Wanted: Korean actors for upcoming projects

Hanyong Theatre Company
Hanyong Theatre Company enjoy some down-time while working on The Bridge

Two actors wanted for upcoming projects. Details below.

1. NOBODY

by Evan Placey and Ko Sun Duck

Mature Korean actor (native speaker) required for
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Producer: National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), Hanyong Theatre (Birmingham) and Judy Owen Ltd
Director: Peter Wynne-Willson
Designer: Shin Dong
Workshop dates: Mon 27 June – Fri 1 July & Mon 4 – Tue 5 July 2016
Location: Birmingham
Casting details: Tue 17 May, Wed 18 May or 24 May (tbc)

An excellent opportunity for an experienced, professional native speaking Korean male actor to work collaboratively with 4 – 5 other British and Korean actors, as well as a British director and Korean designer to explore a new bi-lingual play inspired by teenagers in both countries.

Hanyong and the National Theatre Company of Korea will be hosting a one-week workshop development in Birmingham to explore extracts of a first draft script by Writers Guild award-winning Evan Placey (Girls Like That, Consensual, Pronoun) and leading writer in Korea Ko Sun Duck. The purpose of the workshop is to assist the director and writer to explore the bi-lingual script.

The focus would be on understanding the separate but intertwined stories of two teenage protagonists William and Ji-young, each of whom is from a different culture but both of whom share a wish to disappear, difficulties with their families and the pressures of urban life. The themes in common to their stories include suicide, what you want to say but can’t, and the blurring of fantasy and reality. The style has become poetic and rich in images in order to convey the anger of a young person living in a world that feels like it is falling apart. The creative team is keen to see how the work on creating changes of rhythm in the script can be employed to create different atmospheres and moments of dramatic tension.

A scratch performance of selected short extracts of the play will be presented to an audience of international directors, producers and industry professionals as well as young people who have contributed to the process at the “Work in Progress” section of the international festival of theatre for young audiences On the Edge on Tuesday 5 July in Birmingham. Monday 4th July will be a day of preparation for this presentation.

We are especially keen to find a male Korean actor who has some experience of devising and making new work, who enjoys working collaboratively and is able to play multiple roles, as aside from the main role of the father of Ji-Young (in his forties) the actor may be required to play other younger roles or potentially the role of the grandmother.

Casting breakdown:

Male, Korean, single father of a 15 year old girl, separated from his wife.
Playing age: 40 – 45 in the present but with ability to play much younger for flashback scenes.
Ethnicity: Korean native speaker essential as the script for this role is in Korean.

Contract and fees
The actor will be required to attend all the dates.
Project Fee: £630 (for the seven days)

Subsistence: If the actor is from outside the West Midlands accommodation will be provided, two return rail tickets provided and a per diem of £23 paid for each night away from home.

Suggestions by Spotlight link or e-mail as soon as possible to: judyowenltd@googlemail.com

or by post to :

Judy Owen Ltd
3 Melton Road
Birmingham B14 7DA

2. KOREA

by David Lane

Mature English-speaking Korean actor (or actor who can play Korean) required for
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Producer: Judy Owen Ltd
Director: Sita Calvert-Ennals
Workshop dates: 13 – 24 June 2016
Location: Bath Spa University (1 week in city centre, 1 on campus)
Casting details: Tue 17 May, Wed 18 May or 24 May (tbc)

An excellent opportunity for experienced professional English-speaking Korean male actor (or actor who can play Korean) to work collaboratively a female actor and with two exciting young British artists; writer David Lane and director Sita Calvert-Ennals, to workshop the early draft of a new play Korea (working title) which examines the true story of Korea’s divided family member reunions.

Bath Spa University will be hosting a two-week workshop development which has been funded by Arts Council England following a successful research trip to Seoul, when the lead artists were able to carry out a series of interviews and meetings to deepen their understanding of the reunions and the impact on family members. The purpose of the workshop is to assist writer David Lane and director Sita Calvert-Ennals to explore ideas for staging the work, assist the dramaturgical development of the play, and investigate the characters and content of the play through some devising work around extracts of a first draft script. The artists are also keen to experiment with sound and music during the workshop and a sound designer and composer will join for some sessions. The process is collaborative, and seeks to develop a production which will use a range of theatrical languages to tell a compelling story which is extremely pertinent to our times.

This will be a story of how a separated father and daughter have contained the relentless attrition of international politics in their human story: a paradoxical tale about the political powers that both separate and bring them together.

We are looking for an experienced professional English-speaking Korean actor (or actor who can play Korean) who has experience of devising and making new work, enjoys working collaboratively with a creative team and is inspired to contribute to the dramaturgical development of a play.

Casting breakdown:

Male, North Korean, father of a 55 year old South Korean woman, from whom he has been separated.
Playing age: 75 in the present but with ability to play younger for flashback scenes.
Ethnicity: Able to play Korean (Korean native speaker an advantage)

Contract and fees
Performers will be required to be available for all dates
The workshop will take place in Bath, although we may have a sharing in either London or Bristol at the end of the fortnight.
Fees: £440 a week

Subsistence:
Either:
Accommodation for 4 nights each week in Bath (Mon – Thurs) with access to cooking facilities. Plus reimbursal of two standard class return rail fares London – Bath. No per diems but the actors will be able to cook.
or
A total travel and subsistence payment of £500 (£250 each week) to include all travel, accommodation and meals.

Suggestions by Spotlight link or e-mail as soon as possible to: judyowenltd@googlemail.com

or by post to :

Judy Owen Ltd
3 Melton Road
Birmingham B14 7DA

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