StoneCrabs Theatre Company is casting for THE BURIAL. We are looking for actors who are flexible, versatile and comfortable with both British and African (Nigerian) accents. Rehearsals will require both stamina and good physicality.

Character breakdown:
FUNMI (Female, 26-30)

British, lives in London, spent childhood in Nigeria. Cast away from the family because of who she married, she is determined but constrained by the expectations of those around her.
She is headstrong and reacts against these expectations. A confident young woman recently married and with a career.

IKE (Male, 30-35)
British, of Nigerian decent.
Calm and level headed, tries to keep the peace but unsure what to do or what has happened. Recently married, friendly and diplomatic when talking to others.

NGOZI (Female, 26-30) Nigerian
Loud, recently lost her husband, but conscious of how her friends and family in Nigeria will view her. Desperate to honour the memory of her husband.

AUNTY IYABO (Female, 45) Nigerian
Conservative and a believer in her traditions. Still feels she knows best and others must follow her will. Desperate to honour the memory of her husband.

Funmi has it all: a career, doting husband and a comfortable life in London… until the day her father dies and his two Nigerian wives arrive in a flurry of designer shoes and polished fingernails to clash over his burial arrangements. Born a Muslim, married a Christian and with new-found Buddhist beliefs, Funmi is forced to confront the past and her own faith to end the war over her father’s body.

Deadline for Applications: 11 March

Casting: 11 March to 16 March

Pay: £400 per week for rehearsals and performance weeks (6 weeks in total)

Writer: Bola Agbaje
Director: Franko Figueiredo
Designer: Richard Andrzejewski

Venue: The Albany

Rehearsals: 1 April to 1 May 2013
Preview: 2 May 2013

Press night: 3 May 2013
Run: 4 to 11 May 2013 (excl.sunday and monday)

Bola Agbaje
Bola Agbaje won the Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliated theatre for her first play Gone Too Far, received an Evening Standard Award nomination for most promising
playwright in 2008 and has seen her other plays, including Belong and Off The Endz, performed in major theatres across London. The playwright-turned-filmmaker has adapted the screenplay from her first play, Gone Too Far, with a release planned for autumn 2013.