Production Title: AS YOU LIKE IT: The Lost Gentleman
Audition Dates: 13th (from 5pm) & 14th October
Callback Dates: 21st October (TBC with actors)
Audition Location:The Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Road, Oval, London, SW8 1LA - The Rectory Room, First Floor.
Shooting Locations: Greater London
Shooting Date: End of November (TBC with actors)
Production Company: TRENCH Films
Company Website: www.trenchfilms.com
Director: Charlie MacRae-Tod
Compensation: Small stipend + Travel & Expenses
Deadline for applications: 12th October at 10pm
Production type: Short film (proof of concept piece for full Feature)
Length: 10 mins
This film is an adaptation of an excerpt from Act 3, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s As You Like It: Would-be lovers Rosalind and Orlando send sparks flying as they are reacquainted in the ecstatic throng of a woodland rave at the Arden Forest Festival. Time stops and Orlando is lured into the shadows by a disguised Rosalind. Through his drug induced haze, Orlando is trying to make sense of the queer, seductive and strangely familiar figure which appears before him like something from a dream. Rosalind/Ganymede (like we’ve never seen him/her/them before) uses magic, narcotics and role play to teach Orlando the visceral differences between romantic love and sexual desire.
Character: ROSALIND [Lead] - No gender preference
Playing age: 18-30
Rosalind/Ganymede has magical pixie-like qualities. They are a kind of fairy-guardian to the forest festival. They revel in carnal experience and enjoy using every weapon of seductiveness at their disposal to make theatre out of Orlando’s traditional ideals of romance. They are eminently capable (physically and intellectually) and all the while inquisitive as to their own transmutation throughout the film. A duality exists at the heart of their character as they observe themselves performing various roles within the hedonistic and boundless Arden Forest Festival ground.
NOTE: This role may require actors to simulate sex as part of the scene. If you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to email us or ask in person during your audition.
We strongly encourage trans and GNC actors to audition for this role. If you know any budding actors who you think might be right for this part please help us spread the word by sharing the casting notice online:
PLEASE EMAIL with “Rosalind” in the subject heading to apply for your audition slot with any recent headshots/photos/CVs/Spotlight profiles/showreels. Please also let us know if you have any experience in: Physical theatre, dance, gymnastics, stunts, stage combat or parkour.
If there is a particular time or particular day that is more suitable for you, please let us know via email and we will do our best to accommodate. We will then be in touch to confirm an audition time and your audition piece if you are shortlisted. Please don’t just turn up on the day!
If you are unable to make the audition date for any reason, please let us know in advance and send a self tape (max 2 mins) of Rosalind's Epilogue: via Wetransfer/Google Drive to with “TAPE - Rosalind” as the subject for your email. The deadline for self tape submissions is 9pm on 16th October.
We look forward to hearing from you!