AARRRGH Banned
#1

Hello

A friend of mine, with limited acting experience, would like to get on Fair City. If possible he would like this to be a recurring role.

Does anyone know where he should start, who he should apply to, or what he needs to do?

Thanks

athtrasna Waaaaaaaaaay across!
#2

Get some more experience perhaps? I know people in/who've been in FC and they were all picked from being active on the amateur circuit.

A letter to RTE enquiring about extras work maybe but with limited experience his chance of getting a speaking role are nil to non existant!

fletch Registered User
#3

Could try movieextras.ie

Demonique Registered User
#4

Er, why would anyone WANT to be on this show?

I'm in a performing arts course and everyone hates Fair City, we call it Fairly (rude word that rhymes with City)


I know someone who's going to have a recurring role on the show and she says she hates the show too

seamus Dental Plan!
#5

Yep, people generally get picked up because they're active on the amateur circuit and get to know someone involved in the show.

It's good for exposure on the Irish scene, but only in the "That's yer wan from Fair City" regard. Few actors get to properly show off their talents because they often only have enough cash to do one or two takes, regardless of how crap.

inisboffin Registered User
#6

In fairness ('scuse the pun! ), whatever you think of the show, MANY of the actors making regular appearances are accomplished stage/film actors in their own right. Anna Manahan for example is one of Ireland's most established actors (and YES she has done work in other countries).

I would send a CV and photo to casting dept for the show (hunt a bit for it!)
Much of the Fair City casting is via agents.

TEDDYBEAR90 Registered User
#7

you should join get in touch with movieextras or backstage casting.
Small fee to join movie extras but nice people to work for and good fun. Good luck

jojo12 Registered User
#8

Getting into fair city has nothing whatsoever to do with "acting" as very few of the cast can act, acting is something you do on stage in front of a live audience .so you dont need to be able to act , you just need to be in the know! I suggest you join a drama group and get real experience on the stage!

Delphi91 Registered User
#9

jojo12 said:
...acting is something you do on stage in front of a live audience...


I think you've just singlehandedly closed down Hollywood!!

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jojo12 Registered User
#10

well i dont think both fair city and hollywood can be really mentioned in the same sentence when it comes to acting, I mean the latter has had some real good actors tru its doors, particularly the Irish ones! but it has had its share of planks too !

AbitDramatic Registered User
#11

Delphi91 said:
I think you've just singlehandedly closed down Hollywood!!



I dont think that they closed down Hollywood in the aspect of acting that she was talking about. A lot of people feel that acting on Film or Camera isn't just about acting (as it mostly is in theatre...) it is who you know etc etc. But also the quality of acting doesn't have to be so genuine- as it does with stage. A lot can be done with editing etc...

Also... I couldnt imagine acting without being able to feed off of the audience... Anyway... just a thought =D.
And personally as an "actor" I wouldn't touch Fair City. But that might just be because Im a snob...... Some of the actors in it are quite good when they do theatre work though =D

Fries-With-That Registered User
#12

Just a comment on previous posts.

Fair City isn't the best drama programme on tv by a long shot but it does have a few things worth mentioning.

Its home produced.
It gives actors a chance be they good bad or indifferent.
It provides employment and experience for many people that might have to travel elsewhere for it. (set decorators costume make up etc etc)
It gives script writers editors producers directors etc etc a chance to hone their skills before moving on to something else.

And to the "actors" that claim they wouldn't be interested in a part on the show I think thats a cop out, If you're so good or you're better than the existing cast (that operate on a low budget) why not try and get on the show and dazzle everyone with your skills.

I'll bet if any actor was offered a part they'd take it with both hands because of the exposure it would give them.

And finally a question does anyone know any actors that have actually turned down a part on this programme.

shazpunk Registered User
#13

Fries-With-That said:
Just a comment on previous posts.

Fair City isn't the best drama programme on tv by a long shot but it does have a few things worth mentioning.

Its home produced.
It gives actors a chance be they good bad or indifferent.
It provides employment and experience for many people that might have to travel elsewhere for it. (set decorators costume make up etc etc)
It gives script writers editors producers directors etc etc a chance to hone their skills before moving on to something else.

And to the "actors" that claim they wouldn't be interested in a part on the show I think thats a cop out, If you're so good or you're better than the existing cast (that operate on a low budget) why not try and get on the show and dazzle everyone with your skills.

I'll bet if any actor was offered a part they'd take it with both hands because of the exposure it would give them.

And finally a question does anyone know any actors that have actually turned down a part on this programme.



I actually laughed out loud at this post!

Costume and make-up work on this show is very minimal, the regular actors have a monthy budget; out of witch they buy clothes for themselves. As for make up, unless there is a particular scene requiring special make up it temds to be done very low scale. Most do it themselves, and this can be seen on screen.

The fact that it is home produced means nothing! There are many more more tallented figures in Ireland who wouldn't shame their CV with Fair City, and thoes who might be interested are snubbed becauce of the cliqueness of the production team. If Irish people are capable of winning Oscars, surely we are capable of producing something worth while. And anyone who has the mentalitly that 'oh it was produced in Ireland, its ok that its rubbish' should be ashamed of them selves. Irish people should have a higher standard for our selves!

The script writes, directors, editors etc of this show deserve to be shot. The whole production is a shambles and is an embarassment to the Irish arts scene.

I agree wholeheartedly with the actors who said they would never discrace themselves with a Fair City appearence. No matter how good an actor you are (I also agree that it takes a more tallented actor to preform on stage) if you are surrounded by the filth that Fair City attracts you are bound to look no better than them. A production is only a strong as its weakest link, and in the case of Fair City picking the weakest is a harder job than picking the best. Needless to say that is not a good situation to me in.

You're right, it would give a new actor exposure, but there is nothing worse, as far as I'm concerned, than seeing 'as seen in Fair City' printed beside a name in a cast list.


Any self respecting person in the Theatre/ Acting world would sooner accept a part in the Liberty Hall Christmas Pano. than accpt a part on Fair City.

AbitDramatic Registered User
#14

Hear Hear =D


inisboffin Registered User
#15

Sorry lads, but it really shows lack of experience imo to 'diss' film and tv work as 'not being acting'. Any pro worth their salt in the biz will tell you that they both start with a basic, but have different skill sets. I have seen wonderful stage actors look completely sh*te on screen, because they have no training in this field. Their subtext is blasted across the screen, as they are used to 'playing to a house', and are not used to making the scene/playing the action smaller.

Ditto OF COURSE for swapping screen to stage actors, again the problem can be projection/range/vocal emoting, a dozen things, but it is pure daft to play the screen vs stage yawn yawn game in terms of craft.

As for turning down a role in FC, why would you audition if you were a young actor and hated it? Are bigger names approached and turn down parts? Of course, due to scheduling, artistic differences - a million things again.

To say Anna Manahan, Donal O'Kelly, David Heap etc are bad actors...well you are entitled to your opinions, but it makes me wonder if you have SEEN them on stage. All accomplished actors. All done Fair City.

This random bitching serves no one.

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