What To Expect As An Actor In The Greenhouse

Unless you just haven’t been paying attention to our social media for the past month (which, if this is the case, we’re slightly offended), you’ll know we are holding auditions for our shows from 11th– 18thFebruary. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to look over each show’s individual page and get an idea of which ones you might want to audition for. If you haven’t had this opportunity yet, what are you waiting for? Head on over to out Facebook page now!

Have you had a look?

Good.

Now we’re all on the same page. We’re all up to date, know everything we need to know about the shows, and you have an idea of which shows you want to audition for. (By all means if you want to audition for all of them please do!) There, understandably, may be one thing holding you back. That small niggle at the back of your mind which keeps asking you, ‘but if I do audition for this slightly crazy project and get a part, what will I ACTUALLY be signing up for???’

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We know our main focus so far has been publicising the project and all the things that make it so cool, like the fact that we’re building The Greenhouse ourselves, that the building, our shows, and our marketing will all be sustainable, that we’re also focusing on making theatre accessible, and that we’re a group of young people working with other young people to really create a positive social change. But there we go again, not actually telling you what life will entail being an actor at The Greenhouse. So, here are the top four things you need to know:

1. What your time commitment will be    

Already dreading the boredom which you will inevitably succumb to after one week of being stuck at home with nothing to do during that long, long, long summer break? Well, have no fear because we have the solution to your problem!

The main body of the project will be taking place over the summer (July and August) which means you won’t have the chance to get bored. Exact rehearsal periods will vary, but the majority of our shows will look to start rehearsals on 1stJuly in St Andrews to give you all plenty of time to perfect your performances, and then it’s off to Edinburgh for The Fringe for the entire month of August!

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N.B. Most shows will also require a couple of rehearsals during the semester. Again, the amount of rehearsal will vary show to show, but they will probably require a couple of hours a week.

2. You will be joining the BoxedIn family   

When you sign up to The Greenhouse, you join the BoxedIn family! And you know what families do? They work together. The Greenhouse is a big project, which means we’re going to need you to give us a helping hand from time to time.

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Now, don’t worry we’re not asking you to build The Greenhouse all by yourself! But here at BoxedIn we like to foster a collective atmosphere. You can expect to be doing things like helping to plan and organise (and attend) fundraising events or publicising the project on your own social media platforms. We won’t be asking you to do anything too taxing, and ultimately we think it’ll be fun as you get the opportunity to get to know the team better and form new friendships.

3. What you will do day-to-day during The Fringe   

Surely you didn’t think that all you’d do during a day at The Fringe is act in one show? Of course you didn’t, that would be silly! The Fringe is simultaneously one of the most draining and energising experiences you could ever have.

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No one day at The Fringe will ever be the same. Obviously, you will have to perform your show once a day (not including Tuesdays), but there are many more activities to do besides that! There will be at least a couple of hours of ‘non-flyering’ (walking around the streets, meeting people, recycling old flyers and trying to get people to come to our shows) as well. And then once that’s done, it’s all about seeing shows, going to workshops and having a really good time. The city of Edinburgh comes to life in such a beautiful way during The Fringe – there are people spilling out of all the pubs, and everyone you meet is just walking on clouds. It’s lovely.

4. Your financial commitment   

Now we understand that as students we don’t exactly have an unlimited budget. In fact, we know most of us have a very, very limited budget, so it’s only natural you might have some financial concerns about getting involved with this project.

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Show teams will find accommodation, however, you will have to pay for it yourself and this normally costs between £300 – £400. You will also need to be able to pay for all your daily essentials (e.g. food, drinks, toiletries, emergency umbrellas etc.) AND ensure you can go and see as many of the shows you want to see as possible! (Because, come on, you can’t go to The Fringe and not see shows) – There are a number of great Free Fringe shows, so you won’t have to splash out for every show you see, but budgeting for tickets is something you will need to consider.

So, there you go, that’s the low down on what to expect if you want to be an actor at The Greenhouse! We really hope we will see you at our auditions, and if you want a little more of an idea about how exciting performing at The Fringe is, there check out Part 1 and Part 2 of BoxedIn’s Edinburgh experience 2018.

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