Vital Xposure in association with ARC Stockton:

Casting call for Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters

We are very excited to announce that we are touring a double bill of plays, Monstrous Daughters by Julie McNamara and Medicine by Omikemi.

Two powerful stories woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths on the treatment of people we still deem ‘unworthy of life’. The extraordinary debut play by Omikemi, Medicine, investigates contemporary experiences of the mental health system by women of African heritage – unravelling a hidden story of unethical medical experimentation and exploitation. Two women trapped inside the mental health system, two centuries apart, give us two vivid and vital takes on how we have cast away our disabled daughters for medicine’s magical gains.

Monstrous Daughters is an eerie and humorous journey following the plight of Mad Mary and the young sluice boy, Walter Riddle – a haunting story from two characters who evade ‘the specimen collectors’, bringing the grisly reality of body snatching to light and inviting audiences to question our ethics in collecting and attitudes towards difference.

We are seeking to cast two black female actors for Medicine and a BSL interpreter with performance skills:

  • Elaine / Elsie – a deaf female actor of African heritage, fluent in BSL who uses her voice for spoken English, playing age 40 – 50 years
  • Kem – a female actor of African heritage, a fluent BSL interpreter, playing age 15 – 25 years
  • A BSL interpreter to personify both characters in both BSL and spoken English

The audition will take place on the morning of Tuesday 9th July in East London (zone 2).  We are not able to see you at any other time, and sorry we cannot accept auditions by skype or self tapes.

To apply, please email us the following:

  1. Your CV including the name of two referees
  2. A short paragraph stating why you are interested in the work
  3. A headshot
  4. On a separate page, please inform us of your access requirements for the audition.

Please also indicate your level of BSL, and for interpreters, please supply a record of your BSL training.

These are paid opportunities. The deadline for applications is Noon on Monday 1st July. Please email to intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk indicating which part you are applying for in your email and with Medicine Audition in the email subject line.

We will notify all applicants by Friday 5th July.

For further details, you can download the information pack in Word Document and PDF.

If you would like to submit your application in alternative formats or if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk, call 0208 123 9945 or text us on 07432421825.

Note: The playing ages for the characters of Elaine / Elsie and Kem have been updated. All applications received are being considered so this change will not affect your application. We apologise for any confusion this may cause.