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Casting is now open for our upcoming tour of brand new play with music:A Very Odd Birthday Party by Hannah Donelon!

Read below for more details about the production and how to apply. To find out more about A Very Odd Birthday Party, see Our Work.

If you require this information in a different format such as an audio version, please email to let us know.

Information on how to apply:

  • Please read the Audition Pack for character breakdowns and audition information

  • Only apply if you fit the casting brief

  • Please only upload self tapes to Vimeo or Youtube and send the link to with the subject title: AVOBP casting

  • We suggest you make the link private, so make sure you send us any passwords necessary to access the video

  • In your email, please let us know the part you are auditioning for 

  • Include a link to your Spotlight or CV

  • Please fill out this Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form.

  • The deadline for all tapes is: 3rd July 10pm

  • Recalls will be held on 12th, 13th, 14th July in Greater Manchester, precise location TBC

  • We will let everyone know the outcome of their self tapes


Information on the production:

About the play

A Very Odd Birthday Party is a vibrant new play with music by Hannah Donelon (Manchester Fiction Prize finalist; Women's Prize for Playwriting Longlist) that was R&D-ed last year. In Autumn 2022, we will rehearse and tour the play around England. The production will be directed by Anna Berentzen (Headlong Origins 2022; The Royal Exchange; North Wall Theatre).


The play is being delivered in partnership with The Met and Liverpool Irish Festival, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by funding from the Consulate General of Ireland, Manchester. A Very Odd Birthday Party was initially developed thanks to funding and support from The Production Exchange. To find out more about A Very Odd Birthday Party, see Our Work. 


Rehearsals will take place Monday - Fridays between 24th September - 13th October at the Met, Bury. We will be creating a filmed version of the show (distribution TBA) which will be filmed on 14th October at the Met. In line with Equity/ITC, all performers will be paid £500 p/w.



We will be touring the show around England between 17th October - 30th October. Venues TBA. In addition to the full scale production, there will be additional community based performances taking place during the tour schedule. In line with Equity/ITC, all performers will be paid £500 p/w. Travel and expenses will be covered for all artists in line with Equity guidelines. 


Important Information

We do not have budget to relocate artists during the rehearsal period. Please only apply if you can feasibly attend rehearsals at The Met in Bury. We do have funds to support artist access requirements which might include supporting with child care costs, paying for an interpreter, or something else. If you have any questions about this or want more information, please let us know in the email.

Audition Pack PDF

Audition Pack Word Document

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