If you fancy appearing on stage in our production of SCUTTLERS, then we want you.

An exciting opportunity to perform in SCUTTLERS at the Royal Exchange Theatre in February/March 2015.

The SCUTTLERS were Manchester's original gangs. Throughout the 1870s and beyond, the streets of Openshaw, Gorton, Ancoats and Salford were terrorised by rival groups of young mill workers who fought for control with blades, fists, feet and the heavy ends of their leather belts.

The stories of the Scuttlers, based on real court reports, are being re-told by writer Rona Munro in a new piece for the Theatre at the Royal Exchange. SCUTTLERS will be directed by award-winning director Wils Wilson (Royal Court, National Theatre of Scotland) with choreography by Eddie Kay (Frantic Assembly).

We are looking for performers to take on the roles of the ensemble and will be holding open ensemble workshops for you to get involved. There will be two groups within the ensemble:

MALE only 16 – 21 years and MALE & FEMALE 30 – 40 years


Workshops will take place on Sunday 2 November, 11am – 1.30pm and 2.30 – 5pm. You must be 16 or over and fit into the age range and gender as listed above.

In the workshops, participants will take part in a series of movement exercises exploring the behaviour of gangs and mill workers of early 20th century Manchester. The workshops will be high-energy, full of exciting choreography, and be and be an opportunity to build physical skills and confidence.

No previous experience is necessary. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance just come in comfy clothes and be ready to work. Why not give it a try?

Workshop places are free but limited and must be booked via Box Office on 0161 833 9833 by midday on Wednesday 29 October. Please specify which session you would like to attend when booking. If you would like further information before booking a place, please contact Chris Wright on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You must also be: 
• ready to undertake a role in a professional production
• committed to working collaboratively
• enthusiastic, energetic and reliable
• able to commit to rehearsals in evenings and weekdays as well as up to 4 performances per week
• seeking experience of working in a professional and driven environment

Rehearsal Info
• Initial rehearsals will take place on 30 November, 6, 7, 20 & 21 December (these will be during the day)
• Further rehearsals will take place in January including daytime and evening rehearsals
• From week b/g 2 February you will need to be available both daytimes & evenings for technical rehearsals
• The production runs Thursday 5 February until 7 March (with the option of an extension until 14 March)
• You will be called upon to perform in up to 4 shows per week (including matinee & evening performances)

Further details of schedules and expenses will be given at the auditions workshop.