Casting Call: UMUADA
Where does the time go? Twenty years? How has it been twenty years since the last time I saw you?
In North-West London, the Adara family are breaking apart at the seams. As her birthday approaches, Anwu is forced to come to terms with the discovery that, having given everything to her family and career, she has in fact lost herself - and her marriage - in the process. As she wrestles with the emerging mental health condition of her eldest son, the discovery that her husband has become a stranger, and her own devastating realisation that she has not mourned the loss of her father for over twenty-five years, Anwu’s own mental health is put into high-relief. As the play climaxes, Anwu must decide whether to continue unravelling herself, or begin the painful and unfamiliar process of piecing herself-back together to begin living.
UMUADA is an exploration of black-motherhood and mental health within the urban-African diaspora. Set in current day London, UMUADA (meaning ‘first-born daughters’ in Igbo) explores the innate and often unacknowledged process of un-becoming that first generation migrant women are forced to experience and - moreover survive - if their husbands, children and communities are to thrive away from the motherland. Conceived by Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and co-written with Yosola Olorunshola, UMUADA is a witty yet poignant exploration of the disruption, dislocation, bereavement and grief that accompanies migrant-hood and motherhood.
Auditions will be done via self-tapes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for audition material.
Self-tapes should be emailed by midnight on Wednesday 8th November 2017.
Rehearsals and Performance Date:
Thursday 16th November (10am - 4pm)
Friday 17th November (10am - 4pm)
Saturday 18th November (10am - 5pm)
Sunday 19th November (10am - 1pm)
*Sunday 19th November, 3pm and 7.30pm SHOWNIGHT*
Struggling with the loss of her job, a breakdown in her marriage and the mental health of her eldest child, Anwu is suddenly forced to acknowledge her own fragility and insecurities.
Acting age of 40+. Black woman. Must be able to do a mix of Nigerian pidgin’ and RP. Ability to speak either Igbo or Yoruba desired but not mandatory.
A vibrant, young woman trying to get in touch with her African roots while working in post-Brexit corporate London, Nike is caught between holding her mother together and pursuing her own life.
Acting age 20 - 28. Black woman. Must be able to code switch between London slang, pidgin English and RP.