Casting Breakdown -
The Light Below: Stories from Ukrainian Basements
Following our recent Peace Readings: Fundraiser for Ukraine this April, Kibo Productions is excited to continue our work amplifying Ukrainian playwrights by producing a double-bill of newly translated plays this July at Barons Court Theatre.
Save the Light by Polina Pologenceva: The compelling story of a woman and her child fleeing the war in Ukraine in spring 2022. Told with humour and humanity, Polina’s story offers a unique insight into life as a refugee in a way not seen on the news. (World Premiere)
Fox, Dark as a Light Night by Andriy Bondarenko: a deeply poetic dreamplay about a lonely refugee from the 2014 war in Donbass, Igor, living in a basement and teaching Japanese online. He desperately looks for redemption and happiness, but struggles with traumatic visions from the past. (World Premiere)
We are looking for a company of four actors to collaboratively perform the two plays. The company will work with both directors. Rehearsals will be both in person and online throughout June.
Performances: 12 - 16 July 2022 at 7:30pm Barons Court Theatre
Rehearsals: Will begin week commencing 13 June. In-person and online daytime and weekends with some evening options to accommodate outside work.
Auditions: 11 June 2022 11:00am - 4:00pm at Barons Court Theatre. Auditions will be held in a group with any sides or tasks sent in advance.
To apply: please send your cv and showreel to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 9 June with any known availability conflicts during the rehearsal period (work pattern, holidays, events). Please send questions to email@example.com.
The plays will be performed in English.
The production is operating on a profit-share basis.
Female - age 25-40, Ukrainian language is a plus.
Female - age 25-40, Ukrainian language is a plus. Vocal skills.
Female - age 25-40, Ukrainian language is a plus. Slim. Dark hair.
Male - age 25-30, Ukrainian and Japanese language skills are a plus. Slim. Main role in Fox, Light as a Dark Night.
* Ability to improvise is desirable as the production will have the elements of immersive theatre.
* Experience with devising theatre is a plus.
We will shortlist all Ukrainian actors. We will also shortlist actors who have experience of being an asylum seeker.
Directors: Anastazie Toros and Bogdana Orleanova
Dramaturg: Sharon Willems
Translation: John Farndon
Producer: Kibo Productions