Young performers sought for Mercurial Dance’s Retold show – part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Read All About It project

Mercurial Dance seek performers for Read All About It CET takeover

With its 60th anniversary year now in full swing, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is now gearing up for its first big home-produced show of 2018: an ambitious performance takeover of the nearby Coventry Evening Telegraph building called Read All About It.

From 10-14 July, the Belgrade will work alongside the locally based company Mercurial Dance, to fill the building with two immersive, site-specific shows, both responding creatively to real-life stories from Coventry’s rich and diverse history – a perfect way to celebrate what the city has to offer in the lead-up to its year as City of Culture in 2021.

The performances form part of the Coventry Great Place project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Coventry University, University of Warwick, Coventry City Council and Coventry Business Improvement District.

In City Final, the Belgrade’s own youth and community groups will perform across multiple floors in a large-scale promenade piece inspired by stories covered in the Coventry Telegraph. Then in Retold, Mercurial Dance will draw on memories shared by members of the local community to create a unique, cabaret-style show, performed in the foyer area.

Those interested in submitting their memories for the show can email them to [email protected], or share them with Mercurial Dance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RetoldCov.

As well as seeking stories to use in their performance, the company are also now on the look-out for new dancers to join their team and help deliver an innovative and exciting experience to the public. This voluntary placement is best suited to third year dance students or recent graduates, looking to gain experience and professional training as they take their first steps into an artistic career.

The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively alongside an ensemble cast, and will be confident with audience participation and meeting and greeting audience members as they enter the building. In addition to featuring in the show, successful applicants will be fully involved in the creative process, supporting the collection of stories from the city and helping to shape and develop the finished piece. They’ll also have the chance to benefit from expert advice on starting out as a self-employed performer, with tailored support including:

  • A seminar session on running your own business by the director
  • A seminar session on working with an independent producer and industry marketplace
  • Subject to funding, a series of coaching sessions with an accredited coach to help you focus on the first steps of your career

Expenses of up to £15 per person per day of called rehearsals (max 20 days) are also available, and the company is currently looking to develop an accommodation offer – please advise whether you require this at the time of application.

All applicants must be available to attend the following audition, rehearsal and performance dates at the Coventry Evening Telegraph Building on Corporation Street, opposite the Belgrade Theatre:

  • Saturday 28th April – 10.30am–5.30pm – Audition
  • Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June, 9.30am-6pm – Rehearsal
  • Monday 25th – Friday 29th June, , 9.30am-6pm – Rehearsal
  • Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July, full days – Tech/Dress Run (times TBC)
  • Monday 9th July – Saturday 14th July, full days – Dress/Performances (times TBC)

To register your interest in the position, please email a one-page CV and photograph (for recognition) to [email protected], outlining the training you have done as part of your course along with any additional experience, and confirmation that you are available for all the dates listed above. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th April.


Read All About It runs at the Coventry Evening Telegraph building from Tuesday 10 until Saturday 14 July. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or by visiting www.belgrade.co.uk, where prices are even cheaper.