Audition Pack – General Voice Actors
FOLKLORE is a fictional mystery horror podcast that explores the strange and unusual events surrounding Wiltshire legends and folklore. The podcast follows host, Tamsin Wheatley, as she explores the contents of a series of cassette tapes featuring recordings by Professor Henry Kneale from the 1980s, and reinvestigates their contents now in 2020.
As well as these two protagonists, we’re looking for a host of interesting characters to people this world, to be the subjects of Kneale and Wheatley’s investigations, to be witnesses, to be folklore experts, or any intriguing locals …
We’re looking for voice actors who would welcome the experience of a free place on this Arts Council funded project to excercise their talents.
Although not essential, it would be a bonus if you are willing to work with us to workshop the dialogue of any character you play, to make their voice your own, and thus create a genuinely believable performance.
If you have a showreel or particular performance you’d like us to watch or listen to, please send us a link using the form below.
Alternatively, you could read and record the following story and either send us a link or upload it:
In 1535, King Henry VIII stayed at Wolfhall Manor in Burbage, Wiltshire. It was here that he met Jane Seymour, who would later become his ‘true wife’ and produce him a son and heir. It is said that following their wedding in London, Henry and Jane held a wedding feast in the barn at Wolfhall. Jane sadly passed away 12 days after giving birth to their son, Edward, and was laid to rest in Windsor, where Henry himself was later buried. Despite her dying in London, it is said that her ghost returned to her familial home and haunts the woods surrounding the manor. In the 1920s, the barn where they held their wedding feast was burned down and sightings of Jane Seymour became more prevalent. There are also reports of a headless horsewoman haunting the forest. A young woman was out for a ride when her horse bolted, and the young woman was decapitated by a low branch. Some people walk through the countryside to try and spot either of the ghosts, and a few locals report an unnerving sense of sadness whenever they visit the area. Young Henry Kneale visited Wolfhall Manor to try and see the ghosts for himself, and also managed to interview a few people who lived nearby, although he was unable to reach the owners of the house in the 1980s.
Please feel free to do this in whatever way you prefer. For example, you might:
- read it just as it is
- rewrite it using your character’s own style of language
- read, digest, and then recount the story off the top of your head
It’s the quality of the performance we’re interested in. How convincing is the character? How interesting are they?
Thank you for your interest in this project! We’re excited to hear what you have to offer!