Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2017 Acting Auditions

CSF is proud to be hosting auditions for its third year of Shakespeare productions. Come along to the University of Kent to get involved. You will not need to prepare anything, just bring comfortable clothes and water.

Auditions will be held in hourly slots. There will be four slots on Friday 7th April, starting at 18.00, 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00 hrs. They will continue through Saturday from 12.00 – 16.00 hrs, with recalls being held both on the Saturday and the Sunday (12.00 – 16.00hrs). You will be contacted separately via email if you are required for any recalls.

Unfortunately, you must be 18 or over to audition for the festival.

The shows will run between Friday 4th August and Sunday 20th August (inclusive), beginning with the first full-scale production on the Friday.

Here is a list of the productions:
‘Julius Caesar’, directed by Elliot Huxtable – full-scale production
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, directed by Stephanie Randlesome and Luke Anthony – full-scale production
‘Othello’, directed by Tom Houlton – full-scale production
‘Cymbeline’, directed by Elizabeth Mae Hagen – full-scale production
‘Shakespeare’s Thatcher’, written & directed by Ciaran Barata-Hynes – experimental production (NO AUDITION)
‘Claudius’, adapted & directed by Ollie Graveson & Aimee Vient – experimental production

Audition Locations:
Friday 7th April 18.00-22.00 – Cornwallis Building; Seminar Rooms 5-9.
Saturday 8th April 12.00-16.00 – Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.
Sunday 9th April 12.00-16.00 – Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.

There will be memebers of the CSF team around to show you where you to go. There will also be signs up to help you locate us.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s auditions. It promises to be our best year yet!

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Opportunities at the Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival are looking for submissions for works of Dance and Performance for their Made in Kent Competition, offering dance companies and artists the opportunity to perform in the popular Festival venue of St Mary’s Studio Theatre as part of the 2017 Canterbury Festival.

More information on the dance competition can be found here.

More information on the performance competition can be found here.

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2017 has also just launched so now is the time to release that inner poet and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and send in your poems, limericks, ballads, odes, haikus, whatever! More information.

Finally, the Festival are also currently looking for volunteers! 

By volunteering with the Festival, individuals will

  • gain experience of customer care and events management
  • meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • feel a sense of achievement
  • be supporting the arts in Canterbury
  • enjoy high quality performances (although often it is not possible to see the whole show)

As the public face of the Canterbury Festival, volunteers provide a customer friendly service for the audience.  Volunteers have the chance to experience different roles within the festival.  The Festival will seek to give you the support you require, and training where appropriate and in return ask for 100% attendance and involvement.  It is a mutual commitment.

For enquiries please contact Mark Burford, Business Manager at

‘The Big Questions’ Work Experience Opportunity

The Big Questions

Broadcasting from CANTERBURY

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March 2017


The Big Questions will be in Canterbury on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of March and we would like to invite you to gain valuable work experience with us.

The Big Questions is the BBC’s flagship live religious, ethical and moral debate programme. It is hosted by the experienced television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell, and airs live on Sunday mornings from 10am-11am and from locations all around the country. The show addresses tricky moral questions facing the nation today, consulting front row experts and a select studio audience. Beliefs, informed opinions and personal stories are all aired during three lively debates.

If you’d like to apply for the chance to do work experience on this show, please send your CV to

Editors and Sound Recordist Needed

A postgraduate Film with Practice student is looking for editors that would like to be involved in a short film project that will be filmed Late Apr/ Early May and potentially submitted to festivals.

The film is a drama that deals with the inner thoughts and trickery of its central protagonist as he tries to conquer his mental health. It is around 10-15 minutes and you will be working with content that is filmed in Paris and England. 

There is also potentially an opening for a sound recordist (for boom work only) which will be required to be on-set for filming.

For further details about these enquiries, please contact 


An invitation to join Recovering First World War Theatre…
A nationwide community project researching war plays written and performed during the Great War.
Are you interested in the First World War?
Do you like learning about theatrical and cultural history?
Would you like to research long-lost plays?
Are you looking to develop new skills?
If so, then here is a chance to be part of an exciting research project run by Dr Helen Brooks, Gateways co-investigator and theatre historian.
Dr Brooks is looking for members of the public who would like to research theatre during the First World War. You can be based anywhere across the country, or indeed the world, as much of the work will be undertaken using online resources.
The project will examine long-lost war plays written between 1914 and 1918 using libraries, archives and online databases.
The results will be published in a public database and shared at a project festival.
The work will take place between March and November 2017 and you can work from home, at local libraries and archives or at the British Library.
Attendance at one of the training days in March or April is recommended (expenses covered by the project) but an online version will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.
‣ Anyone can apply
‣ No prior experience needed
‣ Travel expenses reimbursed for research
‣ Access to computer required
‣ Contact with any questions
RFWWT is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Gateways to the First World War
To apply to take part please contact for an application form.

Get Involved with the Strangelove Festival

Strangelove Festival are looking for volunteers to work as a crucial element to the festival between the dates 9.3.17 – 18.3.17. This opportunity will provide access and insight to the entire festival. With free entry to all events, a refreshments allowance as well as providing the opportunity to be working with an exciting team of International and local artists.

Secondly, they also have an artist call out for artists working within time based media as part of our Secret Strangelove Programme. Such as an idea of a one to one event, or a time based “occasion” or intervention that can occur. For this applicants are asked to complete a form outlining their proposal.

The deadline for both applications is 19.2.17

Here are the links to the application forms:

For volunteers-

The open call-

Art Internships and Volunteer Projects Abroad

GoEco invites students and faculty to participate in our art internships and volunteer projects abroad!

Greater Kruger Area Wildlife Photography South Africa
Capture the most spectacular wildlife on camera while contributing to conservation efforts. You will work alongside professional photographers as you go on game drives and bush walks to locate indigenous African wildlife across the reserve.  The photos you take will help support the reserve’s public awareness initiatives!

Eduactional Outreach in Kathmandu Nepal

Provide underprivileged Nepalese children with the skills and confidence they need to pursue their dreams. Volunteers will assist local teachers by leading lessons in English, math, history, science and more, and also engage in cultural exchange activities like games, sports, and arts and crafts.

Wildlife Photography and Conservation in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Take part in a photography and research program in the most spectacular setting – the Zambezi and Victoria Falls National Parks in Zimbabwe. You will be staying in the National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, with hippos, elephants, and bushbucks as neighbours. Take part in a three day photography workshop, and assist in collecting vital research data on Africa’s most iconic species.

Teaching and Social Work in San Jose Costa Rica

Get involved with the local communities of San José in beautiful Costa Rica by joining a social work project helping children or the elderly.

Apply now for V&A Theatre and Performance Work Experience Placements 2016/17

The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance contains the UK’s National Collection of Performing Arts. The collections are vast, covering all areas of live performance from theatre, opera and ballet, to music hall and musical theatre, circus, puppetry, and rock and pop.

  • Departmental activity is divided into curatorial work (based at Blythe House, Olympia) and exhibitions, publications and potential web-content (based at V&A South Kensington).
  • Exhibitions-based work includes the development of the permanent Theatre and Performance
  • Galleries at the V&A and a broad programme of special exhibitions, both at the V&A and on tour.

Voluntary Work Experience Placements and Training: Exhibitions

The Exhibitions side of the Department offers a small number of volunteer and graduate placements, for career development, training and research.

  • Volunteers assist with research and interpretation, exhibition development, publications, potential web content and other outputs.
  • Volunteers have access to professional development training and experience, both at the V&A and at other relevant institutions and organisations in London, such as theatres, museums and other arts institutions.
  • Work is varied and rewarding, and allows volunteers to contribute to the work of one of the UK’s flagship cultural institutions.

The next placements will be within the period from March – October 2017.


If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application form in the link below and then send this to  The deadline for applications is 12 February 2017.