Last updated 15th of June 2020
Author Lisa Hartwell
Add Your Voice to the New Plymouth Trails App
***Applications have now closed. Keep an eye here and on our social media for news of the Plymouth Trails launch!***
Calling all Plymouth voiceovers (and wannabe voiceovers)! A new Plymouth-focused app - Plymouth Trails - is looking for an authentic Plymothian voice to help guide users around our amazing city.
The Plymouth Trails project, funded by Plymouth City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Great Western Railway, Mayflower400 and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, will see the launch of an app containing three core trails: Mayflower, Hoe and City Centre, plus partner trails. Each trail will take users on a different journey around the city and share its history and landmarks. PCC is running a “search for a voice” to find a freelance voice artist to narrate the trails.
Who Can Apply?
You must have an authentic Plymouth accent. Experience is advantageous, but not essential. As Plymouth Trails’ project partners, you will work with us – Fresh Air Studios - on the recording, which means you will need to be able to come to our studios in Stonehouse for more than one recording session. We are adhering to all government guidelines regarding COVID-19, and your safety (and that of our producers) will be our priority.
This is a chance to have your voice heard by visitors from around the world, but it isn’t one of those occasions where you’ll be expected to work solely for the prestige – this is a paid opportunity.
Those shortlisted will be invited for a script read via video call in the week from 24th – 26th June 2020, with an opportunity to discuss the role further.
Terms and conditions apply (a copy is available from email@example.com). "Search for a voice” is being managed by Plymouth Trails. They reserve the right to withdraw the search at any time. Applicants must be 18+ and responsible for their own tax affairs. The decision of the Plymouth Trails review panel is final. E&OE.
How to Apply
To apply, please answer the questions below, and video-record yourself reading the script provided. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. Please do not send your applications to us as they will not be included in the final decision.
Previous voice work or relevant experience:
Permission to work in the UK: Yes / No
I am happy for my details to be held by Plymouth Trails in order to be contacted about other voice-work opportunities from Plymouth City Council or Fresh Air Studios in 2020: Yes / No
AUDITION SCRIPT: STOP 3 – PIRATES IN PLYMOUTH
Today you can see fishing boats, yachts and research vessels moored in the harbour, permanently floating in water thanks to the harbour’s lock gates.
In the time of the Mayflower, this would have been full of tall ships and small boats at the mercy of the tide.
If you were standing here in 1620 you would have been on the deck of a ship, in the water… or in the mud!
The ships of the time were worked on or owned by fishermen, merchants, sailors… and pirates.
In fact, Plymouth was the pirate and privateering capital of England. Its location made it a perfect base of operations for raids across the Atlantic and specifically in the Bay of Biscay off Spain.
Privateers could be regarded as legal pirates. They were authorised by a ‘letter of marque’ from the Admiralty to capture enemy merchant ships during times of war.
Captured vessels were sold and the profits shared between ship owners, captains and crew, with a percentage being paid to the government.
The first letter of marque was issued in 1293 and the English state continued to use them until privateering was abolished in 1856.
Privateers were often from wealthy noble families, with the right connections to investors, government and the navy.
Sir Francis Drake was, himself, a privateer. Drake, born in nearby Tavistock, would go on to defeat the Spanish Armada, sailing his fleet from Plymouth in 1588.
However, privateering in Plymouth and other towns along the coast was also a community business.
Ships were often funded by groups of local investors including inn-keepers, bakers and fishermen.
Continue walking along until the Old Custom's House is on your left. Then, cross the road to the entrance of Basket Ope.