Vital Xposure casting call: two female actors

Closing Date: 10 November 2019

Vital Xposure

Location: London

Remuneration: ITC / Equity rates

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Woman's face within a bottle that has the label medicine's monstrous daughters
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Vital Xposure – Casting Call
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.

We are looking for two female actors (playing age 20-40 years) preferably of Afro-Caribbean or dual heritage. Actors must have good British Sign Language (BSL) skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. We particularly welcome applications from d/Deaf actors.

To apply, please send us the following:
1. Your CV
2. A recent photograph / headshot

Please email the above to intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk by Sunday 10th November 2019.

The auditions will take place on Thursday 14th November in London.
We will notify all applicants as soon as possible after the deadline. Please let us know of any access requirements you may have for the audition.

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.