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We are Auditioning!

9 Jul 2024

We are looking for four actors to cast in The Effect, by Lucy Prebble. This show will be performed on the main stage at Gulbenkian Arts Centre 12th-14th October. It will be directed by Emma Willatts and designed by Nick Willis.

Although two of the characters are older, our Gulbenkian Performance Company is for those aged 18-25 and so we will be casting from this age bracket.

This is Gulbenkian Performance Company’s debut in the main Gulbenkian programme, and we are looking for strong actors to take on this challenge.

This is an opportunity for emerging, local actors. We have allocated £500 for each actor in order to ensure expenses/travel etc are covered.

The Effect is being produced and supported by Gulbenkian Arts Centre, but is considered an amateur production.

Apply here! 



The hope is that we can rehearse in the daytimes in order to have longer rehearsal days, and work in a more intensive, professional manner. There are some questions within the application about availability.

Initial suggested rehearsal dates (daytimes):

28/29 July
11/12/13/28 August
5/6/7/13/20/23/24/25/26/27 September
3/4/9/10/11 October


Auditions will be held on July 21st and 22nd (with potential for callbacks on July 23rd).

Applications close on Tues 16th July, and we will inform you of audition slots on Wednesday 17th July. The auditions will be at the University of Kent. Information of what to prepare will be sent with the audition slots. If you have not heard from us by this date please check your junk emails, and if you have not received anything please contact Emma on If you cannot make these dates, we will try and find another option.


We want to make auditions and rehearsals accessible for all so if you need help or support to fill out the application form, if you have any specific access needs, or if you need any support to attend the audition please let us know by contacting

Play Description:

The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.

Content Warnings:

Scenes of a sexual nature
Themes of depression and suicide
Mentions of recreational drug use

The characters of Tristan and Connie both smoke cigarettes onstage, and engage in some intimate scenes. Nothing graphic or explicit will be shown, and there is no nudity involved.

Character Breakdown:

Connie is a rational psychology student on a journey of self-discovery.

Tristan is a free spirited optimist, who regularly takes part in drug trials to fund his travels.

Dr Lorna James is the Doctor running the drug trials. She suffers from depressive episodes herself.

Dr Toby Sealey is the Doctor overseeing the drug trials, and believes that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.



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