Open Call Rhino

Tinderbox are casting six performers for their Autumn 2023 production: ‘Rhino’ (a new adaptation of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco). Tinderbox employ in accordance with Equity rates of pay and regulation. We will be prioritising talent local to Northern Ireland.

The six performers must have strong experience in movement, physical theatre, devising and improvisational skills. Desirable skills include collaborative ensemble play and devising from previously existing texts. Ensemble roles will not be gender specific, and we aim to have an equal balance across the cast and creative team for production. Auditions will take place in groups.

To be considered for a group audition, please send an expression of interest and CV to Please include evidence of familiarity with Tinderbox’s ethos and history of ensemble collaboration and devising work.

Deadline for Submissions: 22nd May at 4pm

Workshop style auditions will take place 13th & 14th June.

The workshops will last 20-30 minutes. We will send you a short extract of the work to read but there are no requirements to prepare or learn sides. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for movement purposes.

Rehearsals: w/c 18th September for 4 weeks Production: w/c 16th October for 2 weeks

Due to budgetary constraints, we cannot pay accommodation or travel fees therefore performers should be based in Belfast (or reasonable commuting distance) for rehearsals and production run. As we are a small organisation, we have limited resources. We will make the effort to invite 40 performers for the audition process.

We are committed to diverse and inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, colour, national origin, ethnic origin, gender and sexuality or any other basis otherwise specifically indicated.


Rhinoceros is a play by Eugene Ionesco, written in 1959. The play was included in Martin Esslin’s study of post-war Avant-Garde drama study of The Theatre of the Absurd.
A boozing young man in love with his co-worker finds that everyone around him, even his pompous and condescending best friend, is changing into a rhinoceros.
The original absurdist work by Ionesco told tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses, perhaps symbolising fascism and right-wing opinions and attitudes.

Please contact for more information:

Artistic Director:

Associate Director:

Casting Director:

Funded by Arts Council NI