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Heather Porte and Kate Spencer perform on stage at FloFest

Mind the Monsters | Oxford Playhouse Plays Out Tent tour 2023

Credit: Geraint Lewis
The Playhouse Plays Out Tent is back on tour this summer, with a fabulous new play for all the family - Story Seekers by Tristan Jackson-Pate.

Following an around the world research trip, two story seekers return to Oxford, both hoping to secure the same job at the local university. Each story seeker hopes to show off their best skills to win the role. One likes to tell stories through music and words, whilst the other enjoys images and acting.

Story Seekers is an interactive, colourful whirlwind of international stories, music and comedy, touring to rural schools and community venues across Oxfordshire throughout June and July.

The play this year is Story Seekers, a new piece commissioned by Oxford Playhouse, made for ages 4 – 11 and their families, written by Tristan Jackson-Pate and directed by Amelia Thornber. The piece centres around the theme of teamwork, especially within the context of multiculturalism, with lots of magic and storytelling brought by two actor musicians! Fun, energetic and fast-paced, this show aims to connect with young audiences in an authentic way, helping them connect with their own wellbeing and creativity.

Applications are now open for our Playhouse Plays Out Tent tour.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for two performers to form our cast of two characters, each with their own individual requirements...

Storyteller 1: Should be a skilled physical performer, ideally with clown training. They do not need to be a musician, but if they’re able to play an instrument to a basic level (in the script it is suggested that they play a drone instrument, a harmonium for example), that could be incorporated.

Storyteller 2: Should be a skilled musician, ideally a multi-instrumentalist who can underscore their speech with music. Portable and acoustic instruments are desirable.

The two performers should also have the following experience and skills:


  • Applicant must be aged 18 or over.
  • Experience of working in theatre for children and young people
  • Experience with physical theatre / movement
  • Multi-roling experience
  • A playful and collaborative approach
  • Confident singing onstage
  • Comfortable with a musical instrument
  • Valid Enhanced DBS


  • Confidence with multiple musical instruments
  • Experience in comedy and clowning
  • Experience in improvisation
  • Based within Oxfordshire
  • Artists whose first language isn't English


Deadline: Wednesday 10 April 2024, 12 noon.

Auditions for shortlisted performers will take place at Oxford Playhouse on Thursday 25 April 2024.

We will contact all applicants to let them know whether they have been successful in getting an audition.

Show information:

Run: 6 weeks, Tuesday 4 June – Sunday 14 July 2024

Rehearsals: Monday 20 May – Sunday 2 June 2023

The performance will last approx. 50 minutes and run for two-three performances per day, four days a week.

Fee: £550 per week.

How to apply:

Deadline for application Wednesday 10 April, 12 noon. (We reserve the right to close the application process early if we receive sufficient applications. Early applications are strongly encouraged).

To apply, please email [email protected] with the following information:
  • A short self-tape of yourself telling a short children’s story, this is a chance to show-off your storytelling skills.
  • A recent headshot
  • A Spotlight link, if you have one.
  • If you do not have a Spotlight link, please send us your Acting CV.
  • For this tour, you will be required to have an Enhanced DBS. Please let us know if you have one already and when it was last checked.
  • Please complete the online Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (please note, all information provided remains anonymous and is used for monitoring purposes only).

We particularly encourage applications from artists currently under-represented in our work, including performers from the global majority, performers in the LGBTQIA+ community, disabled and neurodiverse performers, and performers from traditionally working-class backgrounds.

Oxford Playhouse is committed to ensuring our workforce, audience and artists truly reflect the city and region we live in. We believe diversity in our workforce is vital for our continued success and ability to attract artists, collaborators, and audiences from diverse backgrounds, with a range of experience.

Oxford Playhouse will support any Access requirements you may have during this process, and if you are selected, will discuss any adjustments to the role.

If you require any Access support relating to the application process, or require further information, please contact [email protected] with the subject “Story Seekers application support.”

We look forward to hearing from you!