Come and work with us! Bursary-funded Acting Opportunity with The Elysium Theatre Company and The National Trust


The Elysium Theatre Company is looking for motivated, reliable and talented actors for their 2013 Shakespeare season. There are a variety of roles available within the Elysium ensemble: both male and female and all ages.

This season we will be presenting a selection of Shakespeare’s comedies for performance at Exeter venues and at our annual Shakespeare and Heritage Festival at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey on 13th and 14th July. Rehearsals will be taking place through May and June in Exeter; you will need to be available throughout the rehearsal and production period.

For more information please see the person specification and production information below. If you are keen to apply, please email for an application form and more details about auditions.
(If you’re interested in being a part of the production team, we’d also love to hear from you.)

Person Specification

  • It is essential that you have a strong interest in Shakespeare and in immersive theatre.
  • Experience of acting Shakespeare is a bonus but not a strict requirement: we welcome applications from enthusiastic, talented people whether experienced or not.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Tact, diplomacy and excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Ability to work successfully with a range of student and professional artists.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for delivering workshops for school pupils and helping younger students learn about Shakespeare and heritage is a must.
  • You must be prepared to give this production your focus and commitment throughout the rehearsal and production period and will be required to sign a contract.

The role includes a bursary payment (minimum £100), payable at the close of the production. There will be opportunities to increase your bursary amount through dedication to the ensemble (e.g. through taking on extra responsibilities such as becoming a Marketing Assistant or Props Assistant).

Company Information:

Elysium Theatre was set up to make classic plays and historical material more accessible, exciting and appealing to modern audiences and young theatre practitioners.

We believe that the right mix of tradition and innovation can produce electrifying and exhilarating theatre.

We aim to reconnect hearts and minds with the power of the past: providing free training opportunities in classical theatre for young artists, promoting the use of ancient storytelling techniques alongside innovation and exploration, and illustrating the relevance of our heritage today.

For more information about The Elysium Theatre Company, see our 2012 Showreel  and our ‘Who We Are’ page


Production Information:

After the success of Elysium Theatre’s 2012 project, The Wars of the Roses, which toured Devon, Cornwall and the Midlands before giving a grande finale weekend-long performance at a National Trust site to around 1,000 people, the company is developing its connections with local heritage sites and organisations by setting up an annual Shakespeare project.

This year the National Trust have requested for us to deliver an Elizabethan-themed event. We will be rehearsing a selection of Shakespearean comedies including Much Ado about Nothing, giving performances of single plays at Exeter University Piazza and the Phoenix centre, before performing the whole collection in a multi-dimensional form at Buckland Abbey: combined with improvisation, promenade performance, and site-specific drama. The performance will be set against a colourful and interactive Elizabethan “Living History” backdrop, courtesy of participating groups: immersing audiences in the period and narrative in unique creative, dynamic and participatory ways.



The Wars of the Roses Collage piece, Dress Rehearsal

Some photos and video from the rehearsals for our collage piece presented as part of the University of Exeter’s Forum opening, visited by her majesty the Queen as part of her Jubilee Tour.

This ensemble-focused performance takes the audience on a journey spanning one hundred years of history: moving from the melancholy elegance of Richard II, through the rebellions, victories and losses of the following plays, and finally into the dark brutality of Richard III.


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A trip to Buckland Abbey!

Last week cast and crew went on a roadtrip to our main performance space: The National Trust’s Buckland Abbey. We piled in a minibus and off we went to Yelverton. The weather, luckily, wasn’t too bad and we tried out a few scenes in both the outdoor and indoor spaces that we’ll be using on the performance days. The actors got a feel for the huge scope of the place they’ll be working in, and started to get to grips with the “epicness” of this task! The Great Hall (our indoor space) impressed everyone with its sheer size and grandeur – and we started with some pretty thorough voice work to help the cast cope with the hugeness of the place and its sound-absorbing stone walls. Trying out a few scenes in there was really valuable. We even got a bit of applause for our rehearsals from passers by!

The trip was great, and we’re really excited about getting back to the Abbey in August to perform. Hope to see you there!

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