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CALL OUT FOR MALE AND FEMALE ACTORS FOR REHEARSED READING IN LEICESTER

18 April 2017

A SCHOLAR AND A STATESMAN - rehearsed reading

CALL OUT FROM BLACK OXFORD FOR PROFESSIONAL MALE AND FEMALE ACTORS FOR PAID REHERSED READING IN LEICESTER

PRODUCTION DETAILS

A Scholar and A Statesman is a staged reading.  The first reading takes place on Saturday 6th May at the Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University, Leicester.  The second reading takes place on Sunday 18th June at the Attenborough Ars Centre. Leicester.

 AVAILABILITY:

Actors will need to be available on:

  • 5th and 6th May for the Cope Auditorium reading.
  • 15th, 16th and 18th June for the Attenborough Arts Centre reading.

PAYMENT: 

Actors will be paid the Independent Theatre Council daily rates for the rehearsals and the performance.

About the reading:

A scholar and A Statesman tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in 1890’s to navigate the double complexities of oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

Written by Pamela Roberts. Directed by Carol Leeming.

REQUIREMENTS:

Character 1: JAMES ARTHUR HARLEY mixed race male age range: 25 – 35 A tenacious, determined, motivated, hard-working man. He carries himself with immense pride and courage, which others may perceive as self-importance, pompous, and arrogant.  A people person with the gift of engaging with a diverse range of individuals, he is passionately committed to a cause and his calling to be a minister.

Character 2: JOSEPHINE LAWSON.  Black woman age range 20 - 25 A 17-year-old African American young woman. Protected from Jim Crow by her parents and their position as part of Washington Black Elite set.  She is shy, educated, with a love of literature, unworldly, trusting, naive and open with romantic ideals. She has expectations imposed upon she is expected to do better than them. However, she’s conflicted in wanting to live her life and not have it dictated to her by her parents, especially her mother.

Character 3: ROSETTA LAWSON Black woman age range: 35 - 45 An African –American woman in her late forties, A five-foot, plump, well-dressed African-American woman.   She is straight, forthright, commanding; she does not suffer fools lightly. Her educational accomplishment reflected through her dress, posture, and the family’s home address, and her social circle. Active as a social and political activist, attending numerous meetings with her cohorts.

Character 4: REV HEPWORTH White man  age range 40 - 55 A domineering and dominant force his presence ingrained and established in the parish for thirty years, ensconced in the Victorian ideologies of the church.  His attitude is: ‘My way is the right way, people understand and know their place in life, and not to question it; it’s God’s way’. 

Character 6:  ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY white man age range 45 - 55 A White English man in late sixties, his experience acquired through his many curacies command respect. He is fair in administering and dispensing advice.

Character 7: Rev Smith Black male age range 35 - 55 An African-American minister with a self-righteous attitude. No one questions his authority or power. He has been a leading light in his church for years.

Actors will also read several other parts

TO APPLY:

Please send a brief CV, headshot with contact telephone number to register your interest email Pamela Roberts  by Friday 28th April 5pm.

If you require further information, contact Pamela Roberts: 07484889145 or Carol Leeming on 07960035838.