Forget about the quality of the performance – actors can find they have been miscast (just ask Court Theatre) when Rosemary takes centre stage

We are a bit late in alerting readers in the acting business – or who fancy their chances of becoming an actor – to the opportunity afforded by the recasting of “Things I know to be True”.

First, the producers are being picky (some would say precious) about the part.  They are focusing on gender fluidity and are interested not so much on acting ability as on a player’s ability to pass muster as “an appropriate performer from the transgender and gender diverse community’’.

Second, applications closed a few days ago.

Yep. The theatre bosses in this recasting exercise had become ultra-sensitive to critics (few in numbers but strong in influence, apparently) who profess to have been miffed, offended, distressed, or otherwise upset, by a play now being performed in Christchurch.

And so …

The Court Theatre and Circa Theatre are recasting one of the roles in ‘Things I Know to be True’ and are looking for a trans or non-binary performer aged 25-40 years. A full casting brief can be found here:

We are accepting submissions from trans and non-binary performers with a playing age of 25-40 years for this role, of any ethnicity.

Performer must be comfortable performing as both masculine and feminine on stage. For 95% of the play, the role is performed as masculine.

This is a full-time, professional, paid opportunity in a text-based play rehearsing in Christchurch followed by a season in Wellington.

Auditions will be held between 3-6 April in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The chosen performer will be integrated into an existing production with the full commitment, engagement and aroha of the existing cast and outgoing performer.

Please detail any performing experience by Wednesday 31 March.

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