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CALL-OUT: Professional Musicians for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

What’s the opportunity?

Leeds Playhouse and HOME are looking for three musicians – a drummer, lead guitarist and bass guitarist – for the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch directed by Jamie Fletcher with musical direction by Alex Beetschen. The role of Hedwig will be played by Divina De Campo.

Please note this is not a typical ‘pit band’ musical and so we are looking for musicians that are comfortable and confident at being seen playing live on stage and engaging with the actors in costume.

What is the production?

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a singer called Hedwig, a hedonistic genderqueer anti-heroine seemingly hellbent on destruction. This darkly humorous self-love story will feature a live band, epic rock-inspired music and hard-hitting lyrics. It explores gender identity, acceptance and the freedom to be whoever you want to be. The creative team is led by and includes queer, trans and non-binary artists.

What are the dates?

Mon 21 March – Wed 11 May 2022 inclusive, at call times to be agreed on standard UK Theatre / Musician’s Union rules. All rehearsals will take place at Leeds Playhouse, with performances in the Courtyard theatre from Sat 2 April – Sat 23 April, then performances in T1 at HOME theatre, Manchester, on Tue 26 April – Wed 11 May 2022.

Who are we looking for?

To work with our Musical Director who will be on keys, we’re looking for:

1x Drummer

1x Lead Guitarist

1x Bass Guitarist

  • Musicians that are comfortable and confident at being seen playing live on stage and engaging with the actors.
  • Professional musicians that are great players. You do not need to have had previous experience of theatre shows and playing for musicals, but you will be a skilled, professional player with live performance experience – preferably with interest and experience of rock music.
  • Someone who is interested in the creative process of bringing queer and trans stories to life and sharing these with a live audience.
  • Someone who is supportive, engaged, interested, playful and open.
  • Someone who is willing to learn.
  • Someone who is a good team player.
  • Because of the artistic enquiry of this production, we are especially interested in meeting Jewish musicians, musicians from the global majority and/or musicians who identify as queer or trans including non-binary.

At Leeds Playhouse, we believe that telling stories is part of being human, how we describe the world as it is and how we would like it to be. How we change things. Make difference. We love theatre because it creates a space where we make and listen to our stories; they become real, enabling us to have a conversation with ourselves, to reflect on and transform our view of the world and each other. We’re looking for someone who shares these beliefs.

What will you be doing?

You will join the production during the final stages of the rehearsal process, working with the cast and creative team to add the live band element of the production in the rehearsal room, before moving into technical rehearsals, and then performances on the Courtyard stage in Leeds, and T1 at HOME in Manchester. This will be an intensive process, and we are looking for committed musicians with the stage craft to become ‘The Angry Inch’ which is the name of the band in the show. The production will feature all musicians on stage as part of the ‘world’ of the production, so you should expect to be in costume and be a member of the company.

We normally perform 7 or 8 shows per week, with a mixture of matinee and evening performances, so full-time availability is essential across the dates.

What’s the deal?

All musicians shall be engaged under the standard UK Theatre / Musician’s Union agreement for ‘Musicians Working in UK Theatre’. The standard weekly salary is £567.35 for playing up to two instruments, with subs on top of that for applicable musicians depending on your base. Due to the nature of the production, overtime will be limited, and any use of deputies should be discussed on a case-by-case basis as the band will be fully integrated into the production.

How do I apply?

Please send over your current CV, a video and audio recording (can be one video or two separate files) of you playing your instrument for a maximum of two minutes, which best represents your skill. You should send these via a file transfer provider, such as Dropbox or WeTransfer to auditions@leedsplayhouse.org.uk with ‘Hedwig band call-out’ clearly visible in the subject line. In the cover note of your email, please let us know why you’d like to apply for this position, and whether you identify with any of the characteristics in the call out, such as being of Jewish heritage, being from the global majority and/or identify as queer or trans including non-binary.

Please also note any periods of non-availability in your cover note, as depping will generally not be possible with this contract.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022 at 10am. If you have any questions about the roles, please contact Wesley.Bennett-Pearce@leedsplayhouse.org.uk for further information.

We are anticipating a large number of applications for these roles, and therefore it’s possible we would recall a number of candidates in early February 2022, so please ensure your email address and contact number is up to date on your CV.

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