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RED CURTAIN HELL – Dark Comedy, Micro-Budget Feature

RED CURTAIN HELL – Dark Comedy, Micro-Budget Feature

Queensland, Australia
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Red Curtain Hell is a deliciously, viciously dark comedy about ambition, colossal egos and the insane lengths people will go to get what they want.
Set in Real-Time over the opening night of a troubled production of Hamlet: a cast of narcissistic actors, incompetent stage crew and a megalomaniac director collide behind-the-scenes of the ongoing show to give the audience a night they’ll never forget!
This is a micro budget feature so deferred payment options will be given should the film manage to turn a profit. We will be providing catering and the production is covered by a Public Liability insurance policy.

AUDITION DETAILS (please read ALL details):

AUDITIONS: 2nd and 3rd of MAY (10:15am-5pm in 5-10 minute slots)

(Auditions will be located in Brisbane, we are trying for some Gold Coast Audition space, time TBA most likely on the 9th, otherwise we can schedule more Auditions at Brisbane on the 9th also)

CALLBACKS: 10th MAY (for the roles of Harrison, Pamela, Roman, Simon and Natalie only, we may hold some auditions on this day also if necessary)

We will also accept FILMED AUDITIONS, please specify if you would like to take this option.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

- For ALL roles EXCEPT Lawrence, Pamela, the Stagehands and Greg/Gary/Glen)
Please prepare a short Shakespeare piece to be performed twice, once as written and in proper Shakespeare form and once as poorly as possible like a bad actor would (whether this is hamming it up, fumbling lines, mispronouncing or misinterpreting the text or horrendous accent work, this will be left up to you.) We may also give you a piece to cold read on the day.

- For the remaining roles, a short scene from the film or another similar script will be sent for you to learn prior to the audition.


PLEASE NOTE: We will be filming from the 17th-31st of August this year (total of 15 days) you will need to be able to make yourself available during day times (and some nights) over this time period, if this is not possible, please do not apply.

ALSO NOTE: This film has content of an explicit nature including violence, sex scenes and strong coarse language, if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply. Characters with scenes of a sexual nature will be noted below.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.


NOTE: upon application please indicate preferred audition time/day and we will endeavor to put you in as close as possible.

Edited 07 April 2015


Harrison Cooper Reed

The director of the show, a brash and unapologetically offensive person. Determined to keep the show going till curtain fall no matter who he has to hurt, yell at, or even… kill. **PLEASE NOTE: This character has a scene where he kisses his own mother and not in a mother/son way, if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Male, aged 30 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Pamela

The Stage manager. An unadulterated passive-aggressive b***h, she aggressively works to undermine Harrison and take control of the runaway show, using her position behind the scenes to take charge, make changes and mess with Harrison’s vision.

Female, aged 35 to 50

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Roman

The handsome leading man: manipulative yet charismatic, he lies to be in the good graces of anyone he talks to. Roman is in a showmance with Natalie, his leading lady, but secretly flirts and fools around behind her back with many others. He secretly seduces Simon, the Stage Manager’s son. **NOTE: No nudity but is in his underwear for 2 scenes and is frequently shirtless. Has sex scenes and intimate interactions with men and women, if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Male, aged 20 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Natalie

The lead actress… and she knows it. Obsessive, controlling and prone to extreme jealousy when it comes to her showmance with Roman. While she’s not the brightest of the bunch, she has conviction and a ruthlessness unmatched in the cast. **PLEASE NOTE: This character, while she doesn’t have sex scenes, has a number of intimate moments with the character Roman and 2 consecutive scenes in her underwear, NO nudity though. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Female, aged 20 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Simon

The son of Pamela, the stage Manager, and the ingénue of the story. A rather wide-eyed optimist who seeks affirmation of himself from those around him, weather that be his mother, who seems to care more about the show than him, or Roman, whom Simon believes he is in a star-crossed relationship with. **PLEASE NOTE: This role does have several intimate scenes and a sex scene with the character of Roman, a male (no nudity though), if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Male, aged 18 to 25

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Jemima

The conniving and unscrupulous understudy to Ophelia. Jemima plots and manipulates the lead actress, pretending to be her friend and sends her into a spiral of jealousy in order to take over the role for herself. **PLEASE NOTE: This character has a sex scene with the character of Roman (no nudity), if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Female, aged 20 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Lawrence

One of the members of the theatre Committee, Lawrence is in league with Pamela in helping her to usurp Harrison’s “throne”

Male, aged 30 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Mrs Reed

The mother of the director and she also has a role in the show playing The Queen Gertrude. Oblivious to her son’s madness, she's simply chuffed that she gets to be in the show. **PLEASE NOTE: She has a scene where she is forced to make out with her son on stage (in the context of the show within the film) if you are not comfortable with this, please do not apply.

Female, aged 50 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Tristan

The Resident aging queen of the theatre, he attempts to keep everyone calm and egos at bay by being friends with everyone there (and fails pretty thoroughly), he plays the King in the production of Hamlet.

Male, aged 45 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Greg, Gary and Glen

Smaller Roles: Important theatre people seeing the show to scope out if they should potentially employ Harrison. They act as an absurd greek-chorus of sorts throughout the show.

Male, aged 25 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Ben

Smaller Role: One of the male ensemble, he plays a myriad of roles within the play, perpetually bullied by Harrison, the director.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Jake

Smaller Role: One of the male ensemble, he plays a myriad of roles within the play, perpetually bullied by Harrison, the director.

Male, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Tammy

Smaller Role: Part of the Female ensemble, she has an outright enmity with Natalie, the actress playing Ophelia.

Female, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Angela

Bit Part: Another of the female ensemble and good friends with Tammy.

Female, aged 18 to 30

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Bob

Bit Part: Mainly plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father, casually chews on apples mostly and flits in and out of the other stories to no exact consequence.

Male, aged 25 and over

Applications closed 3 May 2015.

Previous audition:
Two Actors Needed for Short Film

Next audition:
Two Actors and One Actress Required for a School Project

Listing created: 3 April 2015
Applications closed: 3 May 2015
Casting #663023