Derby Theatre and Debry CAN Community Auditions

Published Monday 24th Jul 2023
Derby Theatre to hold auditions for members of the community to appear in autumn production.

Derby Theatre is offering members of the community (aged 18+) an exciting opportunity to perform on the main stage at Derby Theatre in a production called 4 Walls this autumn.

4 Walls, a high-energy multimedia experience with live music, performance, dance and large-scale digital projection from local hip-hop artist and music producer, Rukus, will open the autumn season at Derby Theatre, on from Thursday 7 until Saturday 9 September.

4 Walls is a Derby Theatre production as part of Derby CAN, a multi-partner project where organisations create theatre and live events in collaboration with people who live in Derby and surrounding areas.

Audition details

4 Walls community auditions, with the opportunity to perform as part of a community ensemble in the show alongside a professional cast of actors, will be held at Baby People on Forman Street in Derby on Thursday 3 August. There will be two audition slots available, one from 6.30pm until 8pm and one from 8pm – 9.30pm.

Key information

  • Auditions are open to anyone aged 18+ who lives in the Derby/Derbyshire area.
  • We welcome interest from all genders, ethnicities and abilities to apply for an audition slot.
  • This is a NON-PAID opportunity. However, we may be able to support in contributing towards some expenses.
  • Previous experience in performing is not essential, but an eagerness and energy to perform, and a strong commitment to the production, is. If you are a budding performer from the local region, this is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a professional show on your doorstep.
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place on a 90-minute group audition slot and will take part in a range of group drama/movement/singing exercises. You will need to wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring along a bottle of water for refreshment.
  • Rehearsals will start on Monday 7 August. Community ensemble members will be rehearsing at least two afternoons/nights a week (Mon – Fri) with specific days and times to be confirmed. There will also be a rehearsal on Saturday 2 September, 10am until 4pm where all company members will need to be available to attend.
  • All cast need to be available to rehearse on afternoon/evening Wed 16 Aug.
  • Rehearsals will take place at Derby Theatre’s rehearsal studio on Forman Street in Derby.

For successful auditionees: you must also be available all days and evenings between Monday 4 and Saturday 9 September.

How to apply for an audition slot

  • Please download an application form from the Derby Theatre website.
  • Please send a completed form and a photograph of yourself to by Tuesday 1 August, 5pm.

Please place ‘4 WALLS AUDITION APPLICATION’ in the subject line of your email.

Any questions?

  • If you have any questions about the auditions or application process, please email

More information about 4 Walls

A high-energy multimedia experience with live music, performance, dance and large scale digital projection.

4 Walls, an exciting new play from local music producer and Hip Hop artist, Rukus, invites you into a world of community, discovering what our fundamental needs are, who informs them and how we navigate where we go.

A Caribbean woman is surprised to be caught up in a scandal, in her old age. A school kid suffers sleepless nights in fear of deportation, yet his dreams of a music career stay big. Then there’s what’s her face, you know, the young nomad, out of place soul plodding the lonely road and not to 4get Femi, the inner-city dreamer, ambitious and aspirational, a believer.

But as their journeys go on, something just seems wrong. Living in the same block of flats, each stranger is experiencing a deafening chorus of fear that crescendos and bursts into a Uni-verse, which is simply entitled: Find where you belong.

4 Walls will be performed by a professional company of actors who will be joined by a community cast of performers. Following each performance of 4 Walls, the upper foyer at Derby Theatre will play host to an exciting and eclectic range of established and up-and-coming local artists and musicians who will entertain and inspire the audience post-show.

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