Casting Call Out – Elf Christmas

23 Oct ’20

We are looking to cast four performers to play the parts of the Elves for a week in the run up to Christmas.

Theatre Hullabaloo

The doors of The Hullabaloo remain closed over Christmas, but because Santa knows that it’s such a special place where we’re used to making magic, he’s asked if he can send down four of his elves to create a regional packing depot of the National Elf Service at The Hullabaloo, so he can be sure that all the toys reach children in Darlington on Christmas Eve.


We are looking to cast four performers to play the parts of the Elves for a week in the run up to Christmas. The Elves will be busy elfing about behind the windows of The Hullabaloo each day, which will be transformed into a magical festive packing depot.

The Elves will also be the stars of ElfCam and will be engaged in a variety of other Christmas Hullabaloo activities as we attempt to make a blended offer of digital and live magic to engage our audiences.

We are looking for four experienced physical performers, who are confident improvisers and ideally have training or experience in clowning. The performers will work with our artistic team to develop character sketches, storyboards and some set pieces, but our elves are non-verbal and much of the daily ‘elfing’ will require performers to be confident at delivering improvised material around an agreed idea in the space.

The material will be devised and developed through a hybrid process of online sharing and socially distanced rehearsal and filming. We will work closely with everyone in the process to ensure that social distance and Covid secure practice is in place.


 Application deadline: 31st October 2020

Auditions (via Zoom): 6th & 9th November 2020

Character Development Workshop (3 hours): w/c 16th November (tbc)

Rehearsals: 15th & 16th December 2020, 9.30am – 5.30pm

Live Installation: 17th – 23rd December (9.30am call for 10am – 2pm live work. There may be other activities and recording to complete after 2pm on some days)

Venue : The Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Our building is fully accessible.

 Fee: £950 per performer to include all prep and the ‘live installation’ days.   

We are actively looking to increase the diversity of the actors we work with and particularly encourage applications from disabled performers and artists of colour.

You must be a North East artist based within 25 miles of The Hullabaloo. We are open to applications from performers of any age and all genders.

Due to the circumstances of the work, we will also look favourably on applications from performers living in the same household and those not dependent on public transport to attend the venue (although please contact us if you have access needs which means that you are usually dependent on public transport as we will meet costs of alternative transportation if we decide to employ you).


To apply, please send a short email outlining your relevant training and experience to info@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk and create a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) responding to the following brief;-

It is the Eve of Christmas Eve. The last post to guarantee a Christmas Day delivery is leaving very, very soon. You’ve finished all the wrapping for Santa but wait, you’ve forgotten about YOUR special gift for YOUR special person. It’s time to get wrapping…

These roles focus solely on the performers physicality and so spoken text is not needed.

Deadline for applications is 31st October, 5pm.

Please do not send hard copies as they will not be considered.

If you have any questions about how to apply or would like to discuss making an application in an alternative format, please contact Miranda Thain, Artistic Producer, mirandathain@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk.

Theatre Hullabaloo is a specialist producer of theatre for young audiences and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.