Please join us! Audition Notice

Alice Booth

Birmingham based theatre company, Stan’s Cafe and Lancaster Arts are collaborating to create an exciting outdoor production to take place in Lancaster on 15 October 2022, entitled River Tours. We are auditioning for one performer for this production.

What is River Tours?

Stan’s Cafe is building a library of textile river maps which will grow as it tours around the world. Each map is a work of art commissioned by textile artists who interpret the requirements to represent towns, bridges, dams, power stations, tributaries, and other features in their own way. A local writer writes a tour of the river. The text is performed by a local actor who acts as a ‘tour guide’. The first two rivers in the library are The Thames and The Volga. The third will be our own River Lune. Audio recordings will ensure the tours live on as the rivers continue their journey around the world.

You can find out a bit more about the project here

What is the role?

You will play the ‘tour guide’, telling stories about those who live on and around the river and the creatures and plants that live in, on and around it. You will share its history, point out its current landmarks and possibly speculate about its future.

Who can audition?

Can you engage audiences? Are you adept at performing in outdoor settings and able to fully memorise a 35 min solo text? Would you like to collaborate with a fantastic team of arts producers and makers? Are you interested in local history and stories, as well as dependable, focused, and up for a challenge?

The role is for adult trained actors, 18+, based in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

We value diversity in casting and seek applications from people of the Global Majority and D/deaf disabled and neurodivergent artists.

How do I get an audition?

Please email a CV and a headshot to If possible, please draw attention to roles you’ve done that demonstrate the qualities highlighted above.

Please write “River Tours Audition” as the subject of your email and include your rehearsal availability in September and October. Please also confirm you are available for the performance date, 15 October 2022. If selected for an audition, we will contact you with a time slot and the audition requirements. LET US KNOW IF THERE IS A SPECIFIC TIME OF DAY YOU CANNOT ATTEND, so we can plan accordingly.

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

Please memorise the text here, and come prepared to read some other text samples.

Any questions please email

When Does the Show Happen?

Rehearsals will take place in Sept and/or October 2022 (there is some degree of flexibility here). The performance will take place on the 15 October 2022.

This is a paid opportunity, and we expect this to be a 2-3 week contract.

When & Where are the auditions?

Friday July 22, from 2 – 5pm *
Venue : The Dukes Gallery Space.
Address: Moor Ln, Lancaster LA1 1QE
* if you can only make the morning, get in touch, we may be able to audition from 11.30.

More about Stan’s Cafe

Stan's Cafe is a theatre company based in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It has a long track record in producing contemporary theatre, installations and live art. Established in 1991, it has become “one of Britain's major contemporary theatre exports" (The Bulletin, Melbourne) with an international reputation for devising and touring powerful and unusual performances. It has been regarded by some critics as “one of the UK's most innovative and exciting theatre companies.” (Independent on Sunday).

Posted on 29th Sep, 2022