We are writers and composers and we are passionate about taking our first project to the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 and we are still looking for a cast member to play the role of 'Male Carer' in 'Once Lost'. We have now cast the show aside from this one role.
‘Once Lost’ is a musical that follows a woman living with dementia. She is unable to speak fluently or coherently but her internal thoughts and confusions are clearly expressed through the songs she sings. The musical is a series of disjointed memories she recollects and slowly pieces together whilst in her chair. The story encompasses comedy, drama and happiness amongst the reality of her condition, both within her memories and her present. The ending is bittersweet and realistic, which is not often represented as the conclusion of a musical theatre plot line. The show will be between 45-50mins and will be performed by a cast of five actors who will all sing (three female, two male).
Our goal in creating this musical is to use our industries of music and theatre to raise awareness of dementia. We want to spread the message that a diagnosis of dementia does not mean it is the end. We have had the pleasure of promoting this message with Dementia Charities such as Arts 4 Dementia, with our current cast.
We are an independent writing team made up of family and friends and are relying on self funding and any additional funding we can get from crowd funding. Therefore, we are unable to offer payment, however, we hope we can give back to the cast in other ways such as using our skills as professional sound engineers to make show reels, cast album and recordings. This is very much a passion project and we would love to find an actor/singer just as passionate as us. The actors involved have a lot of creative freedom- we love to collaborate and bounce ideas with people, and we wanted our new cast member to share this experience. The more brains, the merrier! Looking forward to meeting you.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesPerformance Date: 15th-23rd August at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Rehearsals: remote (Over Zoom)/in person (In accordance with government guidelines). Various times, weekends and weekdays until June where we will be making a more structured rehearsal schedule based around cast availability. We are flexible and can work around your schedule until the festival is on the horizon.
Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - **Note: Actors would need to work on a voluntary, collaborative basis as this is unpaid.
Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.
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Singing role- character is an older version of the other male character. The actor needs to be able to play a convincing older gentlemen and be able to sing with passion. This character has a complex and bitter sweet journey throughout the show, feeling unwavering love and happiness for his partner, however, this love is juxtaposed with the loss he feels for her.
Male, aged 18 and over
Applications closed 27 May 2021.