Casting Call for Silk Road Institute’s Professional Independent Production of Spun, written by Rabiah Hussain and Directed by Tamara Brown
Actors of South Asian and/or Muslim background are sought for the leading roles of two 21 year old, British-Pakistani women.
Auditions will be held at the Conseil des arts de Montréal (1210, rue Sherbrooke Est) on Tuesday, May 21st 2019 from 3 PM – 7 PM. Rehearsals will take place mid-August, with a two week performance run beginning mid-September.
Spun is the story of best friends, Safa and Aisha, both from working-class British Pakistani families in Newham, London. As they finish university and forge different paths, Safa goes off to work at a large organisation in central London and Aisha stays in Newham to become a teacher, though both promise to meet every Thursday. When London is attacked, Safa and Aisha feel the whole world spinning. As extremes from all sides take hold of the city, they find themselves on the receiving end of questions. Aisha is asked by her Muslim students why they are blamed for the actions of a few, and Safa is on the receiving end of microaggressions from her colleagues about where she stands as a British Muslim. As Safa distances herself from her working-class Muslim roots, Aisha embraces her identity in order to defend her own. As they each redefine who they are, cracks in their friendship appear and outside debates seep into their day-to-day conversations.
About the Silk Road Institute
The Silk Road Institute is dedicated to promoting thought provoking discussions and creative artistic expressions, with an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and building bridges across Canada’s diverse communities. With programming spanning music, poetry, literature, and theatre, the Silk Road Institute is establishing itself as one of the premier patrons of the cultural arts within the Muslim community. Through collaborations with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and national partners, the Silk Road Institute is developing arts programming to further the inclusion of Muslim communities, particularly in Canada’s national arts scene. In the fall of 2018, the Silk Road Institute launched Canada’s first professional theatre program dedicated to celebrating Muslim stories.
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Only actors selected for audition will be contacted and asked to prepare a contemporary piece, in addition to the provided sides.