Could you be a Princess in Northumberland?

Peter Lathan

Alnwick-based Northumberland Theatre Company is looking for a trainee to play the Princess in its Christmas touring show The Princess and the Goblin.

NTC has always nurtured new talent within the region and for years operated the InterAct scheme, in which six individuals would have a year-long, fully paid apprenticeship with NTC and other professional touring theatre companies and practitioners.

However, the company is no longer an Arts Council NPO and has had to modify its training ambitions. Its Trainee Scheme now gives one trainee per show the opportunity to tour with NTC, bridging the gap between training and working professionally and giving the trainee the opportunity to experience what it's actually like to work within the industry, whilst also being offered support and being mentored every step of the way. The position is also fully paid and accommodation is provided throughout.

The Princess and the Goblin, written by by George MacDonald, adapted by NTC's Karen Hirst and directed by Louis Roberts, tells the story of Princess Irene who is to be the bride of the goblin king's son—but unfortunately he hasn't actually asked her yet.

It’s an adventure about the goblin’s attempts to steal away the princess and her success in avoiding them, with a lot of help from Curdie, the miner's son, and her mysterious great-great-grandmother, whom no-one else can see...

It’s a story about growing up, making friends and the importance of family, with song, dance and some fun along the way told in NTC's fast-paced, physical style.

The Princess and the Goblin contract runs from 7 November 2017 until 21 January 2018. Auditions for the part of the Princess will be taking place at the company’s studio theatre at The Alnwick Playhouse on Monday 7 August, with the deadline for applications being Monday 31 July.

Successful applicants will need to prepare two contrasting speeches and an unaccompanied song.

To apply, e-mail a headshot, CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested to