The Audition

Producer: Outer Urban Projects
Writer: Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves, Milad Norouzi, Patricia Cornelius, Sahra Davoudi, Tes Lyssiotis and Wahibe Moussa
Directed By: Irine Vela

A drama examining the power relationships of the audition process and what it means to seek asylum.


“Irine Vela seamlessly directs The Audition to create electrifying theatre… the work shimmers, mirage-like, between asylum seekers claiming protection and actors preparing to audition, with cognate politics and piercing resonance.\” – Cameron Woodhead, The Age.  

Asylum seekers share something in common with Australian actors — they are both outsiders with an uncertain status. Just like actors, they become expert at waiting whilst remaining forever hopeful. But what if you are both an asylum seeker and an actor? How long must one wait? 

The Audition is a theatre work performed with live music. It is inspired by two commanding young Iranian artists, Milad Norouzi & Sahra Davoudi, who were asylum seekers while developing & creating the work. They imbue the show with a tension & truth that is palpable, poetic and at times absurd. Joining them in the creative team are some of Australia’s finest writers and actors. 

The Audition is sharply funny, poetic, insightful and moving. 

Short Reviews

Political theatre at its electrifying best
Cameron Woodhead, The Age
The Audition is unforgettable. Actors, asylum seekers and immigrants remind us of perpetual expectations... Outstanding newcomer Milad Norouzi’s inspirational work Beautiful Jail is moving.
Lyn Zelen, Theatre People
From the beginning, this is a showcase in which a fine cast can amply demonstrate their skills... The electric switch from one to the other, in the suspended seconds when roles blur together before they differentiate into separate circumstances, creates powerful theatre
Alison Croggon, The Saturday Paper


Technical Information

Touring Party: 6
Bump-in Time: 4 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No


  • 13 LED pars 
  • 22 x 650W Fresnels 
  • 10 x 1.2 k Fresnels 
  • 1 x Acclaim Profile 18/34.  


  • In small venues amplification may not be required.
  • In larger venues, venue to provide: 
  • 4 x wireless wearable mics for actors 
  • 1 x instrument mic and mic stand and/or transducer for Kanun 


  • All sets & properties provided.  
  • Suspended swing (*not weight bearing, so no rigging required) 
  • 1 x chair 
  • 1 x stool 
  • Clothing rack – performers use to change characters  
  • Props – stick (tree branch), basketball and script  
  • Kanun, hand drum and a guitar 
  • Stage covered with red flooring, with sand mounds positioned around to convey a detention centre in a desert.  

Crew Notes

  • Lighting operator required for performances. 

Transport Notes

  • 1 tonne van and a 6 seated people mover van.
  • Cast and crew can travel by plane, if required.  
  • Company has access to a 6 seated people mover van.  

Audience & Marketing Notes

Renowned playwrights.
The work has had critical acclaim and stunning reviews.
Broader refugee and migrant communities will relate to the work.
Live music and song performed on Kanun – a “ harp” of the middle east by an exquisite player.
The issue of asylum seekers is ongoing, & is deeply important to many in our communities & audiences
School audiences – The Audition to be published by Currency Press.
Outer Urban Projects are developing resource kit for VCE theatre studies,other year levels.

Selling Points

  • Renowned playwrights and excellent cast
  • Themes are relevant / contemporary / provocative – ideal for theatre audiences, performing artists and school performances
  • Two performer/writers are former refugees – ideal for connection to local diverse community groups

Community Engagement

  • Outer Urban Projects has a strong track record of engagement with hard-to-reach audiences. The company can resource and develop tailored options for outreach and workshops with presenters to garner group bookings.
  • A Q&A is offered with each tour location.
  • Community partnerships can include local government, youth, community and health services, neighborhood houses and schools to discuss themes of racism, cultural diversity, identity and the resettlement of refugees.

Content Warning

This work includes themes of incarcerations and deaths at sea – support will be made available to audiences, cast and crew and include resources to Lifeline, Beyond Blue, Support Act Wellbeing Helpline and GriefLine.





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Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black box, Thrust, Residency, Flat floor, Hall


65 mins Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $27,500

Weekly Sell Off: $21,210

Per Performance: $10,605

Royalties: 10%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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