The Shoebox Theatre Company are holding auditions for their next community theatre project – When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell.

When the Rain Stops Falling moves from the claustrophobia of a London flat in 1959 to the windswept coast of southern Australia, and into the heart of the Australian desert in 2039.

It interweaves a series of connected stories as seven people confront the mysteries of their past in order to understand their future, revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on. Until finally, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.

By taking part in a Shoebox Theatre Company project you can expect to be supported and mentored, whilst gaining performance experience within a professional theatre setting.

Each project is ideal for those who have had some training but would like to add to their performance experience and for those who are looking to build on their technique whilst working towards a show.

You might be a taking a year out before drama school, or a local community actor looking to widen your repertoire and develop your skills. Participants must be 18 or over.

The focus for our performance projects is learning and development, each participant can expect to be given the support they need to develop as a performer. Play selection, rehearsals and casting is undertaken with this in mind, so each actor can develop at a pace that suits them.

The cost to take part in this project is £75 – this can be paid up front or in three monthly instalments of £25. We also ask participants to purchase a copy of the script, which is normally £5-£10 depending on the production.

Rehearsals normally run for 20 weeks (depending on the production) and take place on Wednesday evenings between 7pm and 9.30pm. In addition to regular weekly rehearsals you will also be required to commit to the performance week (weekday evenings and weekend performances are typical) and a few full day rehearsals as we get closer to the performance.

The company is led by Luke Marquez, the Artistic Director of Wrong Shoes Theatre Company and the Shoebox Theatre. Luke is a trained actor and graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he gained an MA in Applied Theatre.

He also holds a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and a PGDE specialising in Drama. He is an experienced Director, Theatre Practitioner and Workshop Leader specialising in contemporary and devised theatre.