Welcome to open auditions for ‘The Neighbors’, written and directed by H. Sven Fernandez, on Saturday 10 December between 12 noon and 4 pm. (Please note that you must book an audition time in order to participate.)
‘The Neighbors’ is a simple yet raucous and quick-paced comedy that pokes fun at the shortcomings of modern technology and the people who furiously cling to it. An up-and-coming middle-class family intends to move up the social ladder by inviting their neighbours over for a friendly gathering where they can show off their hi-tech house that is completely run and controlled by a single artificial intelligence unit: Dexter.
As Dexter begins to develop a thought process of its own, the rather dim-witted characters begin to be outsmarted by Dexter and lose focus. Soon enough their initial dignified disposition begins to disintegrate as the facade of their well-planned technological reality begins to crack and show its true, unreliable nature. In the most mundane modern-day setting, ‘The Neighbors’ will take you on a side-splitting out-of-control downhill ride until the only thing left is utter absurdity.
There are 8 roles available for actors aged 25–65 (working age). We’re looking for four women and three men, plus one voice actor of any gender to play the AI unit.
General acting and improvisation skills. Voice projection skills are a must. Acting experience is desirable. The ability to emulate British RP, Glaswegian or any other UK accent/dialect is highly desirable.
You must be available for all of the final rehearsals and performances in the period 4–19 March. This will mean being available almost every day during this period.
You must be available for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons in the period 4 January–4 March. A readthrough or some intro sessions may be organised in late December, depending on availability. Although you may not have to attend every rehearsal, it is expected that you will have excellent availability for rehearsals.
Rehearsals and performances cannot be moved to accommodate actors' schedules.
HOW TO PREPARE
There is nothing to prepare in advance. During your 30-minute audition slot, you will read some scenes with a partner. You may also be asked to read some lines from the script and demonstrate your accent skills.
*YOU MUST BOOK AN AUDITION TIME*
You will be asked to choose the time for your preferred 30-minute audition slot when you fill out the audition form. However, we cannot guarantee that you will get your preferred time, and preferences will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis. We will confirm your allocated slot and send you the script within a few days of receiving your audition form.
Please fill out the registration form here
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
Please register by 6 pm on Friday 9 December. If you cannot attend the auditions on Saturday 10 December, please fill out the form anyway asap, and we will contact you to try and find an alternative time.
Please note that the Finn-Brit Players is an amateur theatre company and this is not paid work but an opportunity for actors to practice their hobby. If cast, you will have to be a member of the society to participate in the production. Annual membership (April 2022–March 2023) costs 35€ (standard) and 14.50€ (concessions).