UPSWING CASTING – 3 multi-skilled performers for The Ramshackle House

Jun 16th 2017 in category Uncategorized

Upswing is looking for three brilliant circus performers for a new production for children and families, directed by Vicki Amedume. “The Ramshackle House” is a metaphor for living in an unstable environment. The audience will watch the three performers build, create, invent and reinvent, dealing with instability in a forever-changing world.

We are at the beginning of the development so will adapt the work to respond to the performers that we select. We are specifically seeking circus artists with high-level skills in addition to good devising experience, a passion for their craft and a playful streak.  The production aims to use circus as a tool to communicate the themes underpinning the work, so interest in working in this way is essential.

We are seeking people at a high level in at least one of the disciplines below

Any aerial discipline (hoop, silks, rope)
Chinese Pole
Floor acrobatics
Acro balance
Duo acrobatics (balancing/adagio)
Sports Acro (at a high level)
Juggling and general manipulation skills

And ideally have a secondary skill in:

Ability to play a musical instrument
Or any of the above circus skills

Upswing productions are ensemble pieces where all artists contribute to making the production collaboratively. A team working approach is vital. We want to work with performers who are happy to experiment and muck in where needed. Whilst you don’t need to be a dancer, you will need to be comfortable with devising and learning movement. We value the people that we work with and aim to create a challenging yet fun working environment.


21st – 26th August 2017 – R&D in Walsall, West Midlands
11th September  to 7th October 2017 – Rehearsals in Walsall, West Midlands
12th-18th October 2017 – Production week in Walsall, West Midlands

2017 Tour:

Regional previews: 19th-21st October 2017 Walsall; 3rd -5th November 2017 Stoke TBC; 23rd-26th November 2017  Kent.

Christmas Run in London:

27th November – 2nd December 2017 –  Production week

4th-24th December 2017 – Run at Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Applicants must have availability for ALL the dates above.

The company aims to tour the show nationally in 2018 so we are looking for a long-term commitment.

Performers will be paid above Equity minimum. Please note that we cover relocation costs within the UK outside of London. We welcome applications from those outside the UK, but we are unable to cover expenses for artists coming from overseas.

We are strongly committed to diversity being represented on stage and encourage submissions from all ethnicities for these roles.

To apply please send a CV, headshot and video links of your work to with “The Ramshackle House Casting” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is Thursday 20th July 2017 at 5pm. 

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday 25th July 2017. Auditions will be on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August 2017 in London. (Please ensure you have availability for BOTH days.)

Any questions, please email  (No phone calls please.)

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time to apply.