CASTING CALL FOR NEW PLAY

ANNOUNCING THE AUDIO RECORDING OF A NEW PLAY –

‘BUBBLE FEVER‘ BY DAVID FLETCHER

Exciting news……..we are casting again and it’s a new play!

The Loft is known to stage a good deal of premieres – world premieres no less – and David Fletcher has written a new play; one which we planned to stage in the Loft Studio and at the Warwick Festival in 2020, but we all know what happened!

Last summer David had a reading of the script as it had reached the stage of creation where he wanted to hear it read aloud.  Since then he has made some changes and adapted it for audio. Rather than wait for the theatre to reopen we have decided to record it and post it online.

The plan is to cast the play by the end of January, to rehearse on Zoom in the first half of February, and to record the production by the end of February.

There are two central characters – Daniel Defoe and his adult daughter Hannah. The play also needs an ensemble company of at least four actors to play a wide range of fascinating and eccentric characters. The casting will, of course, adhere to the Loft’s casting policy which “values diversity in race, disability, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, faith and age, so casting will start from this position and always be open and neutral”.

If you are interested in being considered for a role in this recording, please email David on davidfletcher@lofttheatrecompany.com by the end of Friday 22nd January.

ABOUT THE PLAY

The play was written to mark the 300th anniversary of the UK’s first great stock market crash – the infamous South Sea Bubble of 1720. In the play, the Bubble is viewed through the eyes of Daniel Defoe and about two thirds of the play is based on the writings of Defoe – his pamphlets and extracts from the journals he edited. Defoe also wrote a lot about the plague at this time, and the resonances between health and economic crises are frighteningly relevant in our modern world.

The play has been written as part of the association between the Loft Theatre, the University of Warwick, and the Warwick Words History Festival.

David Fletcher, playwright and director

Sue Moore, artistic director  suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

12th January, 2021