Two lots of lines to learn. Two series of indications to the manufacturer. The names of the two protagonists up in lights. And the public only see one of them on any given night.
That could be reality if an idea supported by the work of parents and carers in the West End sees the light of day.
Be an actor or an actress in a musical is not exactly a 9-5 job.
There are usually eight shows a week – and this without counting the time needed for the tests. Not necessarily intertwine with the reality of being parents, want to be there for school, dinner, bath and bedtime.
A mother, currently starring in the West End show School of Rock took the situation in hand, after hearing about friends feeling they were forced out of the industry.
Florence Andrews, who plays the school principal Rosalie Mullins in the lounge, an online forum, call for job action in the West End. Now has more than 300 members.
But it is the sharing, the reflector of a solution that might work?
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She says: “A lot of people that I know has had a successful career and when they had children, the thought of having to stop, because it is six days a week.
“And then there are others who do not have children, because they wanted to stay in the business.
“In other professions, job sharing is an option, so we set up the group that had hundreds of members, after two or three days. I realized that the measure of how many people were desperate.
“There is a deep-rooted culture of blood, sweat and tears, but realistically, in today’s world, you cannot expect.”
She is now hoping to start discussions with the manufacturers to find out how the process of action might work.
“The shows of the West End is a puzzle that anyway, with a lead and the first and second covers. There is often someone ill or on vacation. Thus, there can be a lot of changes.” You might also like
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There is already what is called an alternative system, that sees to bring artists to miss one or more shows a week in a challenging role.
It is something that the protagonist of Hamilton, Jamael Westman is doing, with Ash Hunter as his replacement.
Actually started with the Phantom of the Opera when Sarah Brightman was replaced in some performances. But now there is a call for to extend to more roles that allow actors to take part in the process of actions and spend more time with their families. ‘It’s a lot of for every parent’
Caroline Sheen, who has appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia in the West End, has joined the group, and says the industry is not well-designed for parents.
“Eight shows a week for a year – it’s a lot for the parents,” says Sheen, who has a five-year-old daughter. She is a fan of having an alternative scheme to be extended.
“To explore these avenues further means for the people who are parents have more options open to them,” he says. “I was only able to take short-term contracts, because of their parents, the guilt of leaving her for so long. A job share would make life easier for parents.
“There are obviously pros and cons to having more people in work is always a good thing.”
He admitted the public may prefer an actor in a leading role, but he added: “the Show change once a year in each case. There are always comparisons.
“People want to be the best person for the job. All is standard in the West End, and that would not put people in that role, if not the work.
“Some shows are fans that go back and see four or five times – they like to see different performers in the role, and will be able to find out when the replacements are so you can see.
“I don’t know if we’re asking for our cake and eat it too. But I don’t know anyone would say no if it could not job share. I would say yes, deal with it and then feel guilty.” As the theatre industry is helping
It seems like something that might be popular with the actors. Helena Bonham Carter has said she would like to do more theater jobs, if the available actions (and that he has had discussions on how to do just that.
But it is said that the sector is not already doing the best you can to make the workplace work for the parents.
When Noma Dumezwini of a step of the last-minute to appear in Linda at the Royal Court, the theatre provided assistance to enable it to take the title role. And at the Donmar Warehouse, Hadley Fraser has been given paternity leave during rehearsals for Saint Joan.
Fraser, an ambassador for the campaign group of Parents and carers In Performing Arts (PIPA), has become a dad for the first day of practice for the game.
“The timing could not be more perfect or imperfect,” he said. “But the Donmar I was told to take off a week every time my daughter arrived, which was a lifesaver. They were fantastic”.
Fraser, currently starring in “young Frankenstein”, think job sharing might work as a solution, but it is observed that all parents are different.
“To a certain extent, in the West End, the job-sharing exists, where the parts are particularly demanding. And I don’t think it would affect the public. I can’t imagine that you would have seen a very different performance.”
His wife is also currently in the West End too, the protagonist of The Ferryman. Fraser says: “we know that a number of parents who are both in the performing arts. You have to be a little creative with the way manage our life.” ‘Make a sacrifice’
Kerry Ellis, who has been described as the ” first lady of musical theatre, has appeared in everything from “My Fair Lady, Wicked, Oliver, and is the mother of the boys, between the ages of two and four years.
It took them the evidence for The Importance of Being earnest, in which she is currently starring.
“Every working parent has to find that balance of work and home life,” he says. “It is a balance for all. If the debate, which is wonderful.
“I’m not sure how shows will do when you’re paying to see someone. But maybe with short-term contracts, not having to commit to a year, it might work.
“I’m incredibly lucky to have a supportive network of home-my parents and husband are wonderful.”
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She says that she is at home as much as she can be, and adds: “I have perhaps more concentrated time with them. But you make a sacrifice, I don’t know what the answer is.”
Ellis says of the job-sharing: “it may be more work for the producers. But it is a great conversation to have.
“There may be an impact on the rest of society. You have to do with substitutes, and things change. But when you’re in a show, you are a team. If one of the leaders, there is no consistency, I don’t know how it might work.
“But something more like three months, three months.”
Cassie Raine, he co-founded the PIPA two years ago, to support and campaign for those with children who do not want to be forced to leave the industry after starting a family.
Their paper suggests actions in the theater industry.
“Job sharing is a way to make it more suitable to children,” he said. “But the needs of every aspect of the production, and every parent – is unique.”
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