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MATILDA 
AUDITIONS


             
  

We are thrilled to be holding Workshop based Auditions which will take place at the Arc Community Hub, Loughborough LE11 2UP. Saturday 19th March, 13:00-16:00 

All you need to do is familarise yourself with the song "Revolting Children" from the Musical. 

You do not need to learn the entire song. 
we will workshop the number, by singing in groups and may ask you to sing solo. we will expect you to move / dance and encourage you to wear suitable footwear on the day. 

This will be a fun, non-pressured environment to showcase your talent to our team

TO APPLY: CLICK THE APPLICATION FORM AT THE TOP OF OUR SITE

please note: your audition will be to join Swing Theatre company for Matilda showing in November 2022 and our future shows. please see below for more details

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AGES 10-18

             
  

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Becoming the best!

Welcome to Swing Theatre.

We are a Theatre and Events Company offering a professional practice of Youth Theatre and delivering memorable events such as concerts, dance shows, variety performances and much more.

We have a vision that insists upon incredible production value throughout our work and aspires to become the 'go-to' youth company in Leicestershire.

When you join

we are not a stage school, however, you will still receive clever acting and singing methods to enhance your performance and character credibility on stage.

Your dancing resilience and technique will be reinforced enabling you to look sharp, slick and stand out!

(Even if it's not your strongest suit!) 

You will be lead by a team with extensive experience in all 3 disciplines (Singing, Acting and Dancing) providing all the guidance and support you need to enable you to master the craft of Musical Theatre.

We're certainly not looking to cast the finished product, but we are rigorous with our auditions and casting, to maintain our desired standard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swing Theatre pride ourselves on always providing useful and constructive feedback to help you fine tune what's needed and most importantly, we will always encourage you to re-apply if things don't go to plan during audition.

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The Nitty Gritty

For a competitive fee of £12 a week, you will receive a professional experience of performing in Musical Theatre productions, Plays as well as Dance showcases and live Concerts. 

We operate twice a week Tuesday & Thursday (19:15 - 21:15) at Fearon Hall, Loughborough. 

This is so our craft training can be delivered where we will investigate why the characters are in a scene and their purpose, explore  what their body language means and why they spontaneously burst into song! (This all helps improve your ability as a performer)

 

We teach you how to understand a character and their impact on the show through the spoken word, non verbal communication, prop, costumes, song and dance.  

 

We then put it into practice during our full scale musical rehearsals where we construct the real show for public viewing.

The final production will be held at a professional theatre equipped with industry standard dressing rooms, lighting, set, orchestra pit and much more!

We will build a professional rapport with you like no other, giving you that confidence to become the artist you've always dreamed of.

 

With close contacts at Curve, The Little Theatre, Nottingham Theatre Royal and even local groups invited to our performances, you will raise your profile as a performer helping you stand out to Casting Directors.

 

All our team are all DBS checked and follow a strict Child Protection Policy - which can be found on this page

We're proud to be different!

Think you're ready to tackle Chicago, or maybe Phantom Of The Opera?  

Swing negotiate all their productions with its members before booking a title through a forum called "Book it" 

Book-it

Our "Book-it!" nights are held twice yearly and is an exciting evening where we discuss our progress in the  year, analysing our strengths and weaknesses, which guide the conversation about our next big productions. We listen to all your views and inputs.

 

We believe this

  • Ignites your passion and excitement 

  • Gives you a voice 

  • Sets challenges and builds growth

  • Retains interest 

(All key ingredients to make sublime theatre!) 

 

Swings (Swing Captain's)

We're very keen for you to get more involved, so once a year we assign two captain roles to support the Swing Creative Team which you could apply to your Arts Award.

  1. Show Captain 

  1. Social Media Captain 

 

OUR PATRON

  Rob Madge

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Robert Dennis Madge (They / Them)  is an actor born in Coventry. Robert attended Sylvia Young Theatre School from 2007–2012. From 2012–2014, they studied Drama at Ashbourne College. In 2017, Robert graduated from the University of Warwick, where they read English Literature and was president of Music Theatre Warwick. Robert has played various roles on the West End from Mary Poppins, Matilda & Oliver to most recently, The Les Misérables UK & Ireland Tour

"It is so beautiful and refreshing to see a company that is so committed to fostering individuality and self expression. Swing Theatre enables performers to grow but encourages you to stay true to yourself and that is something we desperately need more of. So often in this industry we are told to fit a certain box. It’s time to reject that and celebrate our own uniqueness and that is something that Swing Theatre so brilliantly champions" Rob Madge 2021

YES! it's coming to Loughborough!

The Creative Team

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Liam Patrick

Artistic Director

Recognised by Curve's (Leicester) Artistic Director: Nikolai Foster as an "Outstanding artist."

 

Liam trained at De Montfort University and holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. Holding 9 years experience of creating Youth Theatre for Curve Young Company and Starlight Youth Theatre, Liam is well acquainted with the arts and ensures charisma and optimism underpins his practice.

Showcasing his  passion for young theatrical development, Liam joined the team at Greasepaint Productions in 2018 as their youngest Director yet. He is set to direct Our House the Musical at the Loughborough Town Hall in 2022

 

Aside from Direction, he has performed in many productions from Hairspray

(2015, ESNA Players)  and Made In Dagenham (2018, LAOS) to taking lead roles in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Liam proudly leads the team at Swing Theatre

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Paul Timms

Head of Music

RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS

"when two become one!"

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Paul has 11 years of Musical Direction experience, combining Grade 8 instrumental training with in-the-field experience, and has directed a variety of community and touring productions during this time, as well as the occasional showcase and choral performance. Paul has an eye for integrating music with story, choreography, and the many other theatre disciplines. 

 

Paul enjoys bringing confidence to new and nervous performers, and has done so since he first got involved with university theatre. He currently holds the post of Musical Director for the Little Theatre's Christmas pantomime, having done so since moving to Leicester in 2017.

 

Before Musical Direction, Paul had occasionally graced the stage for a variety of amateur groups, but now prefers supporting other performers from the conductors plinth. He also has a background in the technical elements of theatre, having been a venue technician in a former life.

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Trained in Performing Arts (BA HONS)

15 years performing experience

Most recent work: Hairspray, Loughborough (Greasepaint)

Trained at the Neal Academy by Deirdre Quemby (ITV) & Stephen Mear (CBE)

Co-founder of Starlight Youth Theatre

Choreographed over 35 musicals 

PREVIOUS WORK BY OUR DIRECTOR 

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Production images on this site feature shows by Starlight Youth Theatre & Greasepaint Productions.

Swing Theatre are permitted by the original photographer and persons featured to use the photos to artistically credit the original creator of the works shown