Auditions are terrifying at the best of times — but these ones are set to be the stuff of nightmares, as Ireland’s top scare-house attraction spreads its terror to the capital.
The team behind The Nightmare Realm has announced auditions for up to 80 fright-fest recruits to fill starring roles in their live horror experiences in Cork and Dublin this October.
Its creator, Karl O’Connor, said they are looking for outgoing, charismatic participants willing to release their inner demons and bring their characters to life and, in some cases, back from the dead.
The Nightmare Realm has terrified thousands of visitors since its launch in Navigation House on Cork’s Albert Quay in 2009.
Now they are setting their sights on Dublin.
“The Nightmare Realm has grown immensely over the past seven years, as too has the public appetite for fresh, new and engaging experiences,” Mr O’Connor said.
“There is nothing, or has been nothing, like this in Dublin, so we’ve decided to spread terror beyond Cork with our Dublin debut, which promises to bring visitors to new and extreme levels of discomfort and fear. We have sourced the very best special effect technologies for the production, so it really will blow your mind.”
He invited those brave enough to haunt visitors to attend the auditions: “The only criteria is that you are outgoing; willing to embody the role of your character; and instill hysteria on your victims.
“We’re all about pushing the boundaries and the characters are designed to terrify attendees in lots of different ways — facial expression, blood curdling screams, and even the slightest movement made at just the right time.”
Each year the event is re-themed and this year, both events will be taken to a new level of horror full of twisted psychological games.
Successful applicants will be trained in the art of psychological scare tactics and will be transformed with professional masks, costumes, make-up, and prosthetics. No previous acting experience is required, and this year, the Nightmare Realm is searching for people with special and remarkable traits, and even double acts.
You must be over 16 to audition, and Mr O’Connor urged older enthusiasts to have a go, with hopefuls able to commit to work throughout October.
The Nightmare Realm is also holding special effects make-up trials for skilled make-up artists with an interest and talent for realistic gore effects at Albert Quay between 6pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, and in the RDS on September 3 from 6pm.
The Dublin auditions take place in the RDS this Thursday from 6pm to 8pm, and from 3pm to 5pm on September 3.
The Cork auditions take place between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday, and again on September 8 from 3pm to 5pm, and from 6pm to 8pm.
A visit to The Nightmare Realm is suitable for over-13s only. Tickets will be available to book at thenightmarerealm.ie in September, priced from €15 for adults and €13 for students.
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