TAXI Casting Call Out - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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TAXI Casting Call Out

Red Ladder is excited to announce we are opening auditions to be part of our upcoming performance, TAXI, coming this August.

We are looking for volunteers to be part of the Community Chorus, tasked with bringing the city of Leeds alive.

TAXI is a unique production which takes Director Douglas Thorpe’s real experiences of driving taxis in Leeds to explore the city’s dark underbelly, bringing audiences face to face with the despair, hope and loneliness that a life in perpetual transit creates.

TAXI sees the streets of the city in all their visceral glory. He meets so many people but knows no one: a silent observer of the best and worst of humanity.  Slowly fading into a fantasy world of black and white movies to escape this ugly reality, can anyone save him?

Climb aboard as Red Ladder Theatre Company brings Andrea Heaton’s searing script to life.  Co-directed by Rod Dixon (Red Ladder Theatre Company) and mad dogs dance theatre director (and ex-taxi driver) Douglas Thorpe, this original fusion of exhilarating theatre and dance will take you on a thrilling ride you won’t forget!

TAXI is a joint production in association with Red Ladder Theatre Company, mad dogs dance theatre and Spin Arts.

TAXI is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and Leeds City Council.



What will I be doing?


As a member of the chorus, you will be on your feet for the whole show, moving across the stage and helping to make the street scenes come alive. You will move pieces of set and props to make the scene transitions happen quickly and magically. You might get the opportunity to play characters who are passengers and customers, but you won’t have to learn lines, as all the chorus voices are going to be pre-recorded to be a track played through the PA. This becomes part of the sound design to which the chorus will respond and move to.

If you want to learn about movement and develop your skills, this is an exciting opportunity to work alongside some of our talented cast.


What is the commitment? 


Rehearsals: Sunday (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM), and Monday and Tuesday evenings starting from 9 July 2023

Performances: Technical & dress rehearsals and performances start on 7 August 2023 and the final show is on Sunday 20 August 2023. We will be having two teams so you would not have to commit to all the performances.

TAXI will be performed on the following dates-

Thu 10 Aug 2023, 8:00 PM

Fri 11 Aug 2023, 8:00 PM

Sat 12 Aug 2023, 8:00 PM

Sun 13 Aug 2023 3:00 PM,  8:00 PM

Tue 15 Aug 2023 8:00 PM

Wed 16 Aug 2023, 8:00 PM

Thu 17 Aug 2023, 3:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Fri 18 Aug 2023, 8:00 PM

Sat 19 Aug 2023, 3:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Sun 20 Aug 2023, 6:00 PM

If you need support with travel expenses for rehearsals and performances then please let us know.


How do I sign up?


Saturday 10 June 2023 – 10 am – 12 pm, The Bobbin Room, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds LS28 5UJ

Saturday 10 June 2023 – 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, RJC Dance, The Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY

Sunday 11 June 2023 – 11.30 am – 1.30 pm, City Exchange, 11, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5ES

You can book here

Places are strictly limited on a first come; first served basis so get in there fast!

The audition will be in a workshop format so please bring water and wear loose and comfortable clothes as there will be movement-based activities. If you have any access requirements we can support you with, or medical conditions you feel we should be aware of for your safety, you will be able to let us know when you sign up.

The deadline to apply is 6 pm on the 8th June 2023

Feel free to select a different audition date/venue if your preferred option is full.