Auditions take place next week for the next Princes Acting Centre (PAC) production, being put together over the summer holidays.
The Fall, written by Olivier Award nominee James Fritz, was commissioned by the National Youth Theatre to mark its 60th anniversary and takes a funny yet moving look at young people’s relationship with ageing.
Ten characters are being cast for the play, and the places are open to those aged 14-21 regardless of acting experience. The audition is workshop-based, so no preparation is required.
Rehearsals are scheduled in around the cast’s existing summer holiday commitments, and take the form of intensive days of rehearsal rather than regular evenings.
It is free to take part in the show.
Auditions take place on Monday, July 16, from 6-9pm at the Princes Theatre, and the show will be performed on 2-6 September.
Melissa Wenn, PAC director, said the play was chosen for its relevance to the area.
“We have above the national average of older people in Tendring, and this play was written to make young people aware of what life is like for older people,” she said.
“No-one acts ‘old’ in the play, no frailty or walking sticks, they are perceived as young because mentally they are still the same.
“The summer production is a great opportunity for young actors to get some real experience, and with intensive rehearsals organised around the cast there are no barriers to taking part.
“If you are keen and enthusiastic then come down and see what it is all about.”
The PAC, based at the Tendring District Council-run Princes Theatre, Clacton, provides training for young actors who are serious about performing.