Casting call: The Velveteen Rabbit


Quirk Theatre are looking for 3 Exeter/ South West based performers and performer/musicians of any gender, aged 18+, to join the ensemble for their new ACE funded, family Christmas production- an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit.


We’re looking for good ensemble players with a healthy sense of the ridiculous, able to multi-role in a fast-paced and playful environment, willing to generate ideas in the rehearsal room and contribute to the creation of the show. Must be able to improvise and be comfortable with audience participation. Puppetry experience is an advantage.


A strong singing voice is also desirable but not essential.


Please notify us if you play any instruments. 


** Quirk are committed to diverse casting, so welcome applications from all performers. Please let us know if you have any access needs in order to attend an audition. **



About Quirk Theatre 

Quirk Theatre are headed into their 17th year of producing a family Christmas show at Exeter Phoenix, and more recently at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington. Witty, playful and often anarchic, Quirk pride themselves on devising original work with a social conscience, offering a meaningful alternative to pantomime. 

About the production 

Alice knows what she’s going to get for Christmas this year (and EVERY year) because it’s always, always, always the same: 

Socks from Granny Margie, hankies from Uncle Graham, fluffy pyjamas from the Jones cousins and bath smellies from Aunt Betty. And this year, to make matters worse, a parcel has arrived from a long lost relative and inside is a ratty old rabbit toy. Of course, Alice isn’t complaining. Presents are great (obvs). But Alice is growing up and sometimes she feels that her family hasn’t noticed. 

Join Alice and the Velveteen Rabbit on a heart warming adventure as they explore what it means to love and be loved. A magical portrayal of growing up, moving on and not letting go by Quirk Theatre, full of heart, hilarity and a sprinkling of the miraculous. 


£481 per week or £100 for individual days worked.


How to apply

Please send a CV, headshot and cover letter detailing your suitability in relation to the person specification above to by 5pm, Friday 5th July.


Auditions will take place in Exeter on Thursday 18th July.

You will be notified of audition no later than Friday 12th July.


PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST BE BASED IN, OR HAVE A BASE IN, EXETER or be able to cover own travel WITHIN THE SOUTH WEST. We will not consider applications from performers based outside the Exeter/commutable area, so please state this clearly in your application.


If you have any questions contact our company director, Simon, on




Wednesday November 6th - Friday November 29th


The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington 

Get in tech and dress: Dec 2nd & 3rd



4th December - 7th December


Exeter Phoenix

Get in tech and dress: Dec 9th & 10th



11 Dec 10am & 1pm

12 Dec 10am & 1pm

13 Dec 10am & 1pm

16 Dec 10am & 1pm

17 Dec 10am & 1pm

18 Dec       10am & 1pm 



15 Dec      2pm & 4.30pm

21 Dec      2pm & 4.30pm

22 Dec 2pm & 4.30pm

23 Dec 2pm & 4.30pm

24 Dec 2pm & 4.30pm

28 Dec       2pm & 4.30pm



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