Auditions in Bexley for actors to join Olympic event

PUBLISHED: 17:28 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:17 19 June 2012

Actors  Robert Gosling and  BOATE founder Hugh Wootton

Actors Robert Gosling and BOATE founder Hugh Wootton


The British Open Arts Theatre events (BOATE) - formerly a Bexley-based company - were chosen to represent the Greenwich Arts Council in performing at London 2012 and are holding auditions to boost the cast.

Successful applicants will perform at the O2, Greenwich Park and Woolwich Common throughout July, August and September. “It is probably one of the biggest profiles they could ever get,” said BOATE founder Hugh Wootton, of Riverside Road in Sidcup. “If the actors are doing it well on the street then they will get noticed.”

Actors will perform five minute monologues from Shakespeare’s comedies and also providing hysterical one-liners to audience members who dare put money in the “Shakespeare swear box”.

“We will literally be going around members of the public embarrassing them,” said Mr Wootton.

Actors will not be paid and a percentage of earnings will towards muscular dystrophy charity Action Duchenne which is supported by BOATE.

Mr Wootton’s four-year-son Nicholas was diagnosed with the debilitating disease two years ago.

Auditions will be held on Saturday June 23 at St James’ Church, The Bothy, Sidcup between 10am 12pm and on July 7 and 8 at the Danson Festival. Each applicant should bring along one of their favourite Shakespeare monologues or speeches. Training and support will be given to successful actors.

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