Join a cast of 100 women* and be part of the spectacular finale to the Great Exhibition of the North

Produced and directed by the team behind the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony and the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Great North Star will include mass participation, film, music, narration, circus and pyrotechnics in a stunning ceremony celebrating the spirit of the North and forming part of the programme for this year’s Great North Run.
Great North Star will celebrate the spirit of the North of England, as exemplified by the world’s greatest half marathon, and takes inspiration from the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (1918), which granted some women the right to vote for the first time. The show will also highlight the continuing struggle for equality and rights by women, whilst celebrating northern values of equality, resilience, and togetherness.
And you can be a vital part of it…
We are looking for volunteer performers to join a cast of 100 women, to help us tell this fantastic story through mass movement choreographed by leading UK contemporary dance company, balletLORENT who are based in Newcastle.

What’s Required?
Absolutely no performance or dance experience is necessary. Whether you’re a trained dancer, enjoy the occasional disco, or have never tapped your foot to a beat – you’re more than welcome!

To be part of this opportunity you must:

• Be 16 years old or over by Saturday 16 June.
• Be a woman.
• Be able to commit to all rehearsals and the final performance.
• Have a passion for the equality and rights of women.
• Embody the spirit of the North!

*We are recruiting a cast made up of women, those who identify as female or non-binary, but there may be other
voluntary opportunities for male participants. For more information contact greatnorthstar@festival.org

**There are a maximum of 100 places in the cast, so participation is dependent on a casting workshop. This
opportunity is open to people of all abilities, and decisions will be made based on a range of factors including
ensuring the cast is representative of a wide range of cultures, appearances, ages and abilities. In this workshop
balletLORENT will work with groups of volunteer performers on a piece of choreography for around 60 minutes.
Casting decisions for the show will be made and confirmed with applicants following these sessions.

Availability
You must be available for the following rehearsal and show dates.
Casting workshop**: Daytime (exact times TBC), Sunday 29 July
Rehearsal: 12-5pm, Saturday 11 August & Sunday 12 August
Rehearsal: 12-5pm, Saturday 18 August & Sunday 19 August
Rehearsal: 12-5pm, Sunday 26 August & Monday 27 August
Full cast rehearsal on site: 6-11pm, Wednesday 5 September
Filmed Dress rehearsal on site: 7-11pm, Thursday 6 September
Show Day: 7-11pm, Friday 7 September
Filmed Performance: 9pm on Friday 7 September

If you would like to be part of the Great North Star cast,
please sign up via our online form
or contact greatnorthstar@festival.org for more information.

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