Since the 22nd February I have been going to weekly workshops to be part of the community cast for the Southwark Mysteries play, which is being performed on the 22nd-24th April in Southwark Catherdral. (exactly ten years after its only other performance.)
The play has only been performed in its entirety once before in 2000 for the millenium celebrations, it was then performed in the Globe Theatre then a procession to Southwark Catherdral, for more details on the new production and book tickets go here. Tickets are also available from Southwark Cathedral, they are selling fast, opening night is already fully booked.
The community cast is almost 100 people from various walks & generations of life, so quite an interesting mix.It been extremely interesting and fulfilling to see the community cast grow from a bunch of people, who mostly did know each other to a tight knit fluid cast, who will be putting on an amazing show with professional actors and school children on the 22nd-24th April.
One example of the community cast’s growth is when we do group exercises where everyone is following the leader, but the leader changes often and sometimes these changes are so subtle that only the group knows who the leader is.
One piece of the casting yet to be completed is the role of God, the production team are hoping an A-list actor will be willing to perform this role but so far have been unavailable in finding someone available, there has been some press coverage on this.
I have decided to attempt a twitter campaign to advertise the play and see if we can get a great celebrity actor via twitter, so wish me luck and if you see a tweet with the tag #questforgod please feel free to retweet, if you like you can follow me here. You can also tweet this post using the link http://shaun.ph/myst .
If you are a celebrated actor and this sounds like a role you can ascend to, then please get in you touch via the Southwark Mysteries contact page or drop me a line and I will pass on the details.
For insight into how the production is coming along you can follow the writer John Constable’s blog. Also there are photos of the community cast & actors rehearsing.
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