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Auditions for 15+ yrs: Start Swimming

We are delighted to welcome back Barney McElholm and his colleague, Bethany West, to Playbox Theatre this spring to create a Studio production of Start Swimming by James Fritz.

Please read their breakdown for full audition information.

Auditions take place at The Dream Factory on Sunday 2nd February from 12.00-14.00 and are open to Playbox members aged 15+ only. You must be a fully registered member of Playbox ACTING or CIRCUS workshops in order to attend.

No preparation for this audition is required.

Please sign up in the usual way, by following the link.

Please note, you may still audition if you are awaiting the results of the ‘Skellig’ audition, and we will ensure that you are not cast in both, due to clashes with rehearsals.


‘It’s small versus big. It’s the pressures of the future. It’s everything being stacked against you and all options feeling equally terrible. A show about occupation, revolution and the future of our youth. One step away from disaster, there is only one instruction: start swimming.

‘You come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.’

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’

James Fritz’s challenging play asks what power young people have to affect change and resist authority. Bethany West & Barney McElholm (Resident Assistant Directors at Shakespeare’s Globe 2019) will co-direct and co-produce this blistering script for Playbox’s Studio theatre.

Bethany and Barney are looking to create a company of senior Playbox actors and theatre makers full of energy and ingenuity who really want to create a new piece of theatre!


02nd February – 12:00-14:00

Only fully paid members of the THEATRE TRAINING & CIRCUS PROGRAMMES are eligible for this production.


Sun 15th March

Sun 22nd March

Sun 29th March

Sun 5th April

Thurs 9th April (Easter hols)

Tues 14th April (Easter hols)

Weds 15th April (Easter hols)

Thurs 16th April (Easter hols)

Sun 19th April – tech

Sun 3rd May – dress

PRODUCTION DATES Performances – Thus 7th, Fri 8th, Sat 9th May (evenings)

To sign up for auditions go to the Members section.