Call-out for Host (understudy)

Upswing is looking for a talented and dynamic cover/understudy host for Showdown, a circus theatre production at Chamäleon Theater in Berlin.

The Role:

We are looking for a cover/understudy who can be available from 22 May to 28 July 2024. We are seeking an engaging individual who can work with a live audience, hosting the ‘gameshow’ at the heart of Showdown. Candidates should have a strong stage presence, an upbeat energy, a cheek/playfulness and ability to improvise around a script to create an entertaining atmosphere for the show. The role would suit someone with experience of compering, MC/ hosting or stand-up comedy as it requires a readiness to engage and respond to live audiences.

The Show:

Framed as a good night out, Showdown is a playful exploration of power, competition, and the limits of shared experience.

The audience is invited to choose the winner of a coveted singular prize: the ‘New Face of Circus’, from a dynamic cast of seven acrobats, all from the Global Majority. At first, they play along but as the game progresses, we discover more about their individual and shared experiences, seeing connection and conflict as they begin to question ‘the game’.

This tongue-in-cheek show aims to hold a mirror up to society and to the culture sector by marrying tropes of ‘game show’ and ‘diversity initiative’ to explore how people – without even noticing – can become complicit in systems that can be flawed and absurd.

Showdown challenges and entertains; making audiences laugh when they are not sure they should, get up, get involved, think, and leave the performance with new perspectives.

Watch the show trailer:

Terms & conditions

Dates: 22 May to 28 July 2024
Performances: Up to 7 shows a week, Tuesday – Sunday
VenueChamäleon Theater, Hackeschen Höfen, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41 10178 Berlin.
Must have the right to work in the EU
Must be able to perform in German and in English 

How to apply:

Deadline to apply: The evening of Sunday 19 May 2024
Auditions: 20/21 May 2024 live or online depending on location
Documentation: Please email a CV, photo, video demo/showreel and indicate where you are currently based to, stating “host cover” in the subject line. 

Please contact if you would like to arrange an informal conversation with us about this role.

Upswing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion to develop a workforce that represents the diverse communities we work with. We actively encourage submissions from people of the Global Majority, who are currently underrepresented in our sector. 


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