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NEWS: Mercury Theatre Colchester seeks boys for Bully Boy play

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is looking for three boys of Middle-Eastern descent to join the cast of their forthcoming production Bully Boy.

The Essex theatre is looking for three confident boys to share the rôle of an eight year old boy. They don’t have to be an experienced actor, they just need to look eight years old, be comfortable singing a nursery rhyme or children’s song (they don’t need to be an excellent singer, just in tune!) and be confident enough to perform on stage in front of an audience of 100 people.

Bully Boy, written by Sandy Toksvig,tells the story of a young British soldier who is accused of throwing an eight year old boy down a well, killing him. The play follows the subsequent investigation, tracking the relationship between the soldier and the investigating officer, who, at certain points in the play, is haunted by the child.

The rôle of the child is a non-speaking part, though the child actor will sing a brief children’s song or nursery rhyme and the child will appear three times in the play. The scenes involving the child contain themes of war, and a brief spoken description of some violence; as well as two uses of profanity. The rôle is unpaid rôle but a great experience.

The theatre will be holding auditions on Mon 14 Sep, 6:30pm – 7:30pmin Colchester.

The audition will include drama games and exercises for which no preparation is required. Children will also be asked to sing one short song, which they will need to prepare beforehand. This could be a nursery rhyme, a children’s song or a hymn of their choosing.

For more information and to book a place, visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/bully-boy

Bully Boy plays at the Mercury Theatre Studio 5-21 November

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