Bessie Dunlop - The Witch of Dalry
by John Hodgart

Casting

Plot:
Based on a true story of Bessie Dunlop of Lynn was an Ayrshire farmers wife who was 'burned at the stake' for a crime of sorcery in 1576.  The Witch of Dalry written by John Hodgart is a play that tells of Bessie's story leading up to and the trial.
The script is available to read for free via the Association for Scottish Literature and you can watch the playwrights youtube video regarding Bessie Dunlop here.
About The Play:
The play was written in 1977 for the original production that took place in Garnock Academy, Kilbirine, Ayrshire.  This updated version was published in 2021 by ASLS with support from the Scottish Government.  The audiobook is supported by Garnock Connections and North Ayrshire Council that will see the audiobook completed and a history trail created where you can listen to parts of the play at locations in Dalry, North Ayrshire that highlights the areas of the town within the story.

Characters

Actor 1 (Female)
Bessie Dunlop
Audition Material

Actor 2 (Male)
Tam Reid
Audition Material

Actor 3 (Male)
Andra Jack
Audition Material

Actor 4

(Male)
Minster &
Andrew Crawfurd
Audition Material

Plot:
Based on a true story of Bessie Dunlop of Lynn was an Ayrshire farmers wife who was 'burned at the stake' for a crime of sorcery in 1576.  The Witch of Dalry written by John Hodgart is a play that tells of Bessie's story leading up to and the trial.
The script is available to read for free via the Association for Scottish Literature and you can watch the playwrights youtube video regarding Bessie Dunlop here.
About The Play:
The play was written in 1977 for the original production that took place in Garnock Academy, Kilbirine, Ayrshire.  This updated version was published in 2021 by ASLS with support from the Scottish Government.  The audiobook is supported by Garnock Connections and North Ayrshire Council that will see the audiobook completed and a history trail created where you can listen to parts of the play at locations in Dalry, North Ayrshire that highlights the areas of the town within the story.

Characters & Roles

Fee:
The fee for the above roles is £150* per actor.
The finished material will be used for an audiobook
* calculated at approx 2 hr work (read through and recording)

Casting Information:
The pronunciation of the play is in Lowland Scots with further information available online or via the Scottish Language Dictionaries' Website.  It is vital that the actors applying for the roles must be able to pronunciation all words in the Scots Language.

Audition Material is available above in pdf format with further information.

Rehearsal:
An online Reading will be recorded with a link sent back to the cast and playwright.  The playwright will attend the rehearsal and provide feedback to cast.

Audition Process:
  • You will receive an email to confirm that we have your audition submission after the closing date.

  • You will receive confirmation via email if you are in the finals

  • You will receive an email to confirm if you have / haven't not been successful

 

If selected in the finals you may ask for feedback on your audition.

Via our communications we will let everyone know how we cast the role that was advertised.

Once the roles have been cast we will publish or diversity monitoring for each production via our organsiations blog.


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Working Together

Casting Policy

The Grey Hill seeks to employ the very best talent for the roles that we advertise.  We are committed to supporting the artists that we work with and engaging a diverse and inclusive cast that promotes the producing values that we want to share with our audiences.  Our ambition is to achieve greater diversity in gender, race, disability, gender, sexuality, social-economic background, faith, and age.

Diversity 

We believe in including artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Where a role is culturally specific, we are committed to first casting a performer from that culture.  We consider artists from diverse backgrounds for every role, not just the specific personal characteristics in mind.  We will cast without prejudice against the background and path followed into the industry.​  The Grey Hill will ask you to complete an anonymous diversity monitoring form to monitor our progress.

Auditions

All auditions will be advertised to our members via our website, Creative Scotland Opportunities, Mandy.com and via Social Media channels.  As we are Scottish based, we email Scottish Stage and Television agents with links to this page.

Introductory Meetings

We hold regular general meetings with artists; these are available on request where we are both available to meet.  We hold regular general group meetings online to introduce our company to you.  If you wish to arrange a general meeting, please contact us via the chat button.

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SUBMISSION

DIVERSITY MONITORING

SPECIFICATION

Please read the above information before submitting.

Select the character you wish to audition for by downloading the audition material and recording it for us to listen to before 30th March 2022.

 

Please fill out the submission form, including a link for us to download/listen to your audition file.​ 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

  • When recording please SAVE the file in the following format - YOUR NAME  BESSIE DUNLOP AUDITION (MP3 FILE)

  • During the recording - Start with your name, representation, telephone number and begin your audition

  • Then Submit via the submission form including the diversity monitoring application