'Be yourself. Be brave. Be silly.' - Ellie Jones
Director Ellie Jones gives her thoughts on auditioning for BYMT.
Ellie Jones has been part of BYMT for a few years now, having directed According to Brian Haw (2013), Vanishing Point (2013), Miss Interpreted (2014) and last year's Dirty Stop Outs (2015). She'll also be directing this year's Fight Like a Girl (our women's boxing epic) at Dean Clough Halifax.
Tips for auditionees:
I want to find out who you are, what you feel comfortable doing and how keen you are to try new things. Be yourself. Be brave. Be silly. Failing spectacularly is better than barely attempting something you can't do. In fact, I rather love that in a performer. Remember when you come into the room that we are all in it together. We can't do anything without you and all we want is for you to feel safe enough to join in and play with us.
Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha and Floyd Collins.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
Follow your interests. If you like a composer/performer/director/writer's work find out what else they've done. Some places/companies I love: Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Improbable, Goat and Monkey, Kneehigh.... I could go on...
Champagne. And Strawberries.
Sailing... or any place I don't have to take the kids.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
Scone (gone) obviously. I'm a southerner with a very middle class grandmother.