Royal and Derngate seek local actors for upcoming production

Following the success of previous productions of A Tale of Two Cities, The Hook and The Grapes of Wrath, Royal & Derngate is looking for local people to form a new acting company to take part in a forthcoming Made in Northampton production, Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, alongside the professional cast. Auditions will take place at the theatre on Thursday 18 October.

In 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who spoke to her of a coming genocide. She was ignored by her friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be true. Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho presents a haunting insight into the true events that captured the world’s attention, and was hailed “the most important play of the year” by the Wall Street Journal when it premiered in New York.

Featuring stirring original music, the UK premiere of Our Lady of Kibeho, directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director James Dacre, promises to be an epic event and Royal & Derngate would like the community to be part of it. The theatre is looking to appoint a black cast to represent members of the Rwandan community. This community ensemble will be involved as characters in the play and, although not having speaking roles, may be expected to sing and to move as a group. No previous drama, dance or singing experience is required to take part, just a willingness to learn in relaxed and enjoyable sessions.

The initial workshop auditions will take place at the theatre in groups of 10 to 20 for 60 minutes each on Thursday 18 October, with slots at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm. Anyone over 16 is welcome to audition. To register and get a timed slot to attend, download a registration form from the theatre’s website. For more information contact Erica Martin on 01604 655732 or email

Those selected from the auditions will be invited to a series of workshops, taking place on Thursday evenings from 1 November to 27 December. The group will work together on ensemble skills including vocal and movement work. Participants will also need to be available during daytimes and evenings for technical rehearsals in week commencing 7 January. Performances are in the evenings from Saturday 12 January to Saturday 2 February (excluding Sundays), with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Full details of rehearsal commitment and performance times will be sent to all those who wish to audition or can be downloaded from the website.

For more information about Our Lady of Kibeho or to book tickets, visit or call Box Office on 01604 624811.