Liverpool Biennial Open Call Out For Local Young Performers

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. Photo by Emil Chairliff.
THE ninth edition of Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest visual arts festival, is taking place across the city from 9 July to 16 October 2016 – and if you are aged 14 or under, you could have a unique part in it. Leading artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial to stage a brand new production called Dogsy Ma Bone. The Turner Prize-nominated artist is looking for aspiring actors, dancers and singers from the local area to audition and perform in it. The production – a visual arts project inspired by the Betty Boop animation, A Song For A Day (1936), and Bertolt Brecht’s 1928 production, The Threepenny Opera – is a major commission for Liverpool Biennial 2016. For the first time, children are working together with artists and curators to create new artworks and exhibitions for the festival. Betty Boop’s A Song For A Day is set in an animal hospital, where each animal has an appropriate ailment. Meet the giraffe with the pain in his neck or the herring who is pickled. Morale at the hospital is low until Professor Gramp comes to the rescue with a song and dance to cure the blues. The Threepenny Opera is Brecht’s adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera and features a ‘king of the beggars’, whose daughter secretly marries the famous local highwayman. As the family try to capture him, and many more women claim to be married to him, action and adventure ensue, culminating in a dramatic finale. Young people from the local area, aged 14 and under, are being invited to audition for key roles in the production, which includes both animals and people. Hopefuls will be asked to demonstrate their talent (singing, dancing or acting) and perform a song from the production, either A Song A Day by Betty Boop or The Ballad of Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd said: “The ‘razzy’ lust for life in these two productions makes me think of Liverpool. I am looking for cheeky young actors, singers, performers and dancers to reimagine the songs, script and sets of these iconic works.” Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial: “This is a very exciting project for us and a great opportunity for local young people to work directly with Marvin Gaye Chetwynd on a  major commission.” Applicants must be available for rehearsals over the May half term (Sunday 29 May to Friday 3 June) and there will be a live performance on 11 and 12 June. Auditions are taking place on Sunday 1 May from 10am to 5pm at The Black-E (1 Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW). For more information and to register your interest, visit www.biennial.com/marvincallout or call 0151 203 3585