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Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters

Developed with ARC Stockton

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 plays, inspired by real life events, are woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths about the treatment of people deemed ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ and asks how much of our humanity do we lose in search of the cure?

Julie McNamara’s Monstrous Daughters is a funny and haunting story, told from the perspective of Mad Mary, on the run from ‘the specimen collectors’. Hidden amongst the human specimens in an old museum, Mad Mary searches for her lost baby, and encounters Walter Riddle, looking for the bones of an Irish giant whose dying wish was to avoid ending up on display. They bring the grisly reality of body snatching to light and invite audiences to question our attitudes towards difference.

Medicine, the extraordinary debut play by Omikemi, looks at contemporary experiences of the mental health system by women of African heritage and unravels a hidden tale of unethical medical experimentation and exploitation.

The story moves between the lives of Elaine and Kem, struggling against a system that seems only to want to make them compliant and invisible/ and Elsie Lacks, institutionalised at the age of 10 and experimented on without her family’s consent. Elsie’s mother, Henrietta Lacks, was the source of the eternal HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines ever used in medical research. Those cells were taken without her permission.

As part of our ongoing casting, we are currently looking for a female actor of Afro-Caribbean heritage (playing age 40 years or over) to play a lead role in our forthcoming production.

Production schedule:

Rehearsals Start: Monday 24th February 2020 in London
Tech week: Monday 16 March – Stockton on Tees
First Show: Thursday 19th March – Stockton on Tees
Final Show: Saturday 18th April – London

Remuneration will be in line with ITC / Equity rates.

To apply, please send us the following:

  1. Your CV
  2. A recent photograph / headshot

Please email the above to intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk.

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