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Actors Wanted for Play 'The Burning Tower'

Actors Wanted for Play 'The Burning Tower'

London, UK
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These performances are scratch fundraisers in aid of The Grenfell Foundation to mark the 2 years anniversary since the disaster. The rehearsals and performances are on the SAME DAY and scripts are allowed on stage. Consider it more a live reading than a professional performance.

Background

SPID foresaw the need to dramatise the history of social housing and learn its lessons before it was too late. In 2016, the play was commissioned with the working title Home for Heroes. It grew out of our Living History program, where local young people interviewed residents from Kensal, Silchester, Grenfell, Trellick and Edenham Way about their memories of estate life. During this research, the fire happened and became the play’s climax. The show takes its name from a tarot card symbolising the turmoil currently shaking society and the urgent need for change.


The Story

Sarah and Em are best friends who grew up together on West London estates. Since 2017, they’ve worked hard researching their estates’ past – as Living History youth ambassadors. Today they’re proud to invite us to their presentation on the local heritage of social housing. But Grenfell’s shadow threatens the show as the performance space falls into darkness, fuses blow and Sarah starts to panic. Will the mysterious old latecomer who keeps trying to take over prove a help or a hindrance?
‘And I tell you what, most of us ‘heroes’ – we’re still trapped. Firemen, grown men, seeing flames that ain’t there. Fathers, trying to stay strong and blubbing like toddlers in their sleep. Kids breaking through boarding to dig up the rubble, still searching for friends cos no one’s man enough to tell them that missing, ‘missing’…means dead. …’

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Auditions are being held on the 15th of June. Rehearsal and performance dates are 20th, 21st, 22nd of June.

Job payment

This job is unpaid - Charity fundraiser

Expenses paid - £50 per day


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Sarah

BAME specific Actively seeking individuals with connections so social housing estates. Speaks with an authentic London accent (area specific), with a tough, no nonsense exterior but is secretly soft and sensitive. She wears cheap and understated clothes that show a hint of effort – she tries to go for geek chic. She is unwittingly captivating and speaks often and with an energy that draws listeners in.

Female, aged 16 to 25

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent , Chinese, Eurasian / Pan Asian, Indian, Latinx / Hispanic

Applications closed 18 June 2019.

Em

White/caucasian We are actively seeking individuals with connections to social housing estates. A little slow but incredibly confident; carries herself with a street style bravado. Fancies herself a social activist but secretly too introverted. Tries hard to present herself as a butch gang leader, dressing the part as much as possible, but the effect is less intimidating than she’d hoped. She is fiercely loyal, with an evident willingness to defend and protect Sarah at any cost.

Female, aged 16 to 25

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Applications closed 18 June 2019.

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Listing created: 14 June 2019
Applications closed: 18 June 2019
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