GDIF 2019 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival | 21 June – 6 July 2019

Join the cast of Great North Star

Join a cast of 100 women and 25 men and be part of the spectacular finale to the Great Exhibition of the North.

Produced by FESTIVAL.ORG and directed by Bradley Hemmings, Great North Star will include mass participation, film, music, narration, and pyrotechnics in a stunning ceremony celebrating the spirit of the North and forming part of the programme for this year’s Great North Run.

Great North Star will celebrate the spirit of the North of England, as exemplified by the world’s greatest half marathon, and takes inspiration from the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (1918), which granted some women the right to vote for the first time. The show will also highlight the continuing struggle for equality and rights by women, whilst celebrating northern values of equality, resilience, and togetherness.


And you can be a vital part of it…

We are looking for 100 women* and 25 men* to join the cast that will help us tell this fantastic story through mass movement choreographed by leading UK dance theatre company, balletLORENT who are based in Newcastle.

What’s Required?
Absolutely no performance or dance experience is necessary. Whether you’re a trained dancer, enjoy the occasional disco, or have never tapped your foot to a beat – you’re more than welcome!

To be part of this opportunity you must:

– Be 16 years old or over by Friday 10 August.
– Be able to commit to all rehearsals and the final performance.
– Have a passion for the equality and rights of women.
– Embody the spirit of the North!

You must be available for the following rehearsal and show dates. If there are dates you cannot attend, please contact

All rehearsals will take place in Gateshead.

Rehearsal:                                         12-4pm, Saturday 11 August & Sunday 12 August

Rehearsal:                                         12-4pm, Saturday 18 August & Sunday 19 August

Rehearsal:                                         12-4pm, Sunday 26 August & Monday 27 August

Full cast rehearsal on site:             6-11pm, Wednesday 5 September

Filmed Dress rehearsal on site:    7-11pm, Thursday 6 September

Show Day:                                         7-11pm, Friday 7 September

Filmed Performance:                      9pm on Friday 7 September


How to apply

If you would like to be part of the Great North Star cast, please sign up via our online forms below or contact for more information.

Women: online form

Men: online form


*We are recruiting a cast made up of women, those who identify as female or non-binary and men and those who identify as male or non-binary.


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