Audition Notice: The Bone Feeder

Job details

Renee Liang and Lauren Jackson
24 Jun 2011
Work type
Work classification
Performing Arts


The play

After a successful CNZ-funded workshop in December 2010, The Bone Feeder opens at TAPAC in November 2011.

The Bone Feeder is a 90 minute play based on a contemporary reworking of the historical sinking of the SS Ventnor.  In 1902 the coffins of 499 Chinese sojourners from Otago and Wellington, being repatriated to their home towns in China, were lost near the Hokianga Harbour.  The play follows the trials of a young man called Ben who seeks to find the lost bones of his great great grandfather, Kwan and to bring them home. Kwan’s story as an immigrant from China is also explored.

Audition workshop

Audition workshop to be held at PIPA (The Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Unitec Campus, Mt Albert) on Monday 4 July from 6pm – 9pm. The auditionees will be part of a fun workshop-style audition that will involve games, improvisation and script work. They will be required for the whole evening. Refreshments will be provided in the break.


The characters we are looking to cast are:

Ben – a Chinese-Kiwi, aged 20

Wang – a Chinese miner in his 50s or 60s (but can be played by someone younger)

Dan – a Chinese miner in his 30s, capable of fast physicality.


These are paid roles, but the rate of pay is yet to be advised.

We will also be casting a chorus of performers. These roles are unpaid.


Rehearsals will be part-time over two months (two weeknights and all day Saturdayeach week, starting week of September 5) with a full time production week.

The season runs 7 – 20 November.

Creative team

The creative team is comprised of Renee Liang (writer / producer), Lauren Jackson (director) and musicians Andrew Correa, Jessica Tsai, Xiyao Chen and Rikki Bennett. Other cast members are Rob Mokoraka and Willie Ying (martial arts choreographer).


Applicants please send your CV and description of your relevant performance experience to  Lauren and Renee: no later than Friday 24th June at 5pm

Key skills

This is a physically exciting show so we are seeking fit, adaptable actors open to learning stunt work / martial arts / choreography / puppetry. For the miners, singing skills are an advantage.

How to apply

Lauren and Renee:

Written by

Renee Liang

15 Jun 2011

Renee is a writer who is exploring many ways of telling stories, including plays, short stories, poetry (which she also performs), and cross-genre collaborations with composers, musicians, sculptors and filmmakers.