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Theatre Alibi Seeks Actor for Apple John

We’re looking for a male performer with very strong physical performance skills who feels at home performing for young people and is happy creating work as part of a close knit team. The piece, by award–winning writer, Daniel Jamieson, will be non-verbal and equally accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences. A great many of the creative decisions will made collaboratively in the rehearsal room, so some devising experience is valuable. We particularly welcome applications from Deaf actors.

Apple John for 5-11 year olds

The life story of a man called John. And an apple tree. A woman sits on a train. As it rocks her through the countryside she feels the kicks of her baby inside her. She starts to eat an apple and finds that, strangely, the seeds inside have already started to sprout. Then she throws the core out of the window. Whoosh. A jolt and the baby is on its way. John is born. And that night, out by the railway, an apple tree starts to grow too.

Apple John tells the stories of John and the apple tree side by side. Both are full of the usual stuff that lives contain - blizzards, bicycles, rock’n’roll, train sets, heatwaves, love, blossom, accidents, hurricanes, fruit, babies, false teeth, sadness and more love.

The piece is by Theatre Alibi’s Associate Writer, Daniel Jamieson, who’s worked extensively for the company. He’s also written for Kneehigh Theatre, Polka, Northampton Theatres, London Bubble and Radio 4. Nikki Sved, who’s directing the piece, has been responsible for most of Theatre Alibi’s productions, including Goucher’s War (“An inventive delight” the guardian★★★★) and Why the Whales Came (“An evening of thrilling theatre” the guardian★★★★) The Musical Director and Composer will be Thomas Johnson. His work includes Into the West, which won the Samuel Beckett Award. The Designer is Trina Bramman whose work with the company includes Cobbo (“Casts a considerable spell” the guardian★★★★) and I Believe in Unicorns (“Children’s theatre of the highest quality” the public reviews★★★★)

The show will tour to South West primary schools and theatres. Public venues include The Egg and The Drum. The touring base will be Exeter. The dates are as follows:

  • Rehearsals: 7 August-9 September 2017
  • Tour begins: 11 September 2017
  • Holiday: Week beginning 30 October
  • Tour Ends: 15 December 2017

There will be two consecutive days off in each touring week. Working hours tend to average around 35 hours per week. We’re an ITC Equity company with Approved Manager Status and our base rate for performers is £458 per week + touring allowances and accommodation, where applicable. In addition, performers who have previous professional experience of relevance to Theatre Alibi receive a sliding scale of financial supplements.


Auditions will take place at our base in Exeter in the week beginning 26th June (travel expenses will be paid). Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, or else please send a covering letter and cv by 5pm on 21stth June to our Artistic Director: Nikki Sved