JABALA CASTING CALL OUT - WE’RE CURRENTLY CASTING 2 ROLES (1 x FEMALE & 1 X MALE) FOR A TOUR OF ASIF KHAN’S ‘JABALA AND THE JINN’. LOOKING FOR ACTORS FROM A MUSLIM BACKGROUND, PLAYING AGE 20S, COMIC, YORKSHIRE AND ARABIC ACCENTS.
Writer Asif Khan, an award-winning playwright and actor, is passionate about creating stories drawing on his own experience of growing up as a Muslim in Britain. He is particularly keen to represent Muslim characters and communities in stories for younger audiences.
Jabala the Jinn is the tale of a little girl’s playful and adventurous encounter with a very cheeky Jinn is told through a thrilling combination of physical theatre, music and new writing.
Jabala and the Jinn, premiered online, live from the stage at the Belgrade Theatre earlier this year. It then streamed for over a month with accompanying schools outreach programme. The Production was a finalist for ‘Best Stage Production’ at this years’ Asian Media Awards and received fantastic reviews.
“a marvellous play, celebrating Arabic culture, family and children’s theatre on stage… Bringing authentic, exciting, sad and funny moments about family, friendship, grief and forgiveness, Asif Khan's well-written play draws the audience in with this charming adventurous tale” West End Best Friend ★★★★★
“lively and funny” British Theatre Guide
“This production had me hooked from the get-go. I loved it” Behind The Curtain ★★★★★
Audition dates: Wednesday 15th December & Friday 17th December 2021 in London.
Location & Dates:
Rehearsals 3 weeks in late January- mid February (Mon – Fri) 1 week in London, 2 in Bradford (depending on latest GOV. guidance)
Premiere in Bradford at Kala Sangham with a week long run. Then touring to 8 venues nationally from 25th February until 23rd April 2022 with breaks. (depending on latest GOV. guidance)
Touring venues include; 2 week run at Lyric Hammersmith, performaces at MAC Birmingham, New Wolsey Ipswich, Lighthouse Poole, artsdepot, The Arena Wolverhampton & Exeter Phoenix.
How to apply:
Application deadline Thursday 9th December 12pm.
Auditions: 15th & 17th December 2021 in London.
£510 per week plus travel & per diems
Jabala and the Jinn tells the story of schoolgirl Jabala. A few months have passed since Jabala’s mum died and her dad is struggling. One morning, she hears a voice speaking to her in Arabic – but there’s no one there. Could it be her mum? Has she imagined it?
With the help of a new refugee boy at school – a Shakespeare enthusiast called Munir – Jabala summons the Jinn (or ‘genie'). But this is no ordinary Jinn and nothing like the ones she’s heard about in her grandma’s stories. Jabala is in for a big surprise!
JINN Supporting Female (Playing age 20’s)
The Jinn isn’t your average genie but a young girl from Bradford! She is cheeky, street smart and a bundle of fun.
Substantial experience of devising, strong physical movement skills and excellent text delivery.
DAD/ MUNIR Lead Male (Playing Age 20’s). Actor from a Muslim background, comic, Yorkshire & Arabic accents.
Dad is a wonderful and caring Father but being single parents isn’t without it’s challenges- he’s certainly finding life tough as a widower.
Munir is teased at school and named ‘Refugee Boy’ he’s taken a shine to Jabala though and desperately wants to impress her with his English and his love of Shakespeare… and rap!
Substantial experience of live theatre, strong physical movement skills and excellent text delivery.
Turtle Key Arts is a member of the Independent Theatre Council (ITC).
All appointments are made subject to satisfactory references, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and are subject to an enhanced or standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.