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Young Performers Wanted for a New Film by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial 2016 is taking place across the city from 9 July to 16 October – and if you are aged 14 or under, you could have a unique part in it.

Leading artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial to stage a brand new production called Dogsy Ma Bone. The Turner Prize-nominated artist is looking for precocious young actors, singers, cheeky performers, dancers and show-offs from the local area to audition and perform in it.

The production – a visual arts project inspired by the Betty Boop animation, A Song For A Day (1936), and Bertolt Brecht’s 1928 production, The Threepenny Opera – is a major commission for Liverpool Biennial 2016. For the first time, children are working together with artists and curators to create new artworks and exhibitions for the festival.

A Song For A Day is set in an animal hospital, where song and dance can cure the blues and The Threepenny Opera is Brecht’s adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera and featuring a ‘king of the beggars’, whose daughter secretly marries the local famous highwayman. Roles include Nurse Betty, Professor Grampy, animals such as Billy Goat and Mr Woodpecker as well as theives and outlaws.


Sunday 1 May, 10am – 5pm

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Along with a performance you love that best shows your talent (be it singing, dancing or acting), you’ll have 10 minutes to perform either A Song A Day by Betty Boop or The Ballad of Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera.

You need to be 14 or under to apply. All performance abilities welcome.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis from registration. We will be in touch with those that have registered to give exact time slots no later than Monday 25 April.

Children attending the audition should be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.


If you have any questions, contact or call 0151 203 3585.

Please note you must be available for rehearsals in Liverpool over the May half-term holidays: Sunday 29 May – Friday 3 June. The final performance takes place on 11 and 12 June.

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