Lyric Ensemble

The Lyric Ensemble is a project that puts actors aged 18-25 on to our professional stages.

Applications open 3 times a year to join the Lyric Ensemble as part of our:

1) annual pantomime (already recruited for 2019/20)
2) studio programme (audition registration currently open)
3) main house productions (audition registration for Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes will open in early 2020)

These young people gain skills through bootcamps and training sessions, and will have the opportunity to be part of a professional show.

Previous Lyric Ensemble programmes have been delivered by leading directors Holly Race Roughan and Annie-Louise Sarks through which we produced new productions The Mob Reformers written by Omar El-Khairy and Abandon scripted by Laura Lomas.

The Lyric Ensemble is generously supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the McGrath Charitable Trust and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

Auditions are now open for the Lyric Ensemble (Studio)

The Lyric are looking to form a creative company of 15 actors and artists who will come together to devise, train and rehearse across 8 months.

Across 2019 and 2020 the company will create a brand new show with director Abigail Graham, writer Titas Halder and a professional design team. This show will run in the Lyric’s Studio for 2 weeks in June and July.

As a starting point for the play, Abigail and Titas will be exploring the question: In a world which is burning down, where personal relationships are transactional, how do we love one another?

As part of the programme, the ensemble will attend guest masterclasses, training sessions, theatre shows and receive careers advice as well as pastoral support from the Lyric team. The company will be invited to Lyric press nights and other events and receive free Young Lyric membership for the year entitling them to access cheap tickets to main house productions.

A payment of £210 is requested from Ensemble members to cover admin and training expenses. This is payable in installments. Free/bursary places are available.

Audition Registration
Before registering for your audition it is important that you check the programme schedule works for you. To book your audition slot, please fill out this form
We will only be able to audition 120 people so slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we recommend you fill out the form as soon as you can as demand tends to be very high.

Audition Information & FAQs
Who is Lyric Ensemble for?
Performers aged 18-25 for whom performing in the Studio at the Lyric is a unique and exciting opportunity. We are not able to accept anyone on the programme who has already attended a full course at a drama school.

What do I need to prepare for the auditions?
A 1 minute audition piece. This could be anything from a monologue, to a poem, to a political speech or a rap. This should be something which lets us know more about who you are. If you have any special skills or talents then prepare to show those off too (and don’t worry if you haven’t got one! This won’t count against you).

What will the auditions be like?
The auditions are group auditions. You will show your prepared piece in front of a small group as well as the producers, writer and director. There might also be some group work and basic movement.

What time should I turn up?
Please arrive 15 minutes before your audition slot. We will take a photo of you to help us with the casting process.

How do callbacks work?
We will ask a small group of people to return for call-backs on Friday 8 November (10am – 6pm). We will let everyone know if they are being invited to return by 3pm on Thursday 7 November.

What should I wear/bring?
Wear something comfy you can move around in. Bring some water.

How does the Lyric Ensemble work/what is the schedule?
See full schedule below. We expect full attendance for the schedule but will allow a degree of flexibility for company members to honour previous commitments and/or work schedules. However, final rehearsals and show times are not flexible.

Lyric Ensemble Schedule
5 & 6 November (slots available across the day)

Call back auditions
8 November (slots available across the day)

Research & Development
19 – 21 December: 10.30am – 5pm

Training Sessions
20 January – 19 February: Monday & Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-9pm

Intensive Rehearsal Week 1
2 March – 6 March: Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 5pm

Intensive Rehearsal Week 2
30 March – 3 April: Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 5pm

Final Rehearsals
25 May – 12 June: Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 5pm *the team will be flexible around the company’s work commitments in this period

Tech & Dress
15 June – 19 June: Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 5pm *full company attendance compulsory all week

Show Weeks
22 June – 4 July
Shows: 24 June, 25 June, 26 June, 27 June & 1, 2, 3 & 4 July *full company attendance compulsory across both weeks


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