CASTING CALL - Vernon God Little

Burn Bright Theatre are teaming up with Space Productions for the upcoming production of Vernon God Little by Tanya Ronder, adapted from the novel by DBC Pierre, and directed by Katherine Timms. We are currently taking casting applications for this project.

The production will run from 24th March – 11th April 2015 at the Space, East London, and is Burn Bright Theatre's debut show on the London theatre scene. It will also mark the 20th production from Space Productions, which has been nominated for six Off-West End Awards to date. We are looking for a strong ensemble of 10 performers, who share a variety of over 40 roles between them.

First round auditions will take place between 11th – 13th February 2015. Recalls will be held on 13th and 15th February 2015. Rehearsals start on 19th February 2015.

Please find a full description of the play, production and character breakdowns below.

To apply, please email Isabel Dixon at isabel@space.org.uk with a recent CV or Spotlight/CCP link, and a cover letter detailing your experience and suitability for the role, by midnight on Saturday 7th February.

Burn Bright Theatre x

About the Play:

Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble. The tiny, flea-bitten town of Martirio – barbecue sauce capital of Texas – is in shock after Vernon’s best friend Jesus Navarro massacres sixteen of their classmates before turning his gun on himself.

With Jesus dead and nobody left to blame, the Martirio townsfolk are looking for a scapegoat. And with the appearance of charming but sadistic television reporter Eulalio “Lally” Ledesma, Vernon soon finds himself in hot water. There is only one answer: take inspiration from the film Against All Odds and run away to Mexico. But the law is in hot pursuit, the TV cameras are rolling, and before too long, the eyes of the entire world are on Vernon.

First nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play during its Young Vic premiere in 2007, Vernon God Little is a darkly comic look at the commercialisation of horror – and the importance of looking out for other people. Complete with a rhinestone-studded country and western soundtrack and a dollop of barbecue sauce, this exciting play proves that desperate times can throw up the most unlikely of heroes.

Fledgling company Burn Bright Theatre team up with six-times Off West End Award-nominated Space Productions for a 2015 revival of Tanya Ronder’s critically acclaimed adaptation. DBC Pierre’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel explodes onto the stage in a free-wheeling, fast-talking, foot-stomping night at the theatre like no other.

About the Production:

This is an ensemble production with nearly every actor playing multiple characters, so we are looking to cast a diverse group of performers who can use physicality and voice to make each of their roles vastly different.

We are intending to integrate live music into our production so we are interested in seeing actors who are confident singers and can play a musical instrument, particularly for the roles where we’ve specified it would be useful.

The play will also feature movement ranging from line dances to fight sequences, so performers need to be comfortable with dance and choreography.

PLEASE NOTE: We have now recieved funding from Arts Council England to pay National Minimum Wage for this project.

Casting Breakdown:

VERNON LITTLE

Player 1 will tackle the title role of Vernon Gregory Little, an awkward teenager navigating a sinister world of media spin, guilt trips, sexual frustration and binge eating. Vernon is the only constant character in this production, so we are looking for a performer with the charisma and sensitivity to anchor the performance and make the audience care about this teenage outcast’s path to redemption.

  • Male

  • Playing age 15-21

  • Boyish looks

  • Slight build

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Rapping skills desirable!

  • Any ethnicity

JESUS/ENSEMBLE

Player 2 will portray Vernon’s best friend Jesus Navarro, the tortured young man who started all the trouble. Jesus haunts Vernon throughout the story, bringing back memories from the massacre and pushing Vernon to seek out the truth.

Other characters include an ambitious defence attorney and a bratty kid in braces.

  • Male

  • Playing age 15-30

  • Hispanic looks- dark hair/olive skin

  • Tall, wiry

  • Strong Texan Accent

  • Ability to play guitar

  • Confident singer

DORIS/ENSEMBLE

Player 3’s main role will be Vernon’s long suffering mother Doris, an ageing prom queen who believes that all of life’s problems can be solved with a brand new refrigerator. The actor will also take on a diverse range of comedic roles including a Little old lady and a fiery Mexican housewife.

We are looking for a versatile actor with strong comic timing, who can show Doris’ vulnerability.

  • Female

  • Playing age 25 upwards!

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Any ethnicity

LALLY/ENSEMBLE

Player 4’s main role will be Vernon’s nemesis, corrupt news reporter Eulalio Ledesma (Lally for short). Lally uses the Martirio tragedy to con and seduce his way towards his american dream.

The actor will also take on a number of minor comedic characters throughout the production.

  • Male

  • Playing age 25 upwards

  • Tall, striking

  • Strong Texan Accent

  • Confident singer

  • Any ethnicity

PAM/ENSEMBLE

Player 5’s main role will be Pam, a close friend to Vernon and his Mother. Larger than life Pam shows her affection through Chick’n’mix and belly laughs. Other characters include celebrity Judge Nancy and Lally’s elderly mother.

We are looking for a strong character actor, who can use detailed physicality to bring this diverse bunch of entertaining individuals to life.

  • Female

  • Playing age 25 upwards

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Ability to play a musical instrument desirable

  • Any ethnicity

ELLA/ENSEMBLE

Player 6’s main role will Ella Bouchard, a local teenager who has a slightly unhealthy crush on Vernon. Raised by her father on a junkyard, Ella is outspoken and tomboyish but there’s a hint of sensitivity hiding behind her rough and ready persona.

Other characters will include Vernon’s bitchy neighbour Leona and kind-hearted prison warden Jonesy.

  • Female

  • Playing age 15-30

  • Petite, striking

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Any ethnicity

TAYLOR/ENSEMBLE

Player 7’s main role will be Taylor Figueroa, popular Martirio girl and love of Vernon’s life. Beautiful, charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious, Taylor is out for fame at any price.

The actor will also take on a diverse range of comedic roles including obnoxious teenager Brad Pritchard and the sheriff’s chirpy secretary Eileena.

  • Female

  • Playing age 17-30s

  • Tall striking

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Any ethnicity

VAINE/ENSEMBLE

Player 8’s main role will be Vaine Gurie, a rookie police officer who finds herself in the middle of a high profile murder investigation. Young, naive and a little awkward, Vaine bows to pressure from the sheriff and townsfolk to find someone to blame for the Martirio tragedy.

Other characters include a stressed scout leader and ambitious prosecutor.

  • Female

  • Playing age 20 upwards

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Ability to play a musical instrument desirable

LASALLE/ENSEMBLE

Player 9 will tackle integral male roles such as foul mouthed preacher Lasalle and Sheriff Porkorney, the lead investigator on Vernon’s case.

We are looking for a strong character actor who can create vivid characters using voice and physicality.

  • Male

  • Playing age 30 upwards

  • Ability to play a musical instrument desirable

  • Strong Texan accent

  • Confident singer

  • Any ethnicity

DR GOOSENS/ENSEMBLE

Player 10 will tackle integral male roles, including the suave, sinister psychologist Dr Goosens and Vernon’s well-meaning but incompetent lawyer Mr Abdini.

We are looking for a strong character actor, confident with different accents, who can create vivid characters using voice and physicality.

  • Male

  • Playing age 30 upwards

  • Confident singer

  • Ability to play a musical instrument desirable

  • Strong Texan Accent

  • Any ethnicity

To find out more about the Space, please visit www.space.org.uk

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