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the breaths in between

audition brief




Eleven O’Clock Theatre (11OC) is an independent Production Company committed to providing a platform for the development of new Australian musical theatre, and exploring musical theatre through a new or radical lens. 11OC is dedicated to supporting, challenging and uplifting the Australian musical theatre community in a manner that sits in line with the following core principles:

  • Diversity, Inclusivity and Access

  • Communication and Understanding

  • Professional Development

  • Respect


More information about 11OC and its core principles in the Eleven O’Clock Theatre 2021 Mission Statement

About the Project


Project Outline

The Breaths in Between is a new musical development that asks what is missing from our theatre stages when it comes to stories of love and connection*. We want to explore how we can tell stories in  ways that expand the musical theatre canon and, in doing so, create moments of familiarity, movement and response in individuals who do not often see their experiences represented on musical theatre stages. We are specifically looking at telling stories about people who are LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Q*eer, Intersex and Asexual), BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour), disabled, neurodiverse and/or have diverse body types, as we feel these are areas where musical theatre lacks representation and nuance.


*Stories of love and connection could explore the connection between partners, lovers, friends, family or one’s connection with themselves.


Development Process

The Breaths in Between has brought together 10 writers and composers from Victoria and New South Wales who have worked together over the last couple of months to develop the foundation of a new musical project. Each week, the group has focused on a different musical construct, ranging from ‘I Want’ songs to intersectional narratives, and developed a monologue, song or scene in response to each session. The pieces they have created will form the basis of  the work, which will be developed with the actors into the beginnings of a concept musical.


The pieces that our writers have explored so far cover a range of themes, including but not limited to:

  • LGBTQIA+ coming of age, exploration and relationships

  • neurodiversity in relationships

  • intersectional relationships

  • physical disability

  • gender identity and presentation

  • mental health and therapy

  • family dynamics and sibling relationships

  • sex work


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic and innovative performers who are passionate about storytelling, development and representation. Our actors will work closely with our creative team and writers to workshop material from the initial development process into a new concept musical. We are looking for people who believe in the potential of musical theatre to tell new stories about love and connection, and are excited by the idea of shaping a new musical.


Given the nature of the project, we are specifically looking for performers who do not feel adequately represented by mainstream musical theatre, including people who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Q*eer, Intersex and Asexual), BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour), disabled, neurodiverse and/or have diverse body types.



Audition and Selection Process


Key Dates Summary 


Rehearsals will take place in Naarm (Melbourne) 

Audition and Selection Period: 14 July - 1 August 2021

Auditions close: 20 July 2021

Callbacks: 24th July 2021

Development with Actors: 2 August - 4 October 2021

Anticipated Presentation Season: 18 October - 23 October 2021 (final dates TBC)


How to Audition


To audition please fill out this google form and submit a video of you singing a 60-90 second cut of any song you think best represents you and what you can bring to this project.


The creative team will review all auditions and notify you by 5pm Thursday 22 July if we would like to see you for a callback. Callbacks will be workshop-based and will be an opportunity for the creative team to learn more about you and what you could bring to this project. The exact location with access instructions will be sent through with your invitation to attend.


We would love to discuss your audition with you! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at or message us on Facebook (@Eleven O’Clock Theatre) or Instagram (@elevenoclocktheatre). 


Submissions close on 20 July at 11.59pm


NOTE: if you are unable to submit your audition by this date, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.


Profit Share

Actors will be compensated through a profit-share arrangement. 

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