BAME Female-identifying Actor-Singer for new Musical

Salary: GBP Equity Acting rates

Application Deadline: October 14, 2019 8:00 am

Company: Sharp Teeth Theatre

Job Details

Polly: The Heartbreak Opera – Casting Call


We are looking for strong BAME actor-singers for the part of Polly Peachum in Polly (The Heartbreak Opera) a radical, anarchic, Britney infused, punk retelling of John Gay’s banned play Polly, the sequel to The Beggar’s Opera.


Fusing the 18th Century text and our contemporary world, the play explores colonialism, 21st Century femininity, sexual politics, jealousy, greed and revenge.


Directed by Stephanie Kempson, Sally Cookson’s assistant on critically acclaimed Jane Eyre, with a score by Ben Osborn (Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse), design by Sam Wilde and produced by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre.


The show’s first iteration was made in Berlin in 2017 and scratched in Bristol to a sell-out audience. The show is now being supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Greenwich Theatre. It was also shortlisted for this year’s LET Award. 


Read reviews from our first performances here:


We are looking for a BAME female-identifying, highly skilled and bold actor-singer, who is happy getting down and dirty in our funny, angry, sexy, grotesque, cabaret world. They need to be a good deviser, be socially and politically conscious, with a fire for the themes of the play (feminism, colonialism, capitalism). It’s also very important that this person can fit in comfortably and happily into an already established ensemble. As a company we actively encourage diverse actors to apply. 


This show has had interest from some exciting venues, and we are hoping to take it to Edinburgh Fringe in either 2020 or 2021. 


Role Description:

Polly Peachum is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Peachum, two clever London crime lords. She has been oddly well brought up by them, with a fine education and, as a result, no longer gets along with her cunning, worldly and criminal parents. She is full of desire for Macheath, believes utterly in romance and fate, but in reality she is a naive 17yr old, in love with a man who does not care about her. She has a strong moral compass, but she can be catty and judgmental, she is determined, she is hopeful, and she is bold, though just because she’s normally too polite to behave like her parents, doesn’t mean she can’t. We are interested in exploring nuance in our representation of female characters, we are all flawed and beautiful, and all have the power to be cruel as well as kind to each other. This story charts Polly’s journey across an ocean and through tough circumstances, taking her from semi-clueless, somewhat vain, sexually frustrated ingenue to a bold warrior woman. 




Playing age 16-25yrs

Strong singing ability, preferably soprano, with a focus on contemporary singing and harmonies.

A strong comedic timing and not afraid to play with the grotesque

Trained at a drama school, or has done extensive professional work

Understands working in devised processes and with new writing

A good mover

A competent multi-roller



Trained in dance or physical theatre

Plays a musical instrument.

Has a base in either London or Bristol.

Bouffon or Clown training

The ability to rap.



£450 p/w for rehearsals

£100 per performance


Current production schedule, subject to minor change:


Date Location
Sat 16th Nov Possible extra short scratch performance The Lowry, Manchester
Mon 13th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Tue 14th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Wed 15th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Thur 16th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Fri 17th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Sat 18th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Mon 20th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Tue 21st Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Wed 22nd Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Thu 23rd Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Fri 24th Jan Rehearsal Bristol
Sat 25th Jan Performance Bristol Old Vic
Mon 10th Feb Rehearsal Greenwich Theatre
Tue 11th Feb Rehearsal Greenwich Theatre
Wed 12th Feb Rehearsal Greenwich Theatre
Thu 13th Feb Rehearsal Greenwich Theatre
Fri 14th Feb Tech & Industry Sharing Greenwich Theatre
Sat 15th Feb Public Performance Greenwich Theatre
Tue 12th March Rehearsal TBC
Wed 11th March Performance & Tech Sheffield Theatre Deli
Thur 2nd April Rehearsal TBC
Fri 3rd April Performance Salisbury Arts Centre
Sat 4th April Performance Salisbury Arts Centre
Mon 13th April Rehearsal Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Tue 14th April Tech & Show Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Wed 15th April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Thu 16th April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Fri 17th April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Sat 18th April Performance x 2 Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Sun 19th April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Wed 22nd April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Thu 23rd April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Fri 24th April Performance Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Sat 25th April Performance x 2 Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol


To Apply:

Please send an email titled Polly Casting + Your Name to: 


Along with:

  • A few lines about yourself, your background and interests.
  • A video of the first few verses from a song that captures Polly from the description, it would be lovely to see you perform this song as what you see in Polly. Artists we picked as her influences were Britney Spears, FKA Twigs and Peaches but feel free to use a song you think is appropriate or encapsulates your abilities best.
  • And a filmed 2 minute monologue that shows you as a performer. We’d particularly love anything funny, or angry, or heart-breaking, or all three.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Contact Details

Stephanie Kempson

Job Posting title: BAME Female-identifying Actor-Singer for new Musical
Closing Date: 2019-10-14T08:00:00+01:00