We’re looking for a composer/musical director for our new project about periods and menstruation. This initial call-out is for an R&D period which, due to current restrictions, will happen remotely and via Zoom.
Are you a musician or composer looking for a new project to sink your teeth into? Do you enjoy projects that balance humour and pathos? Do you want to collaborate with loud, hilarious, honest women with strong regional accents? Are you keen to write music to accompany a song about the difference between a vulva and a vagina? Then this is the job for you!
The final outcome of this period project will be a raucous, messy, heartfelt studio piece of theatre, featuring live music from our ‘house band’. We envisage the atmosphere of a speakeasy/cabaret, but with songs about tampons and smear tests. We’re totally open to different musical styles, and are keen to hear your input on what might fit best, and experiment with different ideas during this R&D.
You might be an experienced musical director, or a singer-songwriter looking for a new challenge – we don’t mind how experienced you are, we’re looking for someone willing to collaborate. We are open to working with early/mid-career artists.
The R&D will involve working with three actors and a director (of varying musical skills and experience). You need to be flexible, willing to build on other’s ideas, and able to work with a team who might be less musically skilled (!), but also confident in your own creative skills, and able to bring ideas to the table. Given the nature of a socially-distanced R&D, there will be time spent in Zoom meetings, but also time working alone, developing ideas.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our period project – tentatively titled Two Girls, One Mooncup – is about menstruation in all its bloody glory.
You know that moment when you stand up from a chair and subtly check for a stain? That moment when you sneeze and have to ask a friend to check the back of your trousers? That moment when you stuff a tampon up your sleeve because GOD FORBID that anyone should know you have a vagina? That shame, that stigma, that fear of the blood rushing out like the lift opening in The Shining? This project is all about that.
It’s about everything we never learnt at school – endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, menopause. It’s about period poverty, and eco-periods, and advertising that uses blue liquids. It’s about having the painters in, surfing the crimson wave, having your monthlies, suffering from the curse, and HAVING YOUR BLOODY PERIOD.
Our work is autobiographical, but we’re working with biomedical researchers at the University of Hull, with women from a Hull women’s centre, an Endometriosis support group, and a LGBTQ+ group to make sure that the stories we tell resonate with a wider audience, and reflect a range of experiences.
ABOUT THE ROARING GIRLS
The Roaring Girls are a Hull based theatre company creating work that is fierce, feminist, and fun.
Our work is often devised, but even when working with writers, collaboration is at the core of our practice - the voices and experiences of the people in the room shape our work. We aim to foster a supportive, creative environment where everyone is heard and valued equally.
The Roaring Girls have been making work together since 2014, and come to this project off the back of our hugely successful Beach Body Ready, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 (insert a review quote). Our huge Spring 2020 tour of the show has been postponed until next year.
DATES & PAY
This role is for 1 week’s work (40 hours) spread across August, and we are able to be flexible around any other commitments you may have.
The fee for this role is £450.
This initial call out is just for an R&D period, but we’re hoping to develop a relationship with someone who we can work with to create the show next year.
Applications close Wed 15th July. Interviews will be w/c 20th July.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesThis role is for 1 week’s work (40 hours) spread across August, and we are able to be flexible around any other commitments you may have.
Fixed price of £450 - This role is for 1 week’s work (40 hours) spread across August, and we are able to be flexible around any other commitments you may have.
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Anyone, aged 18 and over
Applications closed 16 July 2020.