Calling all amateur performers!

Published on 20th June 2018

VAD hospital staff and patients for world war one.

Auditions for ‘On the mend’ Wednesday 11 July. Applications close Wednesday 27 June

As part of the ‘Cheltenham Remembers’ programme, the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is throwing open its doors for budding performers and singers to form a community cast.

The community cast will perform alongside professional actors in ‘On the Mend’, a new play, written and directed by Bryn Holding. The play will be staged across Cheltenham from 23 to 27 October 2018.

‘On the Mend’ is a musical, romantic play about the nurses and patients who spent time in Cheltenham’s Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospitals during the First World War. The play will be staged over five nights at, or close to, sites of the original VAD hospitals to create a truly authentic experience.

Councillor Flo Clucas member for healthy lifestyles said: “In the most difficult circumstances, Cheltenham’s volunteer nurses saved thousands of lives. The VAD hospitals were a key part of everyday life in Cheltenham for the war years and it is fitting that we remember the huge contribution they made.

“Now, the Everyman is putting our VAD nurses at the centre of a production. It would be wonderful to see our community wanting to take part and telling the VAD story. It is a great opportunity and I look forward to seeing young actors, singers and performers performing the VAD story.”

Caro Day the producer of the play said: “We are looking for a community cast of nine members. Participants must be aged 16 and over. To be considered for the production we ask participants to attend a short group audition on the evening of Wednesday 11 July in the Everyman Studio Theatre.”

During the audition, applicants will work with Bryn Holding, the show’s musical director Tamsin Kennard and the Everyman’s creative director Paul Milton.

For more information and the dates required please visit the Everyman Theatre website

If you would like to attend a group audition please fill out the application form, available from the Everyman website and email it to Caro Day at Alternatively, the application form and applicant photo can be taken to the Everyman Theatre Stage Door FAO Caro Day or posted to Caro Day, Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ.

All application forms must be received by Wednesday 27 June.

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