Fairhaven Outdoor Commission: Singing Puppeteer Required

Singing Puppeteer required for Frolicked’s new show, ‘Conference of the Birds’.

Frolicked is auditioning for two roles for the creation and performances of our new outdoor show, ‘Conference of the Birds’:

“Based on the Sufi poem of the same name, a flock of four magnificent birds embark on a visual and musical journey; singing their way to find a path through their differences and towards each other… and they invite YOU to join them!”

Conference of the Birds is a brand new, visually striking performance piece based on the 12th Century Sufi poem of the same name by Farid ud-Din Attar. The poem follows the perilous journey of all of the birds of the world to find out who is the true master of their fate. Four majestic, puppet-based birds will roam the landscape in order to find themselves and each other, eventually coming together as a flock to overcome adversity – all whilst singing in flawless, four part harmony. Conference of the Birds is an idea developed from Frolicked’s existing performance piece, ‘The Birds’ – a mini puppet flash mob of never-seen-before birds who could infiltrate the local habitat and surprise their audiences with gorgeous choral singing.

Featuring a glorious cast of characters and original music created specifically for the piece, this new performance piece will be a meeting of Eastern and Western culture not to be missed! Part static show, part walkabout, the show involves puppetry along with improvised interaction with outdoor audiences. The piece is non-verbal, but will involve singing in unison and in harmony.

Essential skills
 puppetry experience (experience operating glove / rod / medium – large scale puppets preferred)
 strong singer
 experience in devising theatre
 experience in improvisation
 ability to pick up songs and movement quickly with an attention to detail
 willing to get stuck in with all aspects of touring an outdoor show (Frolicked doesn’t tour with technicians – performers are required to get involved with all aspects of putting on a show)

 experience of choral / group singing
 experience in touring outdoor work
 experience of improvised, interactive puppetry

How to apply
Please email a cover letter, CV and any relevant links / info to by Friday 13th March
Auditions will be on 19th March in Hebden Bridge from 10am, run by musician and performer, Chris Davies
(who has written all the music for the piece) and Beka Haigh, Director of Frolicked. We welcome
applications from BAME candidates

Key dates
Rehearsals – June and July 2020 (exact dates TBC)
1st performance is on 19th July 2020 at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Annes (further performances TBC)
Rehearsals – £100 per day
Performances – £150 per day
Accommodation and travel for performances will be covered.

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