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"We're only actors, aren't we? Bring us on when you need us. Put words in our mouths. Then send us home and forget us. But some of us, we watch, we think."
One of the Actors in The Satyricon

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We're casting a group of 12 actors to bring our many characters to life in a full-on spectacle that will continually entertain, surprise and challenge the audience.

The initial run will be on a thrust stage in the Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th October 2022, with two performances on the last day.

The whole cast will be onstage throughout the two-act performance portraying aspects of the scene even when they are not the focus of the action.

To fully understand the play and get a flavour of the script, candidates should look through this website and download script extracts here; other scenes may be used in the auditions.

5 Characters
all male, but we are open to gender-blind casting
Petronius: 35+, patrician
Trimalchio: 35+, boor
Ascyltos: early 20s, fighter, drinker
Encolpius: early 20s, would-be intellectual
Giton: 16, appears innocent (actor must be at least 18)

7 Actors
Each Actor portrays several roles, often gender-blind. These include Agamemnon the orator, Lichas the ship's captain and his crew, Eumolpus the lecherous poet, priestesses and their worshippers, slaves, rich women, stallholders, crowd members, a soldier, constable, brothel clients, an innkeeper and more.

For Characters and Actors we're looking for enthusiastic ensemble actors as follows:
Quirky look
18 - 80
could be an advantage
what can you do as well as act?

Auditions will be held in ART / St Margaret's House, London Rd, EH7 6AE

Slot 1: 4 June, 2pm-3.30pm
Slot 2: 4 June, 3.30pm-5pm
Slot 3: 5 June, 2pm-3.30pm
Slot 4: 5 June, 3.30pm-5pm

pre-Covid 2020 workshop
Encolpius, Giton & Ascyltos

December 2021 workshop:
Encolpius is discovered by women worshippers

February 2022 workshop
all at sea & Encolpius ensnared

March 2022 workshop
Petronius & the Innkeeper:
four takes on a short scene

If you cannot make these audition dates we may be able to see you another time - persuade us by email that you are so fabulous we can't do without you.

Auditions will take the form of several candidates creating scenes together. Candidates must book a slot in advance by emailing petronius @ thesatyricon . uk then turn up on time to complete a registration form and indicate which role(s) they are interested in. The director / assistant director will allocate scripts and ensure each candidate auditions in two different scenes. Movement and expression will be as important as speech - loose comfortable clothing is therefore essential. The whole process including registration will take no more than 90 minutes.

Last minute candidates may be seen if there are spaces available.

Rehearsals will begin on Saturday 11 June and be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2pm - 5pm) and Thursday evenings (7pm - 10pm) until the end of July; on Saturday afternoons only in August; on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and alternating Wednesday and Thursday evenings in September. Rehearsals will alternate between Buccleuch Place (near George Square), George IV Bridge and London Road.

Rehearsals are scheduled to allow cast to audition for / act in other productions, particularly the Fringe. Reasonable cast absences will be factored in up to the end of August but all actors must be available for all September rehearsals and all performance dates. Full details will be available at the auditions.

Sexual activity is central to the plot of The Satyricon and the audience will be restricted to 16+.
There will be no nudity (some males may be bare-chested at times) but actors must be comfortable with close physical contact.


With a cast of twelve onstage at all times, a moveable set and a wide range of props used by dozens of different characters, The Satyricon needs a strong backstage team, with a focused stage manager, assistant and stagehands. Want to join us? Get in touch.

We regret that cast and crew members will be unpaid during this initial run.
For all involved The Satyricon will be a showcase for the public and the many theatre professionals who will be invited to attend.

Martin Foreman: writer & director

Martin has won several awards as a playwright and director and critical acclaim for his dramas and comedies. These include his one-woman play, Sunset, J B Priestley's The Rose and Crown, his revised version of Ben Jonson's Volpone, and his version of Death in Venice, Death on the Lido (aka Tadzio Speaks), that views the classic story from the beautiful youth's eyes. He is also the author of two novels and two short story collections.

Junior Cross: assistant director

Junior Cross has acted in many theatre productions in her native Argentina, including Mujeres al final de la noche and Del miedo y sus racinos, as well as taking part in music videos, short films and many Cafe-Concerts in the Buenos Aires independent scene. Since moving to Scotland in 2017, she has been involved in TV, short film and theatre projects. These include Casanova Dreaming, as several of the rake's lovers, and assistant director on an award-winning production of Mike Bartlett's Bull, both produced by Arbery Theatre.

Gordon Hughes: lighting

Gordon started doing lighting and other back stage jobs when at school, and spent his latter school and early university years assisting with productions at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, before moving to Edinburgh and working in most of the Edinburgh theatres, including the Kings Theatre, Festival Theatre and Usher Hall. This has included almost 45 years of lighting shows for EGTG, as well as other Edinburgh theatre, musical and opera groups. He has lit 4 EGTG productions which have won the SCDA Eastern Divisional Full Length play festival, and won an award from the Edinburgh Playhouse for services to amateur drama.

4 & 5 June 2022

4 October 2022

First Night
5 October 2022



petronius @ thesatyricon . uk

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