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Auditions (Calgary): iRobot Theatre – Swallow-A-Bicycle

Auditions (Calgary): iRobot Theatre – Swallow-A-Bicycle

AUDITIONS CALL (Calgary) – i-ROBOT Theatre @ Beakerhead

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre will hold auditions for i-ROBOT Theatre:

February 28 – 6pm-10pm
March 2/3 – 10am-6pm
March 4 – Callbacks – 6pm-10pm

Character List Follows

April 2013-September 2013

– April 20/21: Weekend Creative Development Workshop
– May 18/19: Weekend Creative Development Workshop
– June 22/23: Weekend Creative Development Workshop
– July 20/21: Weekend Creative Development Workshop
– August 17-September 2: Part time rehearsal.
– September 3-10: Full time rehearsal
– September 11-22: Performance Run

Remuneration: An Honorarium will be provided


This September, Swallow-a-Bicycle presents i-ROBOT Theatre, a two-act original production performed in an industrial warehouse-style space. i-ROBOT Theatre integrates performance and cutting edge technology to create live science fiction. It will be part of Beakerhead, a citywide spectacle of arts and engineering.

The play explores a near-future world heavily populated with robots. The show uses technology to ask philosophical questions on the nature of identity and autonomy. The show is a re-working and retelling of the original 2011 production that received rave reviews. This version will be developed to be bigger, bolder and integrate more technology.

To apply, please email your headshot and resume, along with the character(s) you would like to read for and preferred audition times, to Kelsey Ledbury at

Audition Notes:

– A prepared monologue is not required, but if you wish you may perform 1 contemporary monologue no longer than 2 minutes. Cold read material will be provided.
– Callbacks will include group work.
– For call backs Actors are required the full duration of 6pm-10pm on March 4.

*Please note i-ROBOT Theatre will be a highly experimental and collaborative process. Aside from assigned characters, actors will be part of a group ensemble and the second half of the play will be highly physical in nature. Dance and/or physical theatre experience is not a pre-requisite; comfort working physically and an openness to physical improvisation is a prerequisite. Actors may also be employed as puppeteers; no puppet experience is necessary beyond a willingness to learn.

Character Descriptions (Some roles are double cast)

Wife – Female. 23-30. Top of the line android prototype. Very realistic but cannot completely pass as human.
Jonathan – Male. 25-30. Human. Programmer. Book smart, passionate, hardworking. Treats robots with some respect but ultimately does not view them as equals.
Humidifier – Female or male. 20-40. Household Robot. Innocent at first. Takes corporeal form in the second act.
Heaven Android Robots #1, #2, #3 – Male or female. 20-50. Newly created, little experience and very naive. Learning about the world.
Builderbot – Large industrial robot with revolutionary tendencies. Will be a multi-piece puppet.
President – Female. 30-45. CEO of DreamCorp, the world’s largest robot manufacturing company. Confident, used to getting her way. Expects obedience.
Siegfried – Junkyard Robot. Built from the scraps of discarded and outdated robots. Dangerous. (Will be a puppet)
Snotra – Junkyard Robot. Built from the scraps of discarded and outdated robots. Dangerous. (Will be a puppet)

Check out the i-ROBOT Theatre trailer:

Beakerhead information:

For questions or more information, contact Kelsey Ledbury at

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