Acting in front of a large audience is something that would be conjured up in one of my nightmares. The thought is absolutely terrifying to me. For other people, however, it is an exhilarating experience, and getting up on stage to perform would be a dream come true.
But unless you are an established actor, making it through the theatre door as anything other than an audience member, can be near impossible to achieve. There are some places, however, that encourage newbies, and are even looking for fresh blood.
If you are hoping to pursue an acting career, the Putney Theatre Company might help you get your foot through that elusive backstage door. Auditions for their productions are open to anybody, and the next play they need actors for is called Love and Information. It is an experimental play that made a successful premiere at the Royal Court Theatre last September.
Love and Information is a collection of sixty mini narratives written by Caryl Churchill. While some of the stories last up to five minutes, others are only a few seconds long - some consist only of a partial sentence.
The length of the plays is good for new comers who may be a little shy or nervous about taking on a big part. While performing on stage for several minutes at a time can be daunting, appearing once for a few seconds can be almost of a comfort. You get to act, but there is not enough time to suffer stage fright. Before you know it, you've completed your task, and have something to be proud of.
The auditions are on the 17th - 19th November and the are looking for twelve actors (six men, six women), who can be of any age, race, or physicality. You will try out a number of different roles to see which ones suit you best.