
3. The Writer (2)
4. Guests of Gallery/Party (2) (6)
5. The Musician (3)
6. Producer of Musician (3)
7. The Dramatist (4)
8. Cast of Horror Play (4)
9. The Dancer (5)
10. The Artist (6)
11. Gallery Owner (6)
12. The Freak (7)
13. Middle-Class Individual (7)
14. + others (see full script)
Cast of approx. 6
General Structure:
1 – Prologue, Film, 30secs to 2 mins – The Filmmaker discusses with his Wife how he prefers having settled down, but that he had many creative friends back in the day. She asks who they were. He tells her through the medium of the play:
2 – The Writer, 10mins approx. – A self-published author is trying to find his place at a gathering of other artists. Slowly but surely it becomes apparent all forms of art are important in a community, both profit and non-profit, and the author hands his book to a girl
3 – The Musician, 10 mins approx. – A musician sets up on stage and performs a piece of his own (a full song, a song number in the drama). When he finishes, he looks to the back of the room to ask his producer what he thought. The Producer says it wasn’t commercial enough, it needs to be more poppy. Producer leaves. Musician strums, considers, exits stage
4 – The Dramatist, 10 mins approx. – A theatre dramaturge is urging people to come help create and manage his Horror Spectacle based on 80s horror. He is not of the community, so some look down on him for making such an obvious attempt at fear. After a humorous moment showing what he’d like to make (i.e. green skinned goblins on stage etc), it is apparent what is important is the creation of something and not some artistic political matter.
5 – The Dancer, 10 mins approx. – A dancer puts on a performance, trying to show the struggle between the two sides of the artist. One part narcissist to one part crippling self-doubt.
6 – The Artist, 10 mins approx. – A new painter is trying to find space to exhibit his work, eventually finding some backstreet gallery where it can be presented. No one comes to see the pictures bar some very few, but the few who do come are moved or at least have an opinion. He learns that touching one soul is as important as thousands.
7 – The Freak, 10 mins approx. – A modern beatnik walks the streets of his city selling art for anything people can offer of sentimental value. He comes across a middle-class individual who can’t quite grasp this kind of art.
8 – Epilogue, Film, 2-10 mins approx. – The Filmmaker, through his memories of his creative past, leaves bed to get ‘a glass of water’, but his reminiscences get the best of him, and he begins scripting his next feature length.

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