Liverpool Everyman is to hold open auditions for its Resident Acting Company. This follows the announcement of the new repertory company in April, which will give Merseyside actors the chance to appear at the famous theatre. It has been called “a bold move by Liverpool’s bold regime.”

For the first time in a quarter of a century, local actors who are interested can apply to be seen for the company. The theatre had a sound reputation for its in-house company in the past, members of whom included Julie Walters, Pete Postlethwaite, Matthew Kelly and Jonathan Pryce. Its last rep season was in 1992.

The 14 new company members will work with artistic director Gemma Bodinetz and associate director Nick Bagnall to stage shows for six months each year from January 2017. Becoming home to a company of actors will allow the theatre to take a new approach to how work is produced there. The productions will aim to speak to the city-region and create a powerful bond with audiences. Bagnall described their aim as being to “tell great stories that matter to the people of this city.”

As well as creating extraordinary and responsive work on stage, the resident company will work with community groups and help to train Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP). YEP is the theatre’s group for young actors. Bodinetz said that this collaborative style of working will allow each group to build “creative bridges to and from each other”.

Liverpool Everyman will be looking for actors with a Liverpool voice as well as talent from across the country. Their aim is to place multiple voices on stage, with a better gender balance and give those from all backgrounds an opportunity.

How to apply:

Professional actors should contact the theatre’s casting director Sam Stevenson via their agent. Anyone who has graduated from drama school or three-year university drama course this year but has yet to secure an agent is also encouraged to apply. Those interested should email their details to casting@everymanplayhouse.com. You can read the full announcement here. The deadline for applications is 29 July 2016.

Photo: Philip Vile