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Holes – Young Company Auditions Coming Up!

Posted on: 12th May, 2021

Our summer production is back and we need you! 

We’re looking for young people with a passion for theatre to be a part of the young company for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ summer production of Holes

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the inmates build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. They are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Louis Sachar’s multi-million bestselling novel is adapted for the stage by the author himself in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Written by Louis Sachar

Directed by Owen Calvert-Lyons and Hayley Murrow

Designed by Amelia Jane Hankin


Now in its fourth year, this programme provides young people with the unique opportunity to experience the hard work that goes into making a theatre production, whilst working alongside professional actors and a team of industry professionals. 

He made lots of really good new friends who had the same interests, grew in confidence and learnt new skills including; set production, direction, working with professional actors, backstage coordination and generally the hard work that goes into a production. He still feels it’s one of the best things he has ever been involved with,” parent of previous participant from Goodnight Mister Tom, 2018. 


We are looking for young people aged 12-19 to be in the cast. You don’t need any previous experience, just an interest in performing and a passion to learn something new. 

We are also offering up to 4 young people aged 16-19 the opportunity to be a part of the young crew, working backstage amongst our dynamic technical team.  

Fee: £200

A limited number of bursary places are available for this programme. Applications for a bursary place can be made following a successful audition.

To apply, please follow the link below and fill out the digital application form. Auditions will be held on Tue 1 June at Theatre Royal. Further details will be provided once your application has been submitted. 



If you have any questions, please email engagement@theatreroyal.org

Summer School Supported by Bury St Edmunds Town Council.


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